I’ve lost count of the number of emails I’ve received with “PPP” in the subject line. I’m not sure about you, but the constant promotion of the Paycheck Protection Program is beginning to wear on me, almost as much as the phrase “unprecedented times.”
Don’t get me wrong: the idea behind the PPP program is awesome. But once June 30th rolls around, there are three P’s that we will still need to focus on. In fact, if we’re really serious about making an impact, we should already be focusing on these three P’s right now.
The PPP’s that will withstand the test of time are:
Let’s take a look at each of these.
People: My grandfather always used to emphasize the value of treating people well. He took it to heart so much, it was almost as if he never met a stranger in his life. He always gave people the benefit of the doubt, and he treated all the people he met as if they were his very best friends. While I cannot say that I am exactly like him in this manner, I can tell you that prioritizing my team and treating people with respect has opened doors for me that otherwise would have remained firmly bolted shut. You can have the same experience if you choose to treat your people well.
Perspective: I started meditating in high school. I dropped it for a while, then I dabbled again in college while I was taking yoga certification courses. But up until relatively recently, I saw meditation as nothing more than the art of doing and thinking about nothing. I didn’t see the value for myself, especially when I had so many other things to do. I’d even try to duck out of yoga classes early before we had to lay still on our mats and do nothing.
However, wonderful things happen when you change your perspective. By changing my perspective about meditation, my whole relationship with this incredible practice also shifted. I went from occasionally meditating to making it part of my daily routine.
I wrote about perspective in another recent blog, too. In that post, I shared how you can take the perspective that everything going down in the world right now is happening to you… Or you can choose to believe that, perhaps, this is all happening for you.
What it comes down to is that whatever your perspective, the choice is yours. A friend, Erin Leigh, shared a quote with me a little while ago from Hellen Keller:
I just love how such a simple shift – choosing which way you are facing – provides such a profound change in experience (a life of sunshine, or a life of shadows).
Potential: For years before I actually did it, I believed I could have my own company. I believed I could live anywhere I wanted in the world. I believed I could learn how to speak another language. All that potential lived inside of me, just waiting for permission and space to come out.
Right now, we are all in the position of having spent weeks, maybe months, holding all our bottled-up potential inside. For many of us, that potential is now begging to be set free. The world is ready for change, and you are the one who has the potential to deliver it.
Believe in your potential, choose your perspective, and prioritize your people. When you do, you will never have to worry whether a bank or the government will step in solve the world’s problems. Instead, we will solve them. Together. Humxns are the only ones capable of making this world, our world, a better place.