Listening to Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s latest broadcast to the nation, he referred to the analogy of mountaineering. He was referring of course to the pandemic – praising us for doing so well to manage the journey to the peak and pointing out that the journey down is often harder.
In climbing terms, the legs are weak from summiting, the mind is less focused and concentration can lapse. One loose bit of rock or unseen crevasse and disaster can strike (even for a nimble footed Cumbrian sheep) – I’m a runner rather than a climber and I know my off-road falls have come when one or more of these 3 factors occur.
The analogy brought to our minds how the 4 main stages of behaviour we observe during our team building with sheep programmes also relate to our reaction to the pandemic:
We all need to remain committed to our new behaviours (which are keeping us safe) and capitalise on our new skills (maybe a new-found love of painting or running is helping you de-stress, now and in the future). And to move successfully and happily from stage 3 to 4, something is needed which we always watch out for in the field and don’t see as frequently as we’d like: praise / recognition.
It’s been wonderful to see both our national gratitude through the Thursday evening clapping and more specifically the tsunami of acts of kindness being shown in so many ways every day. How do you feel when you’re participating and/or at the receiving end of these actions? More or less inclined to keep going, keep committed, be successful i.e. beat this dreaded virus?
Let’s remain positive, driven and believe in success.
“Stay Apart (which we prefer to Alert, sorry Boris*), Control the Virus, Save Lives”
And when the time is right we can celebrate!
* credit Laura Richards founder of Evolve.Jobs in her LinkedIn post.