Let’s talk vaccine. Let’s talk hope. The newspapers are flooded with headlines on the latest breakthrough in the Coronavirus vaccine.
Just when we thought we would have to get used to the ‘new normal’ of face masks, one way systems, and a lack of luxuries, we hear that there is a clearer light at the end of the tunnel.
What should be clarified is that there is still a long way to go.
I wanted to write about this because hope is a powerful feeling. Hope feels great and it can fill you with a warmth of things to come. What it can also do however is create a path of either procrastination and/or disappointment.
The hope comes because yes, a vaccine is possible and yes, the vaccine will be with us eventually. This will not be tomorrow or next week though.
As we have gone into a second lockdown, you may have finally gotten used to the way things are, you are making plans that suit the current circumstances and you have given yourself new, realistic goals.
Don’t let all of that go out of the window
What I wouldn’t want to happen is for anyone to feel like they can stop what they’re doing because ‘things will change back soon’ or they want to change their plans and goals back to what they were pre-pandemic.
This is not to be the bearer of bad news, what I want to do instead is actually encourage ‘Keep Calm and Carry On’. This is the perfect situation to consider that phrase and keep going, and keep pushing with whatever you are doing.
If you carry on as normal as you possibly can, then you set yourself as clear a path as any for success, rather than being diverted on hope or an assumption.
Turn hope into a reality rather than a dream
Hope is not a bad thing, hope can spur you and drive your forward. What you need to remember is that hope needs to remain in your control. Take note of what you are hopeful for, and ensure that you are able to turn that hope into success.
The best piece of advice I can give right now takes us back to my tips on how to mentally prepare for the second lockdown. So, remember the present and your aspirations for your new future.
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