What happens when coronavirus ruins your plans?

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Hey there,

it’s your boy Phil from Mind of Steel. And if you’re like most people, you’re probably beginning to feel your mind cracking in isolation.

As Owlman would say, you’re only human.

A lot of people I know feel the same way. They feel pressure due to their jobs, or lack of socializing, or just being bored out of their minds.

For some reason, I don’t. In fact, I can’t remember the last time I felt this good. A big part of this is pure luck (as I explained in my previous newsletter), but the other part is my current mindset.

Some background: I returned from a 6-month trip just as the coronavirus situation was starting to grow. My plan was to stay with my parents for a few months until I find a job, then grab a place and that’s that.

Enter corona. A.k.a. “The Destroyer of Plans”. I went to a lot of job interviews in the past few months: some I got rejected immediately, some I wasn’t the best candidate, but some jobs I got — they just can’t hire me because of corona.

Well… shit. That sucks.

But instead of crying about how all my plans got ruined and I can’t get a job, I decided to focus on things I can control. For example, I created a personal portfolio (which includes a case study of Mind of Steel redesign, if you’re interested).

accepted that I will likely be stuck at home with no new opportunities and not much money. And I’ll be honest, this made me depressed for a day or two.

But then I figured something: I can spend more time on Mind of Steel. In these times, a lot of people need advice on battling anxiety and keeping mental strength. So the best thing I can do for everybody is to focus 100% on that.

On top of that, I decided to see this as “alive time“. Instead of just wasting every day, I can:

  • Finally develop the skills I wanted to, but never had the time.
  • Get better sleep and improve general health (also helps fight corona).
  • Read more and write more.

And remember — YOU ARE NOT ALONE.

Here is how other Mind of Steel readers are dealing with these issues:

“Thank you for sharing those ideas on how to keep strong during this difficult time for all of us. I do have some few to help me cope:

Stop reading/watching too much news: 
It’s true that we have to keep updated with what’s happening around the world, but watching news a lot can make people depressed and it’s killing most people mentally. So I take my time off screen for some time.

Find something to keep myself busy: Being busy especially during this pandemic is one of the ideas that have worked for me thus far. I host some online seminars to keep people uplifted and help school children now that schools are closed. That keeps my mind locked on the positives, it’s wise to not just get busy but be productive as well.

Working out: Keeping our bodies fit improves our immune system and sharpens our mind. I do have some home programs to keep myself fit during this pandemic.”

Aubrey

Today I read about your YES/NO approach for changing habits.
This is the lockdown period due to COVID-19 and we are mostly at home only. Hence my day was not planned well at first.
So after some days, I decided to prepare a list of tasks which I will do every day during this period. (I think this is a YES approach for building a habit.) Reading one article from Mind of Steel is one task in the list. For the last 15 days, I have been succeeded around 85% (some days got off track).

Neeta

​What about you? How are you dealing with this? Reply and let me know.

Stay strong,

Phil

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