Continuing to Thrive in Uncertain Times

Rethink, refocus, and renew

I recently received an excellent article from the International Coaching Federation. The author, Ellen Kocher, ACC writes about working during unknown times such as these with the COVID-19 pandemic. She shares her experiences as a Health Coach in Switzerland, where drastic measures have already taken place. Much like our country, she states there is a lot of anxiety, confusion and negativity. As a coach myself, I found the article informative and insightful. It is time to rethink, refocus and renew.

How can we continue to thrive and provide service for our patients, our clients, and our community?

 Here are a few suggestions this author shared with the coaching community.

The first step is rethinking, then renewing and reconnecting in creative and caring ways.


The crisis has everybody rethinking and behaving more mindfully. We are washing our hands more and eating for health while avoiding crowds and handshakes. These changes represent a shift in mindset. An acronym that demonstrates this shift nicely is called the “STOP mode:” stop, take a breath, observe and proceed. This is a more mindful behavior and is considered an ideal mindset for approaching the unknown.

We can take advantage of this mindset to:

  • Be here in the present, recognizing that many of our negative thoughts are not our current reality since most of us are healthy, our loved ones well, and life fine.
  • Be grateful for the things that are going well in life right now and focus on the present—a powerful antidote to worrying about the future.
  • Acknowledge the fear, anxiety and worry that we may be experiencing, which can help us not to dwell too long in the negative emotional space.
  • Ask ourselves what precautions we can take to manage the uneasiness and make things feel less overwhelming.
  • Check in with our physical well-being.
  • Anticipate what aspects of our business might be affected by the Coronavirus ripple effect (e.g., cancellations, shutdowns or negativity).
  • Think about what is going on in the minds of our patients and clients and what might best serve them right now.


After rethinking, we can be inspired to renew by:

  • Continuing to be purposeful, realigning our values with our work.
  • Enjoying our free time and balancing our lives.
  • Seizing the opportunity to acquire and train in new software or other resources in order to maintain productivity, renew and grow.
  • Leveraging email, instant messaging and social media platforms toward better and more consistent use.
  • Ensuring adequate separation of work and personal life, carving out a designated workspace if remote work is a new solution.


This unusual situation gives us a wonderful opportunity to:

  • Stay connected with your friends and family, making adjustments as warranted.
  • Maintain meaningful connections to keep relationships alive and attitudes positive.
  • Draw strength from loved ones to help us all stay strong and optimistic.
  • Connect with them by phone or email to communicate clearly about our renewals and agility faced with the unusual situation.

What Now?

We are not in this alone! We are dealing with this as individuals, as healthcare providers, as communities and as a planet. Drawing strength from each other, recognizing our emotions and showing agility through renewal can help us flourish and thrive! We do not know how long the anxiety, confusion and negativity will last once business and daily activity return to ”usual,” but we can leverage this opportunity to grow, be strong and feel better now.

When we feel good, resilient and healthy, we are all better able to cope with whatever is happening around us. Who knows what fresh innovation this might bring to coaching and to us?

Let’s share our thoughts and don’t forget to STOP.


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