Rising Above the Pandemic: How to Persist in Challenging Times







Do you remember what it was like to watch a television news broadcast before? The bulletin would cover both nationwide and global events, followed by sports coverage and ending off in a weather update from the weatherman.' Depending on where you were in the country, you'd either get an optimistic or not so positive forecast for the following day's weather. Either way, this allowed you to plan, choose appropriate outfits and make decisions for you and your family for the next few days. Most elements of our lives were predictable then, allowing us to make future projections and implement steps into our days that would eventually lead us to execute our dreams.


It’s been just over a year since our lives changed. What most of us had hoped would be a momentary flu-season turned out to be an unpredictable global pandemic. Many of us were stunned and shocked into a state of disbelief. Currently, thousands of Americans are facing some challenging obstacles due to the influence of the pandemic. I don’t think anyone expected that they would lose their jobs, that they would relocate to new destinations seeking affordable housing, or have to shut down all entrepreneurial pursuits to make daily ends meet.


We all have different reactions to situations. Some people have kept it moving with minimal interruption while others remained rooted to the scene, unable to move. As a professional coach, I frequently get contacted by individuals facing the pandemic's adverse effects. In their letters, people seek guidance on various issues, such as moving past personal trauma or pivoting into a new career. One lady wrote, "I know that I should move on and the relationship is over, but this was the man I was supposed to marry." An embattled entrepreneur mentioned how "everything was picking up until Covid-19 hit.” Both these individuals sought light on how to move forward.


When I wrote the book, Tomorrow Can’t Wait, I had come to a pivotal intersection. My life was not perfect. I asked myself, "What if you woke up tomorrow and lived a radically different life?”

The book was a personal challenge to leave the wheel of circumstantial procrastination. Life’s responsibilities and unwanted interruptions can thwart our dreams, leaving us to feel as though there are not enough hours in the day to complete personal goals.


When we hit this fork in our journeys, it is essential to remember that we still have a CHOICE to leave the pit of indecision in pursuit of SOMETHING GREATER. Here are some quick TIPS for finding ways to move on in your life.


Take Action: Record A Personal Assessment

Take a personal assessment of where you presently are. Even better, record yourself as though you are having a dialogue with a trusted friend.


  • You will need your phone or computer webcam to take part in this assignment.

  • Find a quiet and comfortable space in your home.

  • Think of one area in your life that you would like to enhance. Once you’ve identified this challenging area, bluntly state your thoughts about it into the recorder.

  • Imagine that the recorder is your most trusted friend who has come over to listen to you. Try to speak into your device for a 3-5minute period, ensuring that all of your concerns are addressed.


Here are some questions you can answer and record into your device.


  1. From which area in your life is it the most challenging to move on?

  2. Who do you blame for this area of discontentment in your life?

  3. What would you be doing right now if this were not such a hard spot in your life?

Record your responses in a journal or another audio file. The recordings will help document your journey toward an elevated self. You can return to these thoughts later on to monitor your progress. Don’t put off the things you would like to do today. Let’s move on together!


Consider attending the online Upgrade My Life & Biz event this March to kickstart your 2021 goals. We would love to help you to:

  • Identify the gaps between your now and future goals.

  • Leave self-limiting beliefs behind.

  • Jumpstart the strategies that you need to elevate yourself from where you presently are.


Take action today!


Dr. Allana Da Graca is the founder of Turning On the Lights Global Institute.

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