The global pandemic known as COVID-19 has taken news and media by storm in just a few months. Since being discovered in December 2019, it has spread to almost every single continent in the world and struck fear into the hearts of citizens worldwide. And as the days pass by, the burning question on everyone’s mind grows stronger and stronger. How many more people are going to become infected? How many more lives will succumb to this deadly virus? Will I be able to survive this pandemic?
As a result of how infectious the coronavirus is, governments are issuing lockdowns and countries are closing their borders in an attempt to neutralize the threat. Due to the numerous safety measures and procedures in place, the lives of many people have suddenly been shaken up. People who communicate with others on a daily basis are suddenly finding themselves in isolation. Neighbors are wary of who they interact with and maintain ‘social distancing’ to keep themselves safe. Businesses are on the verge of bankruptcy, and companies are telling their employees to work from home – or laying them off altogether. The coronavirus is no longer just threatening our health, it’s threatening our lifestyle and the habits that we’ve grown accustomed to for so long as well.
Unless people take a good look at what they’re doing, they’ll never achieve control over their lives. They’ll continue reacting to these threats in irrational ways, instead of finding solutions. Here’s why the coronavirus may be the wake up call the world needs, and what the future holds.
How A Pandemic Has Revolutionized The Way We Operate
Before the coronavirus became a pandemic, humans operated in a set pattern. Going to work meant physically traveling to your work environment. People who interacted with others were perceived as sociable and outgoing. These were the kinds of behaviours that society considered ‘normal’, and to deviate from them would be considered unacceptable.
But almost overnight, that all changed. People became paranoid and started avoiding each other. Going to work is now considered a health hazard. And public areas that people gather in, such as restaurants and small businesses, are shut down and not allowed to operate any longer. Suddenly, everyone has to adapt to a new way of living. Socializing is replaced with isolation. Working at an office is replaced with working remotely. Being open and friendly isn’t “normal” anymore – people are now wary and more cautious than ever.
What’s even more interesting, is the effect it has on people. Before the coronavirus became a global pandemic, working from home was unheard of and only for managers or supervisors. But now, everyone’s doing it. This pandemic is changing more than just how we operate – it’s changing the way we perceive what’s normal in society.The coronavirus isn't just affecting the economy, it's also shifting the traditional beliefs of society. Click To Tweet
How Consumer Habits Will Be Responsible For A Pandemic Induced Recession
The problem is, people don’t like to think. Before the coronavirus was a big deal, everyone continued on with their daily lives, not caring about what could go wrong. They built habits and a lifestyle that revolved around those habits. And the ones that made going to work a habit, are the ones who will suffer the most.
With employment rates rising and businesses going bankrupt, the threat of a recession occurring within the next few months looms closer and closer. Businesses are going through tough times. Companies are laying workers off. Consumer spending has plummeted because of the coronavirus, and people are being forced to stay at home.
All of this means that employees relying on a 9-5 job for income are in the worst possible position to be in financially. They’re completely reliant on their jobs as their only stream of income. And during a recession, that’s one of the biggest mistakes you can make. Take for example, a hotel manager in Georgia that had to lay off 9 out of 10 workers, because of how bad business has gotten. With the current coronavirus pandemic that’s circulating around the globe, businesses are going through tough times and forced to lay off their employees to keep their businesses alive.
How Daily Habits Determine Your Future
The problem is that people who rely on a job for income, have a routine they are accustomed to. They’ve gotten comfortable with their daily schedule, and as a result haven’t thought of what they would do if they lost their job. When the unfortunate news hits them, suddenly they are panicking. They don’t know what to do, because that’s all they’ve been doing all this time.
This means that a lot of consumers are starting to realize just how badly this pandemic is affecting their lives. They’re starting to realize where their habits have gotten them. They’re hearing stories about their friends or family getting laid off from their jobs. Or they themselves have been laid off. And now they’re thinking about the current situation they are in, and how it got to this point.
The truth is that this happens to people because of their habits. When you rely on a job for income, you don’t think about anything else. You don’t think about creating a different stream of income, because you don’t need to. Your job is already providing you with enough income. The only reason you would find another stream of income, and create that habit, is if you needed to.
Ask yourself – what habits have you been holding onto all this time? How have they changed since this global pandemic was discovered? Are you currently in a position to endure a recession? Or is your financial confidence tied to your boss or company?
If that’s your situation and you don’t like it, reflecting on what habits you have and if they’re helping you. You’ll be able to discover what habits you should develop instead.
The Coronavirus Pandemic Is Bringing Out People’s True Colors
With all the news and headlines surrounding the coronavirus, the general public is afraid. They are panicking and allowing fear to consume them, and behaving in irrational ways.
Compare this behaviour to those of world leaders, such as presidents, governors, and prime ministers. Instead of giving in to the panic and becoming frantic, they are finding solutions. They are solving problems.
This is because the mindset between these two types of people differ. The general public is easily swayed by the latest ‘hot’ news and tend to do what everyone else is already doing. If they see someone hoarding paper towels, they’ll be inclined to do the same thing. They’re being governed by their emotions and fear, not their rational logic.
World leaders however, do not give into the fear and panic. They assess the situation calmly, and make a decision to solve the problem at hand. These are decisions such as closing a countries’ borders, or ordering people to stay in their homes. For example, the Prime Minister of Canada announced it would be providing funding to help out it’s citizens. Trudeau is aware that many employees are being forced out of work, and unable to earn any income. They’re aware that unless the government does something about everyone who’s out of work, the economy is going to collapse. And instead of sitting around waiting for the worst to happen, they are taking action.
This is an example of how leaders think differently from everyone else. Instead of panicking about people being laid off, they’re taking steps to reduce the impact of the coronavirus. They’re finding solutions to problems, instead of giving into them.You only see a person’s true colors when they’re under stress. - Unknown Click To Tweet
The Uncomfortable Truth We Are Now Only Beginning To Witness
Despite how far the human race has come with technology, innovation and research, we were never prepared for a pandemic on this scale. In fact, in 2015 Bill Gates’ gave a TED talk on how our current society is not ready for a global pandemic. And he was right.
Compared to other epidemics that we have encountered, the coronavirus is on a much larger scale. Epidemics like SARS, Ebola and Swine flu generated just as much media attention as the coronavirus, but in reality these diseases were limited to much smaller geographic regions. COVID-19 however, can be found in almost every continent. It’s reach is global, and has infected hundreds of thousands of people around the world.
The reason the coronavirus has infected the rest of the world, is because we did not prepare for it. Society did not take the measures necessary to prevent it from spreading, until it was too late. For example, even after the coronavirus was discovered, many airports still allowed travelers to board planes without any kind of virus scan. This resulted in many infected individuals who did not show symptoms, to go on and infect many other people in different countries.
Society is not prepared for a pandemic. It has not taken the measures necessary to prepare us for one. And as a result, we are now paying the price.
The Reason Why We Aren’t Prepared For The Coronavirus Pandemic
The biggest reason why society isn’t prepared for a pandemic and most likely never will be, is because there is no need. We do not face the threat of a pandemic consistently enough to divert resources toward preventing one.
For example, companies that demand their employees to work in an office, don’t have to ever think about making sure their employees can work remotely. That thought never even crosses their mind. As a result, they do not possess the knowledge, infrastructure, communication mediums and technology to allow their employees to work from home. Unfortunately, that means during a pandemic such as the coronavirus, these companies face disaster. Suddenly, they have to find ways to allow their employees to work remotely, when they’ve never done so before. They have to scramble to put something together, or risk having their business flop.
Whereas a company that already has a work from home policy has nothing to worry about. For them, coronavirus lockdowns and working from home are just another normal day. They already have all the necessary measures in place to allow their employees to work remotely – they just have to use them.
This is why the coronavirus has become a pandemic. We did not take it seriously enough, until it was too late. Humans naturally have a tendency to procrastinate. Unless there is an immediate need for something, we will put it off and focus on things that have a greater priority – such as making the economy stronger or developing new technology to make our lives easier. Until we change our habits and mindset on how we view epidemics and disease, we will forever be enslaved to them whenever a new one is discovered.
Preventing A Pandemic Costs Far Less Than Trying To Cure One
Instead of trying to find a cure, we should focus on prevention. Preventing a disease from escalating into a pandemic is much less costly than trying to cure a pandemic that has already spread itself across the world.
For example, whenever a new disease is discovered, what’s the first thing people do? They panic and start telling everyone they know about the ‘new disease’ and where it originated from. And as the disease begins to infect more and more people, suddenly people start paying more attention to it. They begin to do more research on what kind of symptoms the disease will show. As death rates rise, now everyone’s on high alert. Paranoia sets in, and they start to pay close attention to anyone who coughs or sneezes.
Now, people are really worried. Infection rates rise, triggering lockdowns and economic depressions. Employees get laid off, and worry about where their next meal is coming from. The government has to step in and provide funding to keep its citizens alive. And the worst case scenario – a global economic recession occurs that we never recover from.
However, all of this could be prevented by taking measures to prevent a disease from ever escalating into a pandemic. By preventing it rather than trying to cure it, we overcome many problems. We don’t have to deal with lockdowns, employees getting laid off, the economy collapsing, people isolating themselves from one another, or supermarkets running out of toilet paper. By changing our habits and our mindset, we can stop the problem before it ever occurs.Control your habits, before they control you. Click To Tweet
The Biggest Lie You’ve Been Told About The Coronavirus
The issue is that not everyone has developed the mindset or habits to endure hardship and find success. There is a difference between the mindset and habits of a world leader, and someone from the general public.
Not surprisingly, this difference is also what separates successful people from everyone else. Successful people know that their perception of what happens is the most important factor, not what is actually happening. For example, one of the biggest lies you’ve probably heard about the coronavirus is that it’s fatal. But in reality, the ratio of people that have become infected and recovered, are exponentially higher than those that have succumbed to it.
If you were to become infected and you had the mindset that it was fatal, the only thing on your mind would be “I’m going to die!” You would be miserable and paranoid, counting the days until your ‘death’ which would most likely not happen.
But if you had the mindset that it was just another cold, you wouldn’t even think twice about it. You’d have the mindset that it’s just another seasonal cold, which is something you’ve caught numerous times before and lived through. This is because of how you perceive the situation at hand. Instead of giving into fear and panic, you analyze the situation calmly and come up with a solution.
Transform Your Mindset And Habits Into One Of A Millionaire Today
The majority of people do not realize their mindset and habits control their lives. They go through life on autopilot and let it push them around instead of being proactive. As a result overtime through repetition and pattern, their actions become habits.
This is why people panic during times of crisis, such as a global pandemic. They give in to fear and allow it to control how they should act, leading them to do irrational things. Instead of listening to themselves and doing what’s logical, they listen to others and copy what they’re doing. This leads to empty supermarket shelves, transmission of deadly diseases into foreign countries, and chaos around the world.
However, if you have the mindset and habits of someone like a world leader, you would behave much differently. You wouldn’t panic and give in to the fear – instead, you would analyze the situation and find a solution. You would use your brain, instead of your emotions. And the secret is, that’s exactly what separates financially successful people from the poor and middle class.
Successful people don’t panic when they get laid off. They find solutions, such as starting their own business or investing in themselves and developing a skill that people will pay them for. These people know that every crisis is also an opportunity, and if they want to take advantage of that opportunity, they need to change their habits and their mindset.
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