Like many of you, I am bursting at the seams to get back in the water.
Each morning, afternoon, and twice in the evening I scroll through the local news, like a prospector panning for flecks of gold, scanning for the keyword “pools reopening.”
And while I try my utmost to be patient—that first day back I am going to straight-up swim until my arms spin off my shoulders—I am also working at being positive and productive.
And not let the things I cannot do detract from having an outlook that is helpful to myself and to others.
Sinking into despair and frustration and succumbing to our worst impulses in times of adversity and uncertainty is understandable.
If we can’t train like we used to, what’s the point, right? Might as well dive head-first into a stack of poor life decisions.
And while there are glimpses of some sort of normal returning to parts of the world, with positive news on a few different fronts, including some pools being reopened in limited fashion, there is still a great deal of uncertainty ahead.
Here is a checklist for how you can keep a CONQUER mindset to stay positive during the uncertainty of Covid-apalooza.
C = CONNECT
You can maintain physical distance while closing social distance.
Call your friends, teammates, and family members. Have Zoom meetings. FaceTime. Talk on the phone. Chat while playing video games. Fax ‘em.
You can physically distance yourself while maintaining a high degree of social connection.
With most of us cooped up at home, there has never been more time available to us to maintain and develop the relationships with the people we care about the most.
O = OWN EACH OPPORTUNITY TO GET BETTER
Own each day. You might not be able to train in a pool, but you can own the opportunity you have today to get better.
Attack each day as the opportunity that it is.
This crisis won’t last forever, and when it does eventually end, make sure you can look back and feel like you took advantage of the opportunities you did have.
And yes, this means having to start over from scratch, with all the typical struggeliness that comes with building a new routine.
Building those fancy new routines means starting small, scheduling start times, back-packing new habits on current behaviors, and making consistency over performance the priority.
It can be infuriating and frustrating trying to build brand new routines, especially when our pre-Covid ones were so good, but build those new routines with the same care, attention, and patience you used to build your previous ones.