Perhaps our most formidable job as leaders these days is to stay positive.  With all the negative news, suffering, and pain around us, we somehow need to muster the inner strength each day to lead our teams and keep a positive attitude.  Moving forward, motivating, and leading is no easy task.

One tool is to look for something to celebrate about COVID.  Let me be clear: there is nothing to celebrate about the disease.  But the dominoes of the disease have created changes in our business and personal lives.  And wrapped inside, all of those changes are some positive changes.

So here is one thing I am celebrating about COVID.  The contrast was a stark reminder on my Facebook memory feed this morning.  On September 23, 2019, I proudly proclaimed that I had made “the club” and flown over 100,000 miles on American Airlines that year.  I now had Executive Platinum status and could enjoy all of the benefits.  My traveling buddies and I would race to get there and tease and taunt each other along the way.

COVID changed my life. My YTD miles count is just over 22,000 miles.  I am working over zoom instead of my favorite seat, depending on the aircraft type.  I sleep at home with my wife and enjoy time with my family.  We’re all still talking to each other.  I have learned to conduct my workshops and talks virtually.  And I never plan to go back to my pre- COVID life.  And for this change, I am grateful.

What can you celebrate about COVID, and how has it impacted you positively?