The word I am hearing and using most in recent months is CHANGE. Since covid, the world will never be what it was, and neither will we! Our personal hierarchy of priorities is changing daily. Inflation, work, politics, health amongst many others. Some are totally out of our control, but others we can influence by changing things in our personal lives.
Thankfully I have a business background, and am used to rapid change and trying to innovate. Plus as I am getting older and work for myself, so there are more choices for me. Pre covid, our cancer care was not where it should have been. Lagging well behind many countries that have similar systems. I personally believe the people in charge have accepted the death figures, 450/day! Also, that cancer is a difficult enemy where whatever we do will never solve things.
All organisations were ‘coasting,’ with everyone taking money from the ‘cancer trough.’ From pharmaceuticals to charities. Now people are waking up to the nightmare that is now awaiting them. Massive delays in the NHS, and much important research halted. Inevitably many people will die unnecessarily in numbers far higher than the virus. My services are required even more now, than when I started.
It is important to remain focussed in such challenging times. I believe many key players in our sector have lost theirs. Most of the larger charities are trying to hang onto their brand, many still reaching for ideas that have previously not worked. They are getting further out of touch with our changing requirements. Of course our NHS is just trying to survive daily. So who do the increasing number of people affected by cancer turn to?
Demand for my time has increased dramatically in the last six months, moving from cancer into more general healthcare. So I am making some big changes about the way I work. I have to shut off the increase in ‘white noise’ around me. I will therefore be closing my FACEBOOK and INSTAGRAM accounts, both personally, and for SimPal. They are adding very little and take time to feed with regular and engaging content. These were really fun during the lockdown but are now massive distractions. I will now only be engaging on Twitter. LinkedIn, or directly through my website.
I will also be attending far less meetings, either online or physically. They are simply not productive for ME, and yet another distraction from my real goals. My intention was always to work inside the system with services that exist, but unfortunately that is truly impossible now. Cancer services and support are in decline and I will need to be fully focussed.
Looking at things logically, I am at capacity with my personal and charity work, so have no need to be on every platform. Shouting about services I will then struggle to deliver. I have been doing this work for at least eleven years, and if people don’t know me now, I guess they never will. There is still the need to keep things under strong control, with so many outside influences trying to blow you off course.
All organisations, big and small must now adapt to our new found world. How that is done will determine the success or failure of businesses. As we get older, the less inclined we are to embrace change, but it is coming! Not all change is bad of course, many of our old ways of working have been outdated. How ‘stone age’ does it feel with everyone going to an office for a fixed time, then leaving at the same time? Jamming up the transport networks and polluting the planet as they do so.
Now is the opportunity for us to “be the change we wish to see in the world!” Don’t be frightened to make changes in your own life. Everything has to earn it’s place in your busy schedule. Maybe the way you did things a couple of years ago is not appropriate now? This might be a once in a lifetime opportunity for you and your family. Of course we need money to get by, but health and time are things that cannot be purchased.
Having made the decision to drastically streamline my work has renewed my enthusiasm for it. With the constant battle for new content and engagement gone, I can focus on what truly counts. Please accept my apologies if you only use those channels to connect with me. But you can subscribe to my blog at the bottom of the site, send me a mail from here, or follow on Twitter @christheeagle1.
Are you thinking of making any changes in your life? Please feel free to drop me a note in the comments below.