What can I do to keep a positive Attitude During the Health Crisis?

I asked my colleague the amazing Michelle Nicol, CERP what we can all do to keep a positive attitude during the Covid19 health crisis. Here is her response:

Well funny you should ask! I have been following Rachel and Dave Hollis (The Hollis Co.) for over a year now and their message really resonates with me. Everyday, choose joy. Look for the things in life that light your soul on fire.

Just by chance about a week before Covid19 Crisis really hit I attended, with my colleague Wanda Chan, the Hollis Co’s Rise Toronto conference. It was a life changing experience that I will never forget! Here are some key takeaways I got from this experience; I hope you find something that will help you keep a positive attitude during the health crisis.

On day 1 we learned the 5 Rules of RISE which really are applicable to our every day lives!
1. Go all in. Commit to participating at 150%!
2. Show up as your authentic self.
3. Be in community. Everyone is in your circle. The person beside you is your new BFF. No one sits alone. Everyone feels seen and known.
4. Keep the energy up! Move your body, change your mind!

There was something incredibly powerful of being in an auditorium with 4000 of your newest best friends, supporting each other and learning the tools we need to grow as individuals and professionals. Do you realize that we are in this trying time all together?  Isn’t it amazing that you are able to share your experience with your colleagues and customers?  Together we will get through this!  By focusing on this you will see what we can all do to keep a positive attitude during the Covid19 health crisis.

Day 1 was all about PERSPECTIVE; The way you are carrying the things that happened in the past. The speakers communicated the need to shift our mindset and see these not as negative, but how they got us to where we are today. We lived through these life experiences – let’s find something good that came because of them? Keeping in mind that good things come out of all negative things – they HAVE to…. or what is the alternative? Being bitter, angry or feeling less than…
It’s possible to find good things in everything. Your perspective can change, you have the power to switch it. Isn’t it amazing we have all this time to work on our social media? 

Day 2 was all about health – emotional, physical, mental.
What if you could pursue HEALTH from a place of love, instead a place of punishment? What if you are beautiful, smart, strong and perfect as you are TODAY, instead of someday.
An example they gave was – don’t eat something you have to “work off” later, instead, eat something that is good for your bod, something that nourishes you and gives you the energy you need to be your best self.
Every living thing is either growing or drying – it is time for us all to GROW.
There is so much pressure to be somewhere at a certain point of your life and to have it all figured out. The beauty of life is that we wake up each day and decide who we want to be.
What do you want people to say about you at the end of your life?
You do not want to be in the same place in 1 year, 2, 5, 10 years. You do not want to say “I know what I need to do to get healthy” but not do it.
People do it for others (kids, partners). You need to love yourself enough to take care of yourself FOR YOURSELF. What are you doing to take care of yourself?  I am doing The Hollis Co’s FREE Next 90 Days Challenge.  

You are going to make people uncomfortable doing what you are intended to do.
I realized that you have to create your own energy for yourself. I know there may not be a cheer leading squad in real life that will snap me back into the FEELING of being at the conference so when the negative thoughts/feelings/people show up in my way, I have a game plan on how to handle them.

Hope in the future is power in the present.

Circle of Relationships – YOU ARE THE 5 PEOPLE THAT YOU SPEND THE MOST TIME WITH. If you are the most positive, health conscious, happy of your 5, you need a new circle.

The cost of your future life is the cost of your current life.

Release yourself from the life you have today for the life you want tomorrow.


Questions to ask yourself if you want to know what we can all do to keep a positive attitude during the Covid19 health crisis :
1. What is the story that you are telling yourself?
2. What character do you need to CONSISTENTLY play in that story?
3. How conscious are you of the stories that we are telling?

Now that you have time, deliberately and intentionally lay it all out. Write something every day to focus on the things that are going right in your life.  As an exercise create a 60 second elevator pitch to describe yourself.

About Michelle

Michelle joined the Higgins team in 2015 in the event department, responsible for overseeing Higgins special event clients specializing in festivals and large scale outdoor festivals. Having graduated from Seneca College in 2006 with High Honours in both the Event Management – Event & Exhibit Design Program and the Visual Merchandising Arts Program, Michelle went on to earn her event stripes.
Michelle strongly believes in industry involvement and sits on many boards & committees. Currently, Michelle is the Vice President of the Canadian Rental Association Ontario Chapter as well as a member of the Tent + Event Shared Interest Group. Michelle is on the Seneca College Event Management Program Advisory Committee and was on the ILEA Toronto Board as a Director-At-Large 2012-2013 following her term as Vice President of Programs in 2011-2012.

Michelle has completed the American Rental Associations CERP (Certified Event Rental Professional) program and in 2012 and is one of a handful of Event Professionals in Canada to have obtained this prestigious designation. Most recently, Michelle was selected as Rental Professional of The Year in 2019 and 2018. In addition, she has been chosen as one of Canada’s Top 10 Under 40 in the event rental industry in 2013. Michelle is very involved in the rental industry both in Canada and Internationally. Michelle has the aptitude to coordinate all aspects of an event, from the initial planning stages, to designing CAD drawings, to overseeing the final installation on the job site. She has successfully supported events ranging in size from intimate gatherings to large trade shows as well as fundraisers and galas with up to 5000 attendees.

Michelle’s event designs and tented events have been featured in IN-Tents Magazine as well articles in many industry publications. Passionate about events and a gift for thinking ‘outside the box’, Michelle draws inspiration from the challenge of working on a variety of projects. Her attention to detail ensures successful event execution resulting in consistently satisfied feedback from clients. Michelle’s life motto is to “be a fruit loop in a world of cheerios!”.