“Checking out,” to me, used to be about leaving a hotel room on your departure day. Checking out now means what I see so many agents doing because they just cannot handle the weight of what we have been experiencing since March. To be completely transparent, I have had my own moments of wanting to toss in the towel and check out, too.
Luckily for me, those moments are very short lived because I love what I do. I also know that on the other side of this, we will be busy with travel again.
So, how do we manage the feelings of wanting to get away from what we have been experiencing?
Taking a much-needed break to reflect and recharge is always a good idea, and can be especially valuable right now since we’ve got an unusual window of downtime to take advantage of. That might mean having someone cover our business for a few days so that we can unplug completely and center ourselves again.
As the pace of the travel industry has shifted from nonstop business to an almost screeching halt within a few short months, it is no wonder agents who have been accustomed to a certain pace and volume of business are now feeling jolted and thrown into an emotional whiplash. How can we flip this unnerving change in our day-to-day lives and use it to be a blessing to our business in the long run?
For starters, this can be a time for us to focus on what we want our businesses to look like on the other side. What changes have we wanted to make? What ideas have we wanted to try? What organizational strategies or new skills have we wanted to learn to enhance and evolve our business? We can use this time to reset our vision and bring our businesses into better alignment with that vision.
It is also possible and likely that some of us will enter into reflection and ultimately decide that the passion or desire for the travel industry just isn’t there anymore, or isn’t strong enough to keep us engaged. There will be agents who decide they need to quit or retire and use this current pause in business to veer off into a more fitting career direction.
If we decide that we definitely are going to be in business next year, we need to make sure our clients know that. 2020 may seem like it is a lost year for the travel industry, but 2021 may be a very busy year for us. We will have so many clients who had to skip their 2020 vacation and may want to make up for it in 2021. They may decide that their bucket list can no longer wait. People may be willing to spend more to get what they have been dreaming of while in quarantine.
So how can we keep the spark alive in our business and keep our momentum, even in this uncertain time? Here are some ideas on ways you can keep breathing life into your business: