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Importance of Inspiration for Persevering

By: Sandy Saburn

Recently I was reminded about the moment I found out the first cruise line had canceled sailings due to the coronavirus. I remember thinking, “This is not good at all and more will follow.” I was actually out of town and I came back to join the task force we were putting together to handle the response. At the time we hoped this would be short-lived. Little did we know.

Fast forward to today and we still don’t know exactly how this will play out. Will there be another shut down because of the spiking number of cases? When will people be comfortable traveling again? How many partners and agencies will close their doors?

The bottom line: there is a lot of bad news out there. There are a lot of bad things happening. And that’s why it is more critical than ever than you surround yourself with people who are bullish about the travel industry if you plan to stay in it.

I can tell you at Gifted Travel Network we are here to stay. We have been flexible and adaptable. I am very thankful that we haven’t had to lay off any employees or ask anyone to take a cut in salary.

How do we do that? We don’t give our services away for free. And you shouldn’t either. We don’t put all of our revenue “eggs” in one “basket”. And you shouldn’t either.

Most importantly, we are doing everything we can to prepare for the rebound, and help our members prepare too. No, we don’t know exactly what that future looks like, but there are some things that will be critical no matter how it plays out. The key to success in travel will continue to be taking great care of clients you love who appreciate the service and expertise you provide.

One of the most important factors to being able to do this is to have a tribe of people who inspire, educate, support, challenge, and energize you. You need this tribe now more than ever. Of course, it isn’t going to be sunshine and roses every single day. But when you need to be lifted up or help solving a problem, your tribe will be there.

I encourage you to stop and think about the people that surround you. Are they lifting you up? Are they inspiring you? Are they generous with information and assistance? I hope the answer is YES!

But if you don’t have this kind of tribe, you need to find it. And find it now. It can truly make a difference in how well weather this storm and how successful you are on the other side of this downturn.