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  • Hey, it's Marie Forleo, and welcome to a very special episode of the Marie Forleo podcast.

  • So as we all know, a lot has happened in these past few weeks, and especially in these past

  • few days as it relates to the coronavirus epidemic.

  • So there are five things I want to talk about in today's podcast, and we're going to dig

  • right in.

  • First and foremost, I hope you and your family are well, I hope you guys are safe.

  • So I'm actually recording this podcast in my kitchen in Los Angeles, and I'm here with

  • Josh and Kuma.

  • So on our team, we actually canceled our upcoming Marie TV shoot and any travel that I had my

  • calendar, for obvious reasons, and personally, we're prepared to hunker down and just stay

  • put inside for the next four to six weeks or honestly, as long as needed.

  • I'm prepared to do whatever the heck I can to help flatten this damn curve, and I hope

  • you are too.

  • For the past week, I've been on the phone and doing lives and doing video chats with

  • my team, with our B-School students and my loved ones, because I want to help put things

  • into perspective.

  • My goal as a human always is to help find solutions, but right now, what I want to help

  • everyone I know do, including myself, is transform any panic into some preparedness, some problem

  • solving, and some purposeful action.

  • Here's what I know to be true in my heart.

  • I'm 100% certain that if we pulled together as a global family, we're going to make it

  • through this, and look, I wrote a number one New York Times bestseller called Everything

  • is Figureoutable, and yes, I believe the coronavirus is figureoutable too.

  • Here's the other thing, I've been talking about this a lot with Josh.

  • I think that something in this crisis, that there is an opportunity for us to grow stronger

  • and wiser and more resilient on the other side, but I've got to be honest, based on

  • the facts, and I'm a person who likes to pay attention to the facts, I do feel strongly

  • that the most important step that each of us can take right now is to stay home and

  • stay well.

  • So look, if you're listening and you're not one of the heroines or one of the heroes who's

  • in the medical community or you're not one of the folks, the heroines or the heroes that

  • are working in our grocery stores or in our pharmacies, or making sure that society can

  • keep functioning as best as it possibly can right now, please stay home, because here's

  • the truth from my point of view.

  • The more of us that can stay home and stay healthy, the faster that collectively we're

  • going to move through this coronavirus.

  • The other day I was connecting with folks on Instagram, and a woman named Jess, a member

  • of our community, she's a physician's assistant, she's on the front lines, and here's her comment.

  • This is her words verbatim.

  • She said, "Please do your part and give us a fighting chance.

  • Stay home, wash your hands, don't come to the ER unless it's an absolute emergency.

  • Help us help you, and if you have a friend or family member in medicine right now, send

  • them a message to tell them you're thinking of them.

  • It really helps when you've tested your third COVID-19 of the night."

  • So back to me, this is not her quote anymore.

  • I personally believe that this is a time for our humanity, our creativity, our connection,

  • and yes, for us to retain our sense of humor.

  • So look, we've got folks in our community from everywhere, folks that listen to this

  • podcast, that watch Marie TV, that read our email, that follow me on Instagram, people

  • from 195 countries and territories.

  • We have folks from every different walk of life, and I know for so many of you, life

  • was really freaking hard before this pandemic, and my heart honestly is breaking imagining

  • some of the stress and the fear and anxiety that some folks are feeling right now.

  • I've gotten notes and emails from single moms losing their jobs, asking me for help.

  • I've gotten notes from folks who are battling illness, whether that's physical illness or

  • mental or emotional illness, and understandably a lot of folks are feeling alone and afraid

  • and I just want to say from my heart to yours, I see you, I am here for you, Team Forleo's

  • here for you.

  • Now the second thing that I want to share with you today is that my team and I just

  • put up a huge resource guide to support you and it's over at marieforleo.com/blog, or

  • you can just Google Marie Forleo coronavirus support.

  • This blog posts, y'all, is awesome.

  • So here's a couple of things that we cover in it.

  • We talk about how to manage your stress, fear and anxiety, which is so crucial right now

  • because you need to take care of your immune system.

  • I've got some funny, inspiring and feel good moments.

  • I've been paying attention to so many creative things happening on the internet, and I honestly

  • believe some of it is just, first of all, it's so creative and so hilarious.

  • You've got to see it.

  • We talk about how to work from home and actually get things done.

  • So you probably know this, but in case you don't, I've been running my company virtually

  • for 20 years, so we have a lot of insight about how to help people really stay productive

  • and engaged, especially if you're not used to working from home.

  • We've got a whole section on how to stay active without going to the gym.

  • We've a whole big section on how to educate and entertain your kids, especially when they're

  • all in your house and you did not expect them to be there.

  • We have so many parents on Team Forleo, and I've got to say, some of the things that they're

  • sharing in the Slack channels are just hilarious and also super helpful, so we've included

  • that.

  • We have how to stay emotionally connected while social distancing.

  • This is important.

  • Just because you might be in isolation doesn't mean you need to be lonely.

  • Again, this is another thing that I feel like I'm kind of wonderfully suited at this time

  • to help support people, because frankly, I spend a lot of time indoors, and so many people

  • that I know and love, some of my closest friends and my family, we don't live geographically

  • near each other, so I'm constantly staying connected to them using technology.

  • So we put some of those tips in there as well.

  • Then for my US citizens, we have some updates on unemployment and mortgage services, and

  • finally, this is the big one, we talk about four ways to serve your community.

  • So this is not going to be relevant for everyone listening to this podcast right now.

  • If you're someone who's having a really hard time, there's going to be resources in here

  • for you, and if you're someone who's listening to this podcast and you have extra, meaning

  • you have some extra resources, some time, some money, some energy, some creativity,

  • and you want it put it to good use, we've got some ways for you to do that over on the

  • blog.

  • So please go have a look at this resource, share it with your community if you find it

  • valuable, and then if you've got other ideas for things to add to the list, let me know

  • in the comments.

  • Again, you can find our coronavirus support guide by Googling Marie Forleo coronavirus

  • support.

  • Okay, we're doing good here.

  • Now the third thing I want to share with you today is due to all this, we're actually going

  • to be podcasting a lot more in the coming weeks, and I'm so excited to experiment with

  • some podcasting ideas that I've had for quite some time, and honestly, now's the time to

  • do it.

  • So if you're not already subscribed to our podcast, do it now so you can come along for

  • the journey, because it is going to be fun.

  • Fourth thing I want to share with you today.

  • I am going to be going live on Instagram a lot more.

  • Again, I feel like I'm in this unique position to support people in staying really clear

  • minded, in staying focused on what they can do, not what they can't, in staying creative,

  • especially around your careers and your businesses, and staying healthy and strong, mentally,

  • emotionally and physically.

  • So if you don't already follow me on Instagram, come join me, because we have a freaking good

  • time.

  • I'm @MarieForleo, and make sure you turn on notifications.

  • I think one of the most annoying things for me is when I go live and I get that message

  • from Instagram, don't you hate this, when it's like, "We're going to notify some of

  • your followers," and it's like, "Are you kidding me?

  • Why are you notifying some of my followers, not all of my followers?", because these people

  • obviously raised their hand because they want to hear what I have to say.

  • So if you turn on notifications, you will hopefully get the little update that I'm going

  • live, and I don't have a schedule at this moment when I'm going to go live.

  • It's going to be pretty impromptu based on navigating all of these new changes with my

  • team and taking care of B-Schoolers and all that good stuff, but I will try and be as

  • present there as I possibly can.

  • Fifth and finally, I just want to remind you, most important thing you can do right now

  • is honestly, please take care of yourself.

  • I want you to stay strong and healthy, mentally, emotionally and physically.

  • As we all know, and again, this is a reminder, but it's based in science, stress lowers the

  • immune response, which is the exact opposite of what we need right now.

  • Here's what I believe, tough times make for strong people, and I promise you, I promise

  • you we will make it through this if we're smart and if we just pull together.

  • You know, I've been doing a lot of lives with my B-School students, and one of the things

  • I said to them earlier this week, even before the shiitake really hit the fan, is I told

  • them about a little game that I play with myself around self identity.

  • Now, if you don't know about this, you should know.

  • Your self identity or how you see yourself is one of the most powerful and potent forces

  • that shapes your behavior in life.

  • So I told my B-Schoolers this, and it was really fun and I saw one woman at least who

  • saw that particular live that I did go and post about it on Instagram.

  • Basically, this is what I told them.

  • I said, look, for any of y'all who are feeling overwhelmed right now, this is what you have

  • to start saying.

  • Adopt this mantra.

  • Just say, "I don't do overwhelm.

  • I don't do stress."

  • So think about it this way.

  • Let's say you had a bunch of friends, and you love your friends, and they came over

  • and they're like, "Hey look, we ain't got any toilet paper.

  • Let's go rob our neighbor down the street, the old grandma over there.

  • I'm sure she's got stores of it."

  • You'd be like, "What the frick are you talking about?

  • I don't rob people.

  • I don't steal from people.

  • That's not what I do.

  • That's not who I am.

  • That's not how I behave."

  • So I want to invite you to just consider adopting this new identity right now that says this,

  • "I don't do overwhelm.

  • I don't do stress."

  • Yes, in a momentary instance, maybe there will be a lot coming your way and you might

  • feel overwhelmed for a minute, 30 seconds, maybe five minutes, but tell yourself this,

  • "I don't do overwhelm.

  • I will not exist in that emotional or mental state.

  • It is not a place I will allow myself to indulge in."

  • Period.

  • End of story.

  • Same thing with stress.

  • "I'm not going to do stress.

  • I'm just not going to do it.

  • I'm going to opt out of both of those emotional states."

  • Why?

  • They're not useful.

  • All they do is create havoc.

  • They lower your immune response, they make you crazy, and they don't necessarily help

  • you get anything purposeful done.

  • So again, I invite you to adopt those mantras.

  • "I don't do overwhelm," and, "I don't do stress," and see how that works for you, because it

  • works really, really well for me.

  • With that, I will say this was really fun.

  • I'm actually excited to talk more with you in this format, because I think it's going

  • to be a good time, and no matter what, again, please just take care yourself.

  • I want you to err on the side of safety.

  • If you possibly can, again, if you are not a member of the medical community, if you

  • are not stocking groceries or doing any of the essential core essential things that we

  • need in society right now, please stay the frick home.

  • I'm not kidding, I'm literally the stay at home and hunker down police in my team and

  • with my family and my friends, because I love them and I love you.

  • So make sure you come say hi to me over on the 'Gram, because that's where I spend the

  • most time on the social medias, or you can come leave a comment at marieforleo.com.

  • Let me know if there's any questions or topics you want me to talk about in these upcoming

  • weeks on the podcast, and again, I think we're going to have a good time with this.

  • A good time with this meaning amid the zombie apocalypse coronavirus, we're going to have

  • a good time on the podcast, so don't come from me with like, "Oh, this is going to be

  • a good time, Marie!"

  • That's not what I'm saying.

  • Context, people.

  • But above all, I will leave you the way I always leave you on my show, which is with

  • this.

  • Stay on your game and keep going for your dreams.

  • Yes, even during this time, because the world really does need that very special gift that

  • only you have.

  • Thank you so much for listening, and I'll catch you next time on the Marie Forleo podcast.

Hey, it's Marie Forleo, and welcome to a very special episode of the Marie Forleo podcast.

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