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Spotlight with David Daggett: Pandemic Principles


It is a new year and even during the pandemic, a new year is always rife with opportunity! I don’t know much, but I do know that when life gives you lemons, you must make lemonade!

We are so fortunate that during these crazy times, we have been able to adapt and thrive. I have continued to reflect on, and preach, lessons and principles I have learned over many years of working with elite athletes and coaches. There are always challenges and obstacles, and there are always solutions and positive possibilities for those who persevere. Here are what I have come to call my Pandemic Principles.

The first principle is to create structure in times of chaos. This is the intentionality of controlling circumstances instead of letting them control you. When everything in the world seems completely off kilter, it is tempting to give into the chaos, but you will be much better served by creating structure and order in your life during these confusing times.

Focus on what we can do, not what we can’t do. Then consistently execute on those areas where you can take action.  Consistent execution over time towards a worthy goal always produces positive results. In fact, I say “consistent execution over time” so much at my law firm, that when I start the phrase, everyone in the room finishes it for me.  Consistent execution over time is what develops the success of a long-term plan.

I might sound like a broken record with my third principle, but it is true: Pay close attention to your health. These times are very stressful. Being fit and healthy is possibly the best medicine. These times are great times for developing regular – meaning daily – fitness habit and to clean up your diet. Food is fuel, sleep is power, and movement is medicine.

Remember, at some point this will come to an end. By following these simple principles not only can we survive and thrive during these times, but moreover we will be prepared to fly on the other side when it is over. Do what is right, what is good, and what is meaningful. Never give up and never lose faith!

I would like to take time to thank the staff at Daggett Shuler Attorneys at Law. To Megan Youngblood for helping me get my disability started; thank you so much for everything!

Olivia Winston