“When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.” -Franklin D. Roosevelt
When things are going well how do you handle life. When you are doing well financially, socially, spiritually and any other tool of measurement what is your attitude like? Are you upbeat? Positive? Attempting to assert your positive outlook on life toward others? Are you a fun person to be around? Do you smile? GREAT! That’s how most people handle good times. Though you do have people who even during good times are miserable because they are anticipating the next “shoe to drop” the next “bad turn” or the next failure. If you are either one of these people STOP. Projecting a positive nature and attitude is not a 9-5 job. You do not get weekends off. And you most certainly do not get tough times off.
If you have a goal to become an agent of change, and you want to assert your positivity on others and create excellent scenarios in your life your true gauge of success is during the tough times. How do you handle when life seems to be throwing you curve ball, after curve ball. How do you handle it when seemingly one bad thing after another appears to consume your life? Well I’ll tell you what the weak do, and I’ll tell you what the strong do. The weak, retreat, they hide, they complain, they make EXCUSES. They do anything but think critically about ways to create solutions and to overcome. The weak implode. They make negativity much easier to succumb to the unfortunate occurrences by accepting them as reality, and giving limitless power over their future actions. You do not want to be one of these people.
The strong however handle life’s difficulty much different. They step up to the challenge, and work relentlessly toward creating solutions. They may miss a step occasionally but ultimately they do not allow negativity to control their next step. What happened in the past that lead to the grim scenario is just that the past. The next steps you take will dictate your future. So the strong understand this law and refuse to be mastered by negative energy. In short, “when the going gets tough, the tough get going.” Of course like in everything analysis, planning, and implementation are the foundation of any successful person who plans. Notice I did not say hope, hope is for people who try and trying is for people who like to plan for failure. The successful person PLANS for the desired outcome they plan to achieve. They see the terrible times, as a lesson and a tool to build a better outcome in the future thus eventually minimizing the bad times so much that they are a distant thought. The vague thought is similar to people who dwell on bad times so often, their minds become engulfed in negativity. These are the type of people who think the world has a personal vendetta that is geared toward their personal failure.
Don’t be a victim of circumstance, be a proprietor of your own personal success and remember to share your attitude with others. You never know who is in need of a hand to get up, from a temporary setback in life. Be GREAT to yourself, and be GREAT to others and most importantly be GREAT at what you do today!