“Life is 10 percent what happens to you and 90 percent how you react to it” (Charles Swindoll).
I read this quote a little while ago and really liked it, but it has resonated even more with me more recently.
One of the things that I have learned, is that unexpected things happen more often than perhaps we would like. There have been some events in my life that have truly challenged me and not always in a good way.
And the same also applies in business.
Whilst some challenges are perhaps predictable, with things ever changing, sometimes circumstances change in ways that you perhaps can’t predict.
As Charles Swindoll says though, it is about how you react to it that really matters.
When times are particularly challenging though it can be difficult to choose your response appropriately.
Recently I had a health issue and my thoughts immediately went to the worst case scenario…cancer
At times I was going through intense lows and could have allowed the fear to take over. But even though I realised that wouldn’t help me, it was hard at times to fight it.
But then in the midst of the ‘chaos’ I spoke to a friend of mine who gave me a brilliant piece of advice.
Rather than worrying about the worst case, instead she suggested that I focus on what each step was. Then I could focus on just taking the next step and responding to whatever circumstances that brought.
That way I could focus on the facts and what I knew to be true.
As is often the case, it was easier for her to see the way forward as she wasn’t caught up in the situation herself.
After a seeing my doctor and other medical professionals I am pleased to say I am absolutely fine.
But why am I sharing this with you?
Ask yourself what situations are challenging you at the minute?
How are you responding to that situation and is your response helping you tackle the situation or causing you more concern and/or frustration?
What is the first step you can take to tackle the challenge?
Then go do it.
Or, if you are struggling to find a different perspective on your challenge then drop me an email or pick up the phone and give me a call. I would love to help you.