By William Perry - Founder: EVVUS
Even life’s most difficult challenges can be good.
You might be asking yourself, how can losing my job be a good thing? I’m miserable and stressed about not having any money to pay my bills, my rent or put food on the table.
I struggled with this concept myself for a long time, for most of my life even.
The first place most of us go is feeling bad for ourselves when we have experienced something undesirable. Now, I’m not saying you won’t be upset about losing your job. I sure would be and would be the first person cursing a storm and giving someone a peace of my mind.
Evolving your mindset is key to overcoming life's obstacles.
Whatever life throws at you, good or “bad”, can be used as inspiration for new opportunity and personal growth. Bad is in quotations because the response to something “bad” is truly subjective. We can actively choose our reactions to any situation. Get into a car accident: we can become irate or can admit our wrong doing and understand we need to be more aware and careful. Lose our job: wallow in self pity or see it as an opportunity to find a job or career we truly love.
I learned this concept after reading “Zen and the Art of Happiness” by Chris Prentiss. This book has had an intangible, unidentifiable impact on my life.
Prentiss’ driving concept is wrapped around the idea that, “everything that happens to you, is the best thing that can happen to you”.
What that means is, we can either react, for the most part, in one of two ways when we experience something. We can either accept the situation and make the best of it or ask ourselves, why would this happen to me?
How does the second scenario sound to you?
Feeling powerless isn’t an easy place to be. At times, we’re going to take a blow to the chin. But, how do you respond? Do you get back in the ring and work toward an improved result or quit?
The true test of mental will power is defined no more than having the willingness and courage to continue to get back into the ring.
I encourage you to challenge your own perception of your experiences. If you are able to challenge your personal limitations, you may well discover experiences never before thought possible.
What’s the worst that could happen? It either doesn’t work, or it changes your life for the better.
Sign me up for the second option.
I’ve adopted this concept as one of my own personal mottos, and it is a core focus for us here at EVVUS where are goal is evolving and helping you evolve.
My commitment to it wavers at times, but there’s no doubt it has helped me cultivate positive environments and keep from being a negative Nancy – sorry to all the Nancy’s out there. You are all lovely people!
Remember, every great journey starts with a single step.