Mark Twain famously said "I have been through some terrible things in my life, some of which actually happened."
It was his sentiment that sometimes the worst things we go through are in our own minds, ruminating on every catastrophe that could come our way.
Although I have never struggled with this, I can appreciate-
Just kidding. This quote is my life.
I feel as though often life hands me a glass of lemonade and I yell "what is this, LEMON JUICE?" Sometimes I make my problems into problems, if you know what I mean.
Take the couchtastrophe of last year- April, 2017. Its along story involving all to much drama about where to sit, but the long and short of it is that my husband and I ordered a couch and they- brace yourself- delivered the wrong couch to us.
Yes, it was inconvenient. Yes, I had to reschedule days and days of meetings to be available for delivery, pickup and delivery days during 5 hour blocks of time. Yes, it was frustrating, and yes I cried about it.
But the funny thing is that I also learned that inconvenience is a natural part of life. How I made it through three decades of life without realizing this is another post, but once I truly started accepting that some things will simply go wrong, it made waiting for a new couch much easier.
The power of perspective is a terrible and wonderful thing. It can, after some practice, turn a couchtastrophe into a training ground for patience. It can turn a challenging client into a teacher. It can turn lemon juice into lemonade, if you have a few cups of sugar on hand.
The truth about life is that it's all in how we look at it, and some seasons are easier than others. This concept is equally important in business, when the ability to look at problems objectively and dream up creative strategies can make or break us. Often in our businesses, it's easy to see an upcoming problem and jump 2 years into the future when we're broke, we've failed, and everyone hates us. Typically, as Mark Twain paraphrases, we end up dealing effectively with the problem, or avoiding it all together, and all the time we spent thinking of how horrible this could be was wasted. How often, in your business, have you been absolutely sure things were going to fall apart, and just in the nick of time you gain a new client, or solve a problem or find the right hire? We've all been there!
If we can slowly try to learn that inconvenience and trouble are inevitable from time to time and not to index all the possible catastrophes, our lives and businesses (and mental Heath) will be the better off!
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