One of the words that I have heard over the last few years neatly describes a trait required for us to survive the ups and downs of business and personal life – ‘bouncebackability’.
Whilst I recognise that this is a completely made up word, it struck a chord with me.
When facing challenges it appears to me that the ‘easy route’ is to bemoan ones luck and come to the rather dreary conclusion that the world is against you. If you are in business, it’s easy to conclude that ‘nobody is buying’ today, this week, this month..etc. Sometimes we have an inclination to focus on the negatives and in doing so we can miss the opportunities that have been created.
In business and in life, your reaction to situations, good or bad, have a direct correlation to what happens next. Your attitudes and your beliefs have a major impact on whether you can ‘bounce back’ or whether you ‘spiral’. The amazing thing is this; of the people I have met so far in my life, those who can maintain an optimistic and positive outlook remain in control and can bounce back. Those who are pessimistic and negative seem to struggle to maintain control whilst falling ‘victim’ to a further series of unfortunate events (spiralling).
The attitude you decide to bring to your life has a direct impact on the events that happen for you, against you, with you… without you.
Being optimistic does not mean living in the world of ‘Polyanna’! it means that you have decided to keep a positive perspective on events, recognising what elements were within your control (thus learning valuable lessons) and the elements that were outside of your control (thus letting go of the negatives).
The optimists that I know always learn lessons, spot opportunities, adapt and move on smarter. Sadly the pessimists blame everyone else and decide that ‘poor me syndrome’ is the best option.
As always, it’s your choice. You have more control than you give yourself credit for… go and make great stuff happen!!