Henry Ford is attributed as saying, “Whether you think you can, or think you can’t, you’re right.”
We each create our own reality based on the words we tell ourselves to describe and define the events and decisions of our lives. Consider this scale of mindset:
0 = I hate my circumstances and am angry. No good will come of this.
5 = I recognize that challenges are a constant part of life and am learning to let go of the things I cannot control.
10 = I thrive on challenges and love pushing myself past self-imposed “comfort zones.” This will work out for the best.
Where are you on this scale and how is that affecting your ability to manage the day to day events of your life? Challenging times cause us to be more reflective and tap the deeper reservoirs of our capacity to achieve. I challenge each of us to shift our mindset toward a 10 on the mindset scale to help us tap the deeper reservoirs of our capacity. Randy Pausch, a Carnegie Melon professor, authored the book “The Last Lecture” after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Even terminally ill he maintained a “10” mindset and continued to inspire students and the public through his thought provoking and humorous presentations and interviews. Watch his presentation of the Last Lecture on UTube or read the book. Prepare to smile and be inspired to move your mindset up a notch or more and tap your reservoirs of resourcefulness.
“It is not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters.” Epictetus
So how will you choose to respond to the challenges before you? The choice is yours.