As we begin a new month, we want to focus on ways to thrive during waves of change. During changing times, it’s easy to worry or let fear have power. However, you have more control than you think.
How you handle adversity is your choice—the only choice that matters. Many successful people and businesses have thrived during the worst recessions and downturns. They shared similar characteristics and took similar actions to thrive while others merely tried to survive. You can do the same.
In the book, the Shark and the Goldfish, bestselling author Jon Gordon shares an inspiring fable about a goldfish who has always been fed. One day, a nice shark teaches him to find food and a wave of change brings them together. In the process of finding food the shark teaches the goldfish the ultimate lesson—that the difference between a full belly and an empty stomach depends solely on your faith, beliefs, and actions.
In the face of adversity, this is a simple fable that reinforces a proven truth—you can’t control the events in your life, but you can control how you respond to them. You can allow the waves of change to stop you, or you can learn to ride them to a successful future. Delightfully illustrated and packed with tips and strategies for thriving during tough times, the Shark and The Goldfish is a quick read that will have a life-long impact.
Something to Think About
The moral of the story is to be open to those around you who are willing and able to teach you lessons during times of uncertainty.
The best way to manage uncertainty or emotion is to take action! This week, write a note or send a card to at least five past clients letting them know you are thinking about them and you are there if they need anything. Personal touches in this crazy time make all the difference. PLUS – it feels good to reconnect and reach out to people!
Words of Wisdom
Human spirit is the ability to face the uncertainty of the future with curiosity and optimism. It is the belief that problems can be solved; differences resolved. It is a type of confidence. And it is fragile. It can be blackened by fear and superstition. – Bernard Beckett
If you aren’t in the moment, you are either looking forward to uncertainty, or back to pain and regret. – Jim Carrey
Exploring the unknown requires tolerating uncertainty. – Brian Greene
Fear is often our immediate response to uncertainty. There’s nothing wrong with experiencing fear. They key is not to get stuck in it. – Gabrielle Bernstein
People want to start their own business or become financially independent. But you don’t end up a successful entrepreneur unless you find a way to love the risk, the uncertainty, the repeated failures, and working insane hours on something you have no idea whether will be successful or not. – Mark Manson
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