There are a lot of disturbances and civil unrests in different parts of the world at the moment. I won’t let my political stance get mixed into this, but lets talk about living with what happens next. It’s so much easier to turn back, and wish for things that could have happened in the past. But in reality we know deep inside that, that’s history.
Believe it or not, most of us are okay with living with the consequences of what happens.
I would say the hardest part is living with our narrative about how it happened and why.
If your plane is late and you miss the meeting and you don’t close the sale, well, it was a missed opportunity beyond control.
But if your meeting is missed because you planned poorly, the story you tell yourself about why you didn’t get the sale might just be worse than the business impact of not having been to the meeting.
Stress in a typical job isn’t the stress of losing or being killed in action, it’s the stress of imagining the narrative of failure in advance, the self-shaming and the what-ifs. When we leave those out, we get a chance to do our real work, undistracted by drama, cliffhangers and blame.
So what does this all mean?
It means, don’t turn back, don’t look back. Look ahead and keep going. We meddle too much of our time in thinking of what could have happened and drowning in thoughts beyond our control.
Everything is a mindset. Motivational quotes, inspirations all exist for this very reason. We must embrace the past and continue to look forward. I’m leaving my back to the past, because if you learn to embrace it, it will only help us prepare for what’s to come. That my friends, is courage and strength that is undestructable and better planning for tomorrow.
Some food for thoughts as we close out yet another beautiful weekend to face Monday!
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