Keep on keeping on!
The first quarter of 2017 is here!
How well we as individuals or our countries have fared is a different kettle of fish. It is time to take our destinies in our own hands. If we are to see a quick economic turnaround in the situation we find ourselves, we need to have a change of thought and action plan.
We want our lives to change for the positive right now, but we continue to dwell on wishful thinking.
The first step is to face the brutal truth. By ignoring facts that doesn't fit our vision or pretending that all is well, is nothing short of denial and is purely counterproductive. We must decide to take decisive action to deal with problems instead of avoiding them. This requires some critical thinking and creative problem solving.
This involves thinking outside the box and breaking away from fixed mental sets.
When all seem hopeless, there is nothing more motivating than relieving emotional pain. We strive to avoid pain at all cost and must be mindful that instead of masking the pain, why not be proactive and do something about it to trigger the desired change in our situations?
We've had moments of disappointment and lost opportunities. We can't let these moments define who we are as people. We have to learn to channel this emotion in a productive and empowering way.
“When life hands you lemons, make lemonade.” This is the importance of a positive and optimistic outlook, the message is clear.
There is something to be gained and learned from every circumstance. It takes a serious shift in focus to begin looking for opportunity within tragedy, though this is exactly what can save someone's livelihood and hope for the future.
Resilience is can be learned and developed as a natural capacity to overcome life's hurdles. It takes self-confidence to know we can weather the storm, self-discipline to make the needed change, and wisdom to find value and learn from the experience.
The difference between those who crumble under the weight of the world and those who persevere, is an enduring hope, faith, and resilience to make the most out of the worst of situations.
Keep on keeping on! »
Jackie Appiah »