“The recession may be very real. However, your response to it will make a huge difference to your outcome.” John Kanary
It’s funny how when I say this to clients they often say that “it’s easy for you to say, but when things are going badly wrong how can I be expected to stay focused and inspired”.
Well, they’ve got a point. It is really hard. But the truth is, that’s when you need the right attitude more than ever. You know the phrase “when the going gets tough, the tough get going”. Well, that saying has never been truer than it is now. Anyone can stay on track when things are going well, but you’re true mettle shows when things are getting difficult. Strategic Coach Dan Sullivan says, “New difficulties either defeat you or reveal new strengths. Your body’s muscles always get stronger from working against resistance. The same is true for the “muscles” in your mind, your spirit and you character”.
And think about it; is there really an alternative? You can just sit there, keep your head down and hope the world goes away (it won’t!), or you can get up and do something to make things better. There is absolutely no point in being a pessimist at the moment. Yes, you’ll have plenty of company but they’re all miserable and going nowhere too! Being a pessimist in a recession is like being a diabetic and eating chocolate, then wondering why you’re not feeling better! If you want to thrive you need some new strategies to Recession Proof Your Thinking.
My friend and mentor John Kanary has some great principles, which will help you through these tough times.
First of all, he says you must have Clarity. You need to get really clear about what you want in your life and decide what you are going to do to get it. Clarity is the key to getting the best possible use out of your limited time and the best way to stay on focus. You also need to get equally clear about what you don’t want! Nothing saps your energy more quickly than dealing with trivia!
Then you need to have unshakeable belief that you will get there, and hold on to that belief even when things are not going according to plan. Lack of self belief makes your mind shut down, just at the point where you need it most. So you need to learn to tell yourself that even though you are facing challenges, you will find a way round them, and be stronger and smarter as a result.
You must have commitment. If you don’t have an absolute unshakeable commitment, when the going gets tough, you will be the one hiding under the bed! People who stay committed to their goals always achieve them, even though sometimes it might take a little longer than they expected. One of my favourite actresses, Jessica Tandy, was in her seventies when she won her first Oscar! That is the power of commitment for you!
You need to make a plan and be consistent. Even if you only do a little each day, tiny baby steps will get you to your goal much faster than trying to do it all in one huge leap, which often won’t get you there at all, but will get you bruised knees or worse, a bruised ego!
Perhaps most importantly in these challenging times, you need courage. More than any other quality, courage will stretch you and strengthen you when you need it most. Doing the scary thing, even when you don’t want to, is the mark of a true success. Have the courage to stare it in the face and you will be amazed how quickly fear backs down!
You need to make a decision today to recession proof your thinking and focus on creating a wonderful future for yourself. Focus on being of service to others instead of making money from them. Focus on your progress, not on your problems. Be grateful for what you have instead of complaining about what you don’t have and remember, you don’t do the difficult thing because of how it makes you feel, you do it because of how its going to make you feel!
Someone very wise once said “A diamond is only a chunk of coal that stuck to its job”
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