I think that one thing we can all agree on is that life, especially in business, can be overwhelming at times. One day may be the best of our life thus far, and the next could be a complete disaster and nothing goes right.
When we encounter an unruly day, we typically hear someone lightly send some encouragement our way by saying, “It’s always darkest before the dawn — hang in there”.
If you and I had a nickle for every time we heard this, to say we would be instant millionaires would be an understatement.
This statement can be completely true, however, this morning I woke up with another idea: What if there was no darkness at all?
You might think I’m a bit crazed for asking that question, because nature dictates that we have darkness and light every day. Morning and evening, sunrise and sunset, sun and shade — the list goes on.
As correct as the phrase may seem, I think it’s high time we challenged this ideology.
If you’ve read any of my other articles, you’ve noticed a theme of sorts pertaining to defeating a defeatist mentality and overcoming obstacles in our lives.
There’s a reason for that.
If you know anything about me, it’s that my life has been far from perfect and definitely can be defined as the life of someone who has no reason to be optimistic about life at all.
Having endured nearly losing both parents before the age of nineteen, battling childhood depression, poverty and age-discrimination, as well as being surrounded by individuals for almost my entire life that have told me that I’d never amount to anything, I could say that I really resent the world.
But, if I did that, I’d be lying — and here’s why.
When we literally look at the world, we see our day beginning with the sun rising, and ending with the sun setting. The one thing that we fail to realize is that this is solely based on our current position (or perspective) on the planet at that point in time.
We may see the sun setting on our side of the world, but fail to realize that just because it’s setting from our perspective, doesn’t mean that it has completely been erased from existence — it’s simply rising elsewhere.
Here’s the point.
The sun (aka optimism) is always present and can be accessed at any time, we simply need to change our perspective and choose to pursue it. If we don’t, we will always find darkness in our lives.
Perfecting optimism in our life is perfecting our perspective on life. If we never change the way we see the world, we will never change our thinking; and in return, our mind set will never change.
Despite the curve balls I’ve been thrown in my life, I made the choice to challenge my thinking and make my difficulties compliment me instead of define me.
I’ve learn through death that life is short and we should cherish those we love.
I’ve learned through discrimination how not to treat others and to embrace them for who they are and the gifts they were born with.
I’ve chosen to accept difficult times as an opportunity to grown and learn.
One of my favorite “Beth-isms” (as my friends call them) is this: “If I’m never wrong, I’ll never be right.”
If you’re struggling to be optimistic, ask yourself if you’re focusing on the sun setting or remembering that it is always rising. Change your perspective and you could change your life — forever.