… Because it works
How you navigate difficulties is a matter of perspective…
The choice of YOUR perspective.
The good news is you get to choose!
According to the Stockdale Principle, there are three views people can have in a crisis, but only one makes it through the difficulty.
The pessimist primarily sees doom-and-gloom, continually focusing their attention on how bad things are. This perspective leads to hopelessness.
The optimist primarily minimizes or ignores the present pain and difficulties, choosing instead to focus on getting out of the challenge by a certain date or time. This perspective leads to disillusionment.
It seems that right now many are living with the optimistic view with the hope that everything will be “better,” and back to normal starting May 1.
There is much danger in this view as there are many factors weighing into the resolve of the current pandemic and economic shutdown. This view can result in great discouragement and disillusionment.
The third kind of person focuses on the outcome beyond the moment. They receive the current facts with realism and understanding while focusing on a future filled with hope— withOUT setting an arbitrary date of achievement.
This third viewpoint is needed now more than ever.
The future IS and WILL BE better than the past or present.
To be ready for it, take the third view of realistic hope.
“Sometimes, if you begin to sing in a halfhearted mood, you can sing yourself up the ladder. Singing will often make the heart rise.”
– Charles Spurgeon