Friday, 27 February 2015
“I am convinced that life is 10 percent what happens to me, and 90 percent how I react to it”- Unknown
We all face one challenge or the other as each day passes on. But our attitude to these challenges or problems indicates whether we see our problems as nuisances or opportunities to be explored.
Our reaction or response means everything. It is not easy to stay compose and respond to crisis or challenges well but it pays when we do. The reward and effect of a cool, calm and collected spirit or response to challenges and crisis can linger on for a lifetime.
Dr. Charles Swindoll shared the following wisdom:
“The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness, or skill. It will make or break a company…a church… a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice everyday regarding the attitude we will embrace that day. We cannot change our past… we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and this is our attitude…”
A leader who has the right attitude can see opportunities in a challenging situation. The right attitude means the right disposition towards everything around you during the time of crisis. Only people who are right-prepared see the opportunity in the midst of challenges or crisis. The right preparation means the right mindset – a mindset that is ready to overlook problems, become deaf to the skeptics and defy all odds and face the future with a hopeful courage. The right mindset produces courage and the right character.
Opportunities are seized not by those who sit down and wish, but by those who take action. An “action-man” is the only person who can be successful in the face of problems or challenges. He is the one that looks for the keys to the “door of opportunity” and keep same open. Successful leaders are not hesitant or procrastinate in any way when opportunity is staring in their faces. These guys are those who have been waiting all this while for such an opportune time.
More importantly, successful leaders don’t wait for problems to strike before they discover opportunities. They have what I call “the spirit of anticipation”. With their intuition they see what others do not see. They can tell when a crisis is looming whiles everyone think everything is just okay. With such a mindset, they hunt for problems and opportunities, and then take the necessary initiative to forestall disaster. The truth is that successful leaders don’t wait for problems to strike; they find them.
Interestingly, it is not enough to dream or have goals as a leader. If a leader isn’t ready to commit and focus on solving a problem or making the most out of an opportunity then it is imprudent for him/her to get things started. Those who are committed to a thing don’t accept excuses but results.
Do you want to succeed? Matured minds demonstrate dedication when opportunities are in their hands. They follow through till they see the expected outcome they have long been dreaming of.
Don’t allow that problem or opportunity to slip through your hands. In your career, ministry, organization, company, relationship, family and life face the future with hope and boldness; take advantage of every problem you encounter and become mature with each passing day.
Copyright © 2014, Jacob Nana Kwesi Dapaah.