Hang in There – Motivational Monday – Short Piece
Challenges come our way and when they do, sometimes they encourage us, and strength our character but other times its easier to just give in and succumb to those negative thoughts. The other day, I was thinking about how hard it is to stay optimistic despite rejection and having doors closed in your face. I always get asked, How do you stay optimistic and how do you not give up despite having doors shut in my face sometimes? And the imagery that I like to give is…..
Imagine you are on a coach departing from London heading to Manchester Piccadilly. You’re half way and your driver takes the wrong turn on the way. He does not turn back and head back towards London, he doesn’t just stay in the same spot, he gets back on the road perhaps looks at the map and then leads in the direction of Manchester until he reaches the destination.
In other words, if you don’t give up, you’ll always WIN.
Being optimistic allows us to get up and try again and to WIN!
Like most of us, I’ve been on both sides of the fence. Sometimes pessimistic, other times optimistic. And even the middle path of a realist who often struggles with trying to be hopeful in the face of brutal facts.
In all of those experiences I’ve had, I have realized that being an optimist has helped me more than being a pessimist because optimism leads to hope.
And hope has always given me the impetus for action. For going on. For moving forward.
Despite how bad the situation was, having optimistic thoughts allowed me to persevere through the adversity I was facing, which either made me stronger or helped me achieve some level of success to overcome the problem.
“Optimism gives us breadcrumbs of hope. Whether they lead to a rainbow is not the point. What matters is that we are given enough crumbs to keep going.” -Martin Seligman
“Everyone has good ideas about new opportunities. It’s those who keep at it through all those obstacles, all that negative environment, all those defeats will be the ones who will succeed. And to be able to forge ahead through that requires robust optimism and resiliency.” -Ritesh Veera, advisor to entrepreneurs
Turn your face toward the sun and the shadows will fall behind you.” ~Māori Proverb