This quote stuck out to me after reading (yet another) a post on a business forum by someone who wanted to start her business, but had just lost her job, had no money, lived in a rural area… and so on and so forth.
She had every excuse in the book about how there was absolutely nothing she could do about her circumstances.
I wanted to point out to her, “Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you are right.” 😉
She was looking at all the negatives and resigning herself to her circumstance—and victimhood—instead of focusing on what she COULD do, what opportunities she COULD find or create for herself, what circumstances she could change and which actually had more options available to her than the ones she was resigning herself to if she just put her mind to it.
I’m not saying certain challenging circumstances don’t exist. I’m no Pollyana when it comes to facing facts.
There IS a difference, however, in taking stock of what IS and acknowledging those things, and staying stuck in self-pity and creating self-fulfilling prophesies.
How you deal with the hand you are dealt and what you do to make optimum use of that hand is going to determine your success not only in business, but in life.
Instead of lamenting about everything that is wrong, focus on what is RIGHT and how you can go about making lemonade about of whatever lemons you’ve got in your basket at the moment.
Put on your thinking cap and you can always create new possibilities for yourself and your life.
May not be easy, it may even be incredibly difficult (who said it was all supposed to be easy anyway?). It might be something you’d rather not have to do (and don’t have to do forever), but there is ALWAYS a way forward, a way out, a way around, a way up.
It all depends on your own outlook.