2020 will undoubtedly go down as one of the most significant years in our planets’ history.
Now, this is no small statement. Although we often find ourselves saying, “what a small world”, the fact remains, there are almost 8,000,000,000 people on Earth. For something other than the Baby Shark Dance video (6 billion views and counting), to influence us collectively, it must be big.
Each one of us has been affected by COVID, in a myriad of ways. What I have learned in my 43 years is that life is always changing. Life is always unfolding in ways we cannot possibly imagine. I have also learned that perspective is everything. If you believe that when “negative” things happen, it is bad luck, you will fail to truly learn and grow. If you believe that when negative things do happen, you are fortunate to both experience and gain knowledge from these negative things, you will most certainly grow through the texture of life.
You have an opportunity of a lifetime in front of you right now. Ask yourself these two simple questions.
What challenges am I facing currently?
How can these challenges help propel my mindset?
Think of this. Muscles grow only if they are forced to. When you lift weights, you are causing tiny tears in the muscle fibers, which the body then repairs and adapts the muscles to better handle the stress. This creates muscle growth.
What if mentally, the stress you experience creates massive growth for you?
Remember, a setback can be a set up.
As most things in life, easier said than done. But, like any habit, you must be consciously aware of your end goal. To change your outlook, you need to establish a goal larger than yourself.
Your goal at a minimum should be to grow, both in passion and understanding. As Shakespeare said “All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players: they have their exits and their entrances; and one man in his time plays many parts.
If you believe you are here to live several lives within your singular life, and all of your neighbors are living multiple lives within their singular lives, then you surely know that life is not happening to you. It cannot possibly be directed solely to you. It is happening for you.
For you to grow in passion in your pursuit of everything.
When you change your perspective, you give yourself the gift of freedom. You endow yourself with the power to shed circumstance and victim-hood.
The greatest self-given gift is empowerment. To know and realize that anything you experience is to be celebrated is to take one giant step understanding why you are here in the first place.
Remember, life is meant to be a classroom.
About the Author
Shaun Enders is a Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Transition Staffing Group located in San Diego. Shaun is extremely passionate about recruiting and developing others to bring out the best version of themselves.