Although I rarely watch the TV news or read anything that comes before the Sports page in the newspaper, I am well-aware that times are challenging out there. Am I putting on ruby slippers and clicking my heels in a cosmic state of denial?
Have I made a conscious decision to not get caught up in the swirling negativity which seems to be compounded by prognosticators of exponential doom and gloom?
Are these challenging times? Of course they are. Times are always challenging for someone. However, there are many people in this country who have chosen to rise above it all, push their way through, and not get caught up with those who are determined to broadcast negativity from the rooftops. I saw a button the other day, worn by a member of Business Networking International (BNI), which read “I Refuse to Participate in a Recession”.
Personally speaking, I love this.
History has shown that, following challenging times, there can be periods of great reward. Perhaps if we looked at the seeds of those times, we can find the recipe for our next prosperous era. As Anthony Robbins and others have said: “Success leaves clues”.
One of my favorite quotes is from Tom Peters (quoting Naopleon, from a Success Magazine audio program):
“Leaders are merchants of hope”
If ever we needed hope, it is now. Too many people are running off the rails, and the Chicken Littles of the world are the overzealous engineers.
You can be a leader. You can inspire. Find someone from history whom you respect and admire, and emulate that person. Take their best qualities and breathe new life into them.
Create success, and leave your own clues for others to follow in the future.
Become a merchant of hope.