What’s your attitude towards life? The way I see myself, I always act like a compass and occasionally like a rubber band. Let me explain.
It normally starts with a strong desire for something and then I would resolve to make it happen. At times I’m not so particular about the timeline but most times I am. And if it doesn’t happen the way I’d expect it to, I’d succumb to feelings of failure and frustration. I’d be demotivated, would normally feel resigned, and eventually would quit, only to pick myself up again some time later, resume what I’ve been doing and head towards my set goal.
Most strong-minded people would always be like that. They work hard and accomplish goal after goal, chasing success- whether it meant getting more wealth or a promotion at work, improving one’s health, knowledge, proficiency, or even relationships- all to be better than their selves two or three years ago.
Prominent traits of these people are:
1) they normally have plans, and strategies in place,
2) will most of the time be passionate in what they do,
3) will sometimes be stubborn
4) will rarely be a quitter
5) seems unstoppable
6) seen as invincible
7) they’d feel pretty much devastated when failure hits them, they’d start sinking until they learn and develop the willingness to adjust the sails.
People who are good at adjusting sails are those that I liken to a rubber band. Mostly:
1) they are resilient
2) they can easily adapt to changing times
3) they can readily change strategies
4) they can cope with failure with ease and calm
5) they can be distracted
6) they can be surprisingly relaxed, meaning they don’t panic at all
7) but sometimes coolness in handling difficult situations meant just letting go- easily.
You can be one of these two extremes, or you can lean closely to one than the other. The happiest spot, however, is right there in the middle.
Surely you have to find the balance. Both types have their own merits and there are also inherent disadvantages. It’s all about how much control you take and how much you are willing to let go.
If you want to accomplish a goal or get something done, you need to plan on how to do it. You need to visualize yourself of the future you want to hold and develop strategies (make sure you have plans B & C in case A doesn’t’ work). You need:
-passion, but you also need to
-have a strong heart to accept defeat
-a strong mind to stay positive
-be forgiving of yourself
-and have the humility to ask for help when you need to.
More importantly, we have to keep in mind that life is not just a sum of accomplishments and rewards, it’s also about experiences, relationships, second chances, and definitely not just about you.
When you’re out there tomorrow, maybe you can slow down and take a genuine interest in people around you. You can start giving a warm hello to the trees, the birds, the sun, walk barefoot on grass or just sit and be mindful of your breath and your thoughts. There’s a lot of happenings in the world, and surely a lot going in your life, but you know you can always choose to stay connected with anyone and anything that breathes life.
Compass or rubber band. Just find the balance, and you will find peace and harmony, inside and out. Isn’t that what we always hope for?