Wow, it’s been a little awhile since I’ve done one of these…
We’ve all be through a lot these last few weeks. I am thankful that so many people finding ways to be grateful in this crisis. Because to an extent, we get to decide how we handle this situation. We can choose to be negative, or we can choose to find some positive around us. And choice is part of what I want to talk about…
But more importantly I want to discuss desperation and how you can use it for inspiration.
A lot of people feel desperate right now.
They go down the rocky road of worry by saying what am I going to do now? How will I pay these bills that are still coming? How can I work and be my kid’s teacher? Where can I find toilet paper?
These are all legitimate concerns, and I don’t want to take away the seriousness of your situation.
When it comes to feeling desperate, you have a choice in how you respond.
You can choose to let it consume you and magnify the anxiety and paranoia that’s already prevalent…
Or you can choose to make a positive change in your business or your life.
Desperation can be used as fuel for inspiration. There are examples far and wide of how desperate people who dealt with failure, turned something negative into something positive.
Robert Downey Jr is a household name now… before he was billionaire, philanthropist, super hero Iron Man on-screen, he had a well-documented drug problem. Colonel Sanders, started a restaurant at 62-years-old and watched it close before franchising his idea. And Mary Barra, who is the CEO of General Motors watched the automaker go into bankruptcy just a few years ago, before finding solutions for success.
These 3 people show that it would have been easy to give up in desperate times. But they made a decision not to. It’s really that simple.
It’s just a choice to not let it bring you down.
Talking about desperation, actor Jim Carrey said:
“I don’t think human beings learn anything without desperation. Desperation is a necessary ingredient to learning anything or creating anything. Period. If you ain’t desperate at some point, you ain’t interesting.”
So now more than ever before, we should ask ourselves…. what we can do differently while in desperation to be successful? What can we do to make our lives better? What can we do to make other peoples lives better?
Desperate times don’t always call for desperate measures, but it may require us to think differently about what we’re doing.