3 Crucial Principles You Should Embrace in Order to Conquer Any Crisis
Once upon a time, in a jungle far far away, a pair of frogs accidentally fell into a deep pit. Realizing that they were trapped, both frogs frantically began trying to jump out of the ditch with as much might as their legs could muster. Sadly, however, their best efforts couldn’t elevate either of them high enough to escape the cavernous pit. When news of this situation spread across the jungle, many different animals from far and wide convened around the pit to stare and laugh at the frogs. The spectators began mocking the frogs and gesturing vividly about the dilemma they were in. The entire scene turned into a chaotic display. After hours and hours of failed attempts to flee, one of the frogs tragically gave up hope and killed itself by clashing its head against the wall. The second frog wasn’t deterred, however. It kept jumping, and trying, and jumping, and trying. After a countless barrage of failed jumps, this surviving frog managed to leap against the rim of the pit, where it gripped a dangling vine and triumphantly pulled itself to safety. In utter astonishment, the condescending audience asked the frog how it could possibly have survived that situation when the odds were stacked against it. The frog said nothing and hopped away. What that mocking crowd of spectators didn’t realize is, that the surviving frog was deaf. Throughout the entire time that the crowd was heckling, the deaf frog heard none of the insults. It simply assumed that the audience was cheering in support. This ultimately fueled the frog’s optimism and encouraged it to jump higher, and higher. Till in the end, the frog made it to safety.
Your Attitude Determines Your Altitude
The moral of this story is simple – optimism is the key to survival. It is often the only weapon we have against the painful grip of depression. It might not seem like it in the heat of stress, but a positive attitude actually prevents your problems from overrunning your life.
If being optimistic sounds easier said than done, here are three quick tips on how to refocus your thoughts and become more positive:
- Believe in yourself – Everything you think and say matters. In a world full of people itching to judge your efforts and put down your work, you must never ever add on to their slander with your own negative speech. Words are powerful. They are powerful enough to transform into self-fulling prophesies. Make a habit of using positive affirmations to remind yourself of your worth and program your attitude towards achievement.
- Dream Big – Instead of endlessly contemplating your various problems, start thinking about conquering them. Whatever task you’re faced with, or whatever project you have to complete, imagine yourself having thoroughly accomplished these goals. Don’t do this just to daydream, but do it to instill a sense of confidence in your consciousness. Visualizing success influences effective decisions, and effective decisions ultimately build up to success.
- Cancel the Critics – If you’ve ever tried to chase a dream in life, there’s a very good chance that someone you know didn’t believe in you. If your dream was a meaningful one, there’s an even bigger chance that critics made their contempt known. Before you rely on anyone else’s validation to prop you up in any way, learn to believe in yourself. Mute any voices of disapproval from your mind and concentrate on your own path.
Life is not a sprint, it’s a marathon. And in this great big marathon, all manner of problems and challenges will emerge along the way. The only way to truly survive and succeed in life is to believe in the positive. Like that surviving frog, be deaf to condemnation, both internal and external. Unless all the wealth and success you’re striving for has materialized, you have to accept the fact that your life is still a work in progress. And there’s nothing wrong with that. As long as you’re trying your best to make things happen, there’s no need to obsessively criticize yourself for making mistakes or still having a long way to go. Instead of putting yourself down, take pride in what you’ve managed to get done. Instead of comparing yourself to others, commit to outdoing your past accomplishments step by step. In time, you’ll be taking a victory lap and wondering why you were ever worried about making it.