Today there is an interesting question sent to me by Mike, asking how to remain upbeat when times are tough. When I was in college, my dad gifted me a book that still is of great value to me, and the book is titled Tough Times Don't Last, But Tough People do, and that book taught me valuable lesson. Rough seas make the strongest sailors.
Well, our work life is full of ups and downs. We face all challenges and let me tell you something my friends challenges don't see your gender before coming to you. They are like tests to see if you are truly dedicated to reaching your career aspirations. So make sure you pass that test. Don't be stubborn and hard headed when you're faced with challenges.
In fact, during my coaching sessions, I get asked what great leaders do when they face hardships. Well, why don't great leaders quit when they have difficult times? That's because there is a difference between an average leader and a great leader. In difficult times, great leaders still keep faith. They never listen to background noise. They never reply to criticism. They just keep doing it and leading a great team with it. No one can stop them.
You are not supposed to quit believing during these tough times. Challenges and struggles, such as those brought on by the economic recessions, can dampen anyone's faith. I agree. But avoid becoming a prisoner of fear, doubt, and worry. That's how you're going to keep your faith up. If you listen to those negative thoughts, you will likely become discouraged and give up on your dreams. There's an old Chinese saying that goes, "If you live with a problem long enough, it could eventually become a blessing."
Within every hardship in life, there's always a seed of an equivalent or greater benefit. All we have to do is to look for it and act on it. I encourage you today to stay in faith during the tough times and make your way ahead taking one step after another. You're going to fulfil all of your career aspirations.
Your Good Friend + Mentor Payal Nanjiani Leadership Expert | Author| Executive Coach
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