A friend, Steve, shared a simple – but important – observation: “My daughter spilled her glass of milk, and then sat and cried. Later, I reflected on the friends I have who are crying over their spilled milk. What good does the crying do? You can’t scrape up the milk and put it back in the glass.”
When something bad happens – when milk is spilled – our response can be distilled to two choices:
- We can cry over it, or
- We can leverage the incident to make us stronger
Here’s the elephant in the office: Steve, from the story above, knows people who are crying over spilled milk. Their 401K bucket has a hole in it; their company’s market share is dwindling; or, perhaps a colleague or friend “did them wrong” months ago. Regardless, these people become paralyzed as they bemoan their losses.
Consider that the events of today will reveal much about your character, much about how you respond to spilled milk.
STOMP THE ELEPHANT
Are you seizing the opportunities to make you stronger that are imbedded in the “despair” of today?
“As I listened to my daughter cry, I understood something,” says Steve. “This was a ‘blueprint-for-life’ moment. I could admonish her for being clumsy; I could dismiss the event as being trivial; or, I could use the incident as an invitation to build a stronger bond of trust between the two of us. Once I saw the possibilities, I knew what I had to do.”
What possibilities do you see? Are you leveraging today by ensuring you’re stronger tomorrow?
Spilled milk doesn’t mean we have to cry. A poor economy doesn’t mean you can’t succeed. Opportunities will always exist – and it’s up to you whether or not they seep away.
Where will you lead – where will you stomp elephants – today?