“How are you?” I asked.
“Fantastic!” he replied with excitement.
I was a little taken aback on hearing the enthusiasm in his voice.
“You must be having a great day then,” I said.
“Yes! I just got fired from my job!” he replied.
This was a shock for me. This guy just got fired from his job, and he was saying he was having a great day! I got inquisitive.
“You got fired and you are feeling fantastic?” I asked.
“Yes, I am feeling great! You must be wondering why. Well, I have been unhappy in my job, and for a long time, I have been contemplating and planning to start my business. But the security of the salary at the end of the month was something I could not give up. Now that I do not have a job anymore, it is the best opportunity to launch my business. That is why I am feeling fantastic!”
I wonder how many people could be so optimistic about losing a job! But it is more about mindset than anything else.
We can look at a situation and react or respond to it.
Most people react. Very few people respond. When you react, you do not think about the situation, and you do not analyse the situation. But when you respond, you take some time to think and understand the situation. You weigh things based on parameters.
It is not about being positive or negative at first. It is about being realistic, practical and logical. If emotions don’t get in the way, we can see all sides of the situation. That is when we discover solutions to problems. I always say that there is a key to every lock. It is the way you think that will help you get the key.
The next time you face a situation that is challenging, think neutrally and logically about solutions. You will find a way to solve the problem and come out as a winner.