Holidays 2010 – ‘Tis the Season to Grow | Business
Year-end holiday stress on top of double-digit unemployment and an economy that threatens to relapse into recession has left many Americans feeling utterly helpless and hopeless. This makes winter 2010 a perfect season for personal growth.
We all experience key moments in both our personal and professional lives. I define a ‘key moment’ as a triggering event or situation which presents a challenge and elicits (or demands) a response. The important thing is not so much the moment itself, but how we respond to it.
Because when a key moment occurs, we make an important choice to make. Consciously or unconsciously, we will choose how we will respond. In large measure, the quality of our lives, our happiness, and our personal effectiveness are determined by that response and how we handle the challenge of a key moment.
People who respond negatively to moments of challenge tend to sense that any effort to effect change and overcome the challenge is futile. As a result, they allow themselves to be incapacitated and gradually become pawns in life, convinced that they are powerless. On the other hand, people who respond positively to key moments grow in self-confidence and with this self-assurance comes the confidence that they can influence, and even master life. Fueled by the belief that things can change, they take steps so that things do change...for the better.
When we respond to a key moment by resisting reality, disowning responsibility, lacking vision, and reactively responding to fear, life is reduced to a primitive, unsatisfying state of moment-to-moment survival. But when we choose to respond to a key moment by embracing reality, exercising responsibility, clarifying vision, and acting with integrity, we travel through life on a path filled with joyful accomplishments in self-mastery.
In this season of joy and hope, the greatest gift I can offer ‘my fellow citizens’ both here in Washington, D.C. and across the country is the realization that they can choose behavior that is positive and strengthening, rather than choose a stance that is negative and weakening. And that, in my opinion, is the perfect prescription for creating and enjoying a truly happy new year for many years to come.
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