When life gives you lemons

Hopefully you’ve had a great week so far. For those of you who haven’t, don’t worry, it will get better – I promise! For some people, when the balancing act, called life, throws us a curveball, we get all our of whack. We can’t sleep, eat or function for that matter, and we feel the pressure in our social groups – because we want to fit in, so we keep things bottled up inside. This isn’t actually a good thing, nor is it healthy. In fact, why do we do these sorts of things anyway? We’re scared, that’s why – we want everything to go our way and when it doesn’t, we get all out of sync and forget how to function.  When times like these happen though, I say don’t let them affect you – instead, when life gives you lemons, make lemonade!

Sure, you may have lost your job, missed out on a promotion or had a bad day overall, but that really shouldn’t stop you, nor should the feeling that your friends might give you a hard time about your misfortunes.  In fact, it should make you angry to the point that you want to do something about it because life goes on whether you choose to do something or not. If you stay mired in your current situation and let others (the company that just fired you, your friends), you’re only going to make things worse because you’re expending so much energy on the things that went wrong, not realizing that there’s another side to the coin – the things you can change. Here are just a few examples

  • If you were fired from your job, but deep down, you had a passion to try something you’ve always dreamed about, now is your chance!
  • If you missed out on a promotion, maybe you need to brush up on your skills for that new position – now is your chance!
  • If you are having a difficult time learning how to use all of the social media tools that are available and keep putting it off, don’t get frustrated, conquer them – now is your chance!

So I want to leave you with one last thought from the great John Wooden.

“Things work out best for those who make the best of how things work out.”

Now is your chance – go out, make the best of the situation, and turn it around in your favor! To help you get started, name one thing that you have always wanted to do, but never had the chance to.