The false positivity promise
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
The greatest myth I am told over and over again is "just to be positive'. You see, as a pragmatist and I confronted time and time again with the notion that if I simply am positive things will go my way. The cold hard truth? Just being positive is inaction. Opportunities exist for those who show up to take them. Not those who stay positive and wait. Now some of you are reading this and nodding. You know what I am saying is true. That those times you dug deep to the core and pushed for what you wanted you got somewhere. It may not have been exactly where you thought you would land but it may have even led to something better than you could have dreamed.
Before you scroll down to tell me I am wrong. Think. Faith and positivity are lovely beautiful things. They bring comfort to yourself and others. People are drawn to positive people because they feel they can't fail when basking in their light. The secret is those positive people are also driven people. They strive for what they want. They ask for what they deserve. Are they afraid? Absolutely. Do they fail? All the time. The difference is they don't just use it as an excuse to justify inaction.
Today alone I was faced with...
Being contacted by a hiring manager at 7 AM and asked for a phone interview today. He then emailed me at 5 PM and said they decided not to hire anyone.
A call from my new weight loss doctor saying they can't find a lab that will do my tests without health insurance.
A flare up of my fibromyalgia
Last but not least an issue with my broker that made me rather upset.
I can hide. I can eat. I can cry. I might do all of the above but I will persevere.
The only way these things will get better is if I refuse to let them be excuses. Change is making the hard choices. Knowing your value and continuing to not accept less. It may be three steps forward and one step back but I will never tell myself false promises to placate my apathy.
We all have it inside us. It may be a whisper. It may be a roar. It most likely will oscillate between the two but it is there. Find your power.