As any of my clients will tell you, I am not so much interested in what happens to them on any given day, but I am obsessed with how they react to whatever happens. Your mindset plays the key role in determining your reaction. I believe that the only difference between stepping stones and stumbling blocks, is how you perceive them. I never root against any of my clients, but I must admit that I do look forward to the occasions where they face adversity, as this is where I usually can help them the most.
It’s easy to have a positive mindset when everything is going well. It’s those who can turn adversity into an advantage that tend to endure and have the most success in the long run. I teach my clients to look at inevitable setbacks, not as disappointments, but rather as aberrations that present opportunities for further growth. As William Shakespeare once said “There is nothing either good or bad – but thinking makes it so.” The average human being tends to get discouraged by setbacks – as if we are entitled to only good things happening to us in our lives – and often dwell on them. Doing so is a choice, but in my experience it is the wrong one.