You ask for it, and it shows up. A parking spot right in front of the store. Socks that exactly match the shirt you adore. A new opportunity. A new home, right when you need it.
In times like these it is difficult to maintain the illusion that we are separate, isolated personalities floating along in a random universe, fighting for ourselves. It looks like something is listening to us and responding to our requests. It’s almost as if this life and this universe were … interactive.
Some people thrive in the face of difficult challenges, and others feel hopeless and shut down. The difference is in MINDSET. Research now shows that possessing a strategic mindset predicts goal achievement and success. Those who embrace challenges and grapple with failure have better outcomes than those who use avoidance when they start to struggle.
I was on a call with a dozen coaches a few weeks ago, discussing a situation in which a male manager of the team was having difficulty relating to how one of his female colleagues was feeling. A more traditional fellow, he appeared more comfortable with data and facts than with feelings.
Leaps of faith are big in the personal development world. We think we need to go up to the edge of everything we know and then jump, growing our wings on the way down. We put aside practical concerns, prudence, and rationality to step into what we perceive as surrender, faith, and trust in the Divine.
All of us, even leaders, feel resentment at times. You might feel a slight from seeing a promotion offered to someone more junior, from someone sharing your ideas in a meeting as if they were their own, or from not having your contributions recognized.