I’ve been reading lots about positive mental minds and this article was a great summation on that positive mindest in the face of adversity.
Granted we’re not facing down enemy fire, but the stress and pressure of work and clients can take their toll.
The concept of “good” in the face of adversity is a mindset change a way of views problems as Challenges, challenges that you can learn from, challenges that you can over come.
A senior C-Level from my very first job used to tell me not to use the word ‘problem’ as it sets a negative state which prevents you from thinking of solutions, so something as simple as re-wording it to a ‘challenge’ can help with how you approach a problem.
The concept of ‘good’ is also the same. When confronted with a challenge, viewing it as ‘good’ turns the challenge into an opportunity, again that slight change in mindset can have a huge impact in how you deal with the situation.
“Didn’t get promoted? Good. More time to get better,” Willink said, giving another example.
In another episode, Willink explained how one of his friends told him he was able to see this philosophy in action even when his father died. It wasn’t literally “good” that his father died, but when he was done grieving he was able to see that he was presented with an opportunity to take responsibilities in areas that he could normally rely on his father for, and to make the most of them.
The “good” approach is a way to move forward without giving into overwhelming emotions, whether on the battlefield, in the office, or in your personal life.
“That’s it,” Willink said on his podcast. “When things are going bad, don’t get all bummed out. Don’t get startled, don’t get frustrated. If you can say the word good, guess what? It means you’re still alive. It means you’re still breathing. And if you’re still breathing, well then hell, you’ve still got some fight left in you. So get up, dust off, reload, recalibrate, reengage, and go out on the attack.” – Business Insider