What Optimistic People Do When They’re Stuck …
A teacher announced to her class “We’re going to be the most improved class of the month!”.
The students looked at her bewildered, “But, Teacher, we’re the worst performing class in the whole school for the past few months! It’s going to be difficult… ” They sighed, lowering their heads at the same time.
“Let me ask you a question, children.” She paused, peering at the kids to make sure she had their attention. “Which is easier? To improve from a score of ’0′. Or from ’100′?” The students’ faces brightened.
When I first read about this story in a newsletter, I couldn’t help smiling. It’s a very simple tale. Perhaps even cliché. But what’s behind the message really sunk into my head. The defeatist always see their stagnant circumstances as limiting. Potentially hopeless. But the optimist?
He reframes it.
Have you been ever been stuck and frustrated with the ways things have turned out, but then enlightened when someone pointed out something you didn’t think of in your situation? How did you feel? What do you think is holding you back from seeing what the other person saw?
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