I started thinking today about a theory that I kind of developed a few years ago. I think there are two types of people in the world and which category you fall in means a lot to every aspect of your life. Before I get into it, let me just say that this is not a "you got it or you don't," kind of thing. The reason that I thought of it is because the themes are in the TOOLS program all over the place and in writing to a friend, I presented this theory.
There are people in this world that can see the big picture and those that can not. This is not a permanent state of being, and I know at least for myself, there are different times and different situations in which I fall into both categories. Maybe it should actually be 2 ways of thinking because I think differently about different subjects. That's why we are getting training in how to train our brains, right?
I think that the most successful people are able to see the big picture in all things they do in life to make the disappointing moments very insignificant. One of the things that I need to work on and said 55 times this morning (not sure if I did the exercise right, btw) is my over reaction to disappointment. I think that this is one of the biggest things holding me back. I get disappointed in myself and in others. I get disappointed with circumstances and my reaction can take me two steps back instead of finding a solution to the problem.
Wait a minute! That's when I need to find an opportunity right? That's what a really successful person would do and does. That is exactly what we are being taught to do. We are being taught to be the people that always find the success in the face of their failures because they see the big picture. Just like Edison.
I bet he knew somewhere in his mind that the light bulb was going to be so important to our society and that it was worth all the time and energy that he put into it to change the world. I have always said that I wanted to make history books. When I feel down, I don't feel like that is going to happen. Actually, what I like to do is to take that moment to write out what this disappointment would look like in a biography of a very successful person. It is always inspiring and makes me feel like all the hard times are going to make the success that much sweeter!