Sunday, August 25, 2013

Everything Going Wrong?

Ever feel like everything is going wrong? Like whatever you try to do seems to go south? That nothing is working like it is supposed to? Like you just keep getting hit with one problem after another?

A few years ago, I had the chance to hear a talk from Doug Stanton, the Author of Horse Soldiers, an account of the Special Forces in Afghanistan right after 9/11.

It was a very interesting recount of the book, filling in some details and bringing the events to life, but one thing in particular struck me and stuck with me.

He said that what Special Forces Training is all about is "Learning to recover quicker from multiple failures."

Most of us can deal with a problem or two, or even a few. But when one problem after another smacks us in the face, it is easy to dive into a shell and do nothing, or freak out and do dumb and damaging things. But the Green Beret has learned that each problem needs to be prioritized and dealt with appropriately even when they seem to keep coming without a break.

So, when you get hit with the troubles that you are sure to face, do what the Special Forces do. Adjust your hat, so it looks just right, figure out what you need to do, get busy doing it and don't be afraid to make adjustments as the inevitable new challenge comes your way.

Here's a little motivator:

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