It seems to be that the word of the decade is ‘Crisis’. You see it everywhere across all mediums of communication and media. The ‘Economic Crisis’ is literally blasted dailly by CNN, Fox and NBC. But the words you choose to speak and use are more powerful than you think…and the way crisis is viewed in other languages is often recognized in speeches from numerous presidents like Richard Nixon and John F. Kennedy….
“When written in Chinese, the word “crisis” is composed of two characters – one represents danger, and the other represents opportunity.” – John F. Kennedy
Although there are arguments on both sides about the exact translation of the Mandarin symbol, it’s still interesting to point out the truth to it. Now is a time of crisis, or so the media portrays it. Most of my peers in college right now, when thinking of the future, are fearful and worried. Fearful of not finding job, paying off loans and debt, of surviving in the world. In a lot of ways, this time we are in can seem dangerous. I think that people who are constantly getting bombarded with the word ‘Crisis’, and constantly looking at the future as negative and ‘dangerous’, are setting themselves up for failure. Recognize what the Chinese noticed, and you can see that with the right mindset, you can turn any crisis, on a macro or micro level, into an opportunity. Of course it will be dangerous, as every risk is. But risk is necessary in tests and challenges, and essentially change. For the better or for worse is up to you.
Like in the book, “Think and Grow Rich”, Napoleon Hill wrote;
Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed on an equal or greater benefit.”
So….when you register any situation as dangerous, scary, or possible failure, stop for a moment. Instead of automatically labeling the given situation as a problem or ‘crisis’, shift your mindset to thinking of it as an challenge or ‘opportunity’. In the book “The Way of the Superior Man“, by David Deida, the following sentence exemplifies this message; “Every moment of your life is either a test or a celebration”.You will always be tested, every single day, in one way or another. It’s up to you how you to approach those tests. Either you can take them as a crisis, or an opportunity. And I gurantee this; the more you approach these tests as opportunities, you will be enjoying many more celebrations.
My point is this; Change your mindset to viewing tests in life not as a crisis, but as an opportunity. Start by shifting your mindset and carefully choosing the words you use. You could be like the majority of the population and get sucked in ‘crisis mode’ and live a life based on your fears, or be the minority and enjoy these tests as opportunities.
Remember, according to the chinese symbol of crisis….
Crisis = Danger + Opportunity