Rebuilding confidence

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Seven months into 2012, we can safely say that we’re overwhelmed bad news, both on the economic and job front. The subventions that were promised for entrepreneurs do not seem to materialize, at least in the medium term, and the forecasts for the upcoming months are nothing to write home about apparently; that is to not say, they are complete rubbish. Meaning we’re faced with a dire panorama.

For that reason, now is the time to “utilize our resilience.” Resilience is that ability to move forward after major crisis. That inner strength that makes you struggle on despite all sorrows, thinking that there are still good things to discover beyond those difficult moments, and that while you are alive, you can find happiness although it may be on an unexpected bend in the road. That encourages you to give it your all, to soldier on. Realizing that no matter how hard the situation is, complaining (not objecting, they are different things) won’t get us out of the mess we have got ourselves into.

For that reason, we need to learn to rebuild our confidence, if not in the institutions that have fallen somewhat into disrepute, in ourselves, in our work colleagues, in the people who want to create new project, in those who want to share, in those who innovate, in those who take risks, in those who reinvent themselves every day, in those who smile despite everything, in those who look for solutions and above all, in our own inner resources that we each have to escape from a bad situation.

I don’t know whether you’re going away on vacation this year, whether you’ll have vacations at all or whether you even work for that matter. Obviously, the first option is the one everyone wants, and the one that will make things easier for you. But whatever your situation, I suggest that you take advantage of the summer, the long days, the extra hours of light, to think, even if it is just for a short while, in what you are going to do to rebuild that confidence and change whatever makes you dissatisfied. Be it by doing more or wanting less. Be it just you or with other people.

And if you’re not sure how, read this small Zen tale:

During a momentous battle, a Japanese general decided to attack. Although his army was considerably outnumbered, he was sure they would win, but his men were filled with doubt. On their way into battle, they stopped off at a religious sanctuary. After praying with his men, the general took out a coin and said “Now I will toss this coin. If it is heads, we win. If it is tales, we lose. Now destiny will be revealed.”

He tossed the coin into the air and the men watched carefully as it fell. It was heads. The soldiers were filled with happiness and full of confidence that they vigorously attacked the enemy and returned victorious. After the battle, a lieutenant told the general “No one can change destiny.” “Absolutely true,” replied the general while he showed the lieutenant the coin, which had heads on both sides.

Despite the difficulties, what we are going to do is continue living.

What are you going to do to rebuild that confidence?