2008 Rebecca Hanson
“The Chinese characters for crisis mean both danger and opportunity. Whether you spin a crisis into an opportunity is up to you.”
The other day I was reading a magazine in a doctor’s office, and these sentences seemed to pop off the page, right into my heart.
Here’s an affirmation you can use to spin every crisis into an opportunity:
Even though this situation looks bad (or hopeless or endless) I am opening a Window of Possibility to an unexpected outcome.
Would you like to become a “Spin Doctor?” That’s what my friends call me, because it seems not to matter how bleak the situation, I manage to find a way to spin it to an advantage or gain. For example:
About a year after I received an excellent divorce settlement, my former husband appealed the ruling and in so doing, my income was reduced by 66%. At the same time, I was denied child support for our Downs Syndrome child, Sarah. Either of these judgments would be challenging, and together they came as quite a blow to me financially. Now, our daughter is quite intelligent and she knew that I was asking for child support and we both fully expected to receive it.
I also realized that how I presented this “bad news” would be very important to her self esteem, her sense of self-worth and to her future relationship with her father. So as much as I wanted to BMW about it (Bitch, Moan and Whine) I waited until I was able to put a good “spin” on it.
A few days later, I told Sarah, “Well, I have some good news and some bad news about the child support.” Sarah looked at me with a bit of fear in her eyes.
“The bad news is the judge has turned us down for Child Support.” Her gaze fell to the ground.
“The good news is…CONGRATULATIONS, Sarah,” I reached out to shake her hand. “You are officially an adult! The judge has declared you are an adult.” At age 24 and able to live on her own with a little extra support, she was indeed now a full fledged adult. Her entire countenance changed! Her eyes twinkled, her dimples deepened and she held her head up high!
A few days later, she was registering for a bowling league, when the registrar asked:
“Sarah, how old are you?” “I’m 24,” she replied.
“Oh, then you can’t bowl in the Youth League, you have to bowl with the adults!”
I had to chuckle, since this seemed like “bad news” at first, but it was very confirming of the judge’s decree. I whispered in her ear, “See? You ARE and adult.” Once more she squared her shoulders, lifted her head proudly and promptly registered for the Adult Bowling League.
About a week before receiving the “bad news” about my spousal support, the idea and plan for creating the Law of Attraction Training Center had begun to form in my mind. Putting a positive spin on the Child Support issue enabled me to look for the “opportunity” in my own financial situation and guess what! I was able to see the truth that I AM able to successfully create a business that I love and one that supports me!
Are you ready to become a “Spin Doctor?”