Happy New Year 2019!
It's that time again so I hope you lifted your champagne glass and cheered on the new year. I love new years because it marks a new beginning, with 12 blank chapters and 365 pages of unknowns. The possibilities are endless.
In a perfect world all of those possibilities would be great, and all of your goals would be accomplished. But it's not a perfect world and you will experience setbacks. Choosing to see a setback as an absolute negative is a state of mind. I am a person that believes in seeing the glass as half full rather than as half empty. Meaning that, I like to find the positive in any negative. Sometimes it is not always easy to see but I assure you if you try hard enough a positive can be seen.
One example of this I can share is when, I lost my hotel front desk agent job after coming back from a vacation. A vacation where money was spent, and bills needed to be paid once returned. I didn't know what to do with myself, I had been laid off because I wasn't understanding the job and often made mistakes. I was devastated and knew that I was worth so much more than what I was being portrayed as. For an entire month, I would send applications to different job offers and go on several interviews, but nothing seemed promising. I fell into a bit of a depression and felt frustrated. Then I got a job offer. It was at a stand-alone hotel brand. With everything to gain and nothing to lose I accepted the job offer. The hiring process was taking rather long and mid-way into the process I received another job offer at a chain hotel. This chain hotel offered much better benefits so at the end I went with the second job offer.
Today, I am glad I was laid off from my original hotel job and now, with only 2 years shy of being at my current hotel company, I have become an Operations Manager. So, you know what? Screw that first hotel job who obviously didn't believe in my potential.
At first, I didn't see the positive but eventually I saw it. So, to sum up the moral of this story, never lose faith in knowing that your setbacks can be lessons. Lessons that build character and make you who you are. They are needed in life and there's always a good in them, but it is you who has the power to view them as a failure or a lesson/ experience gained.
I wish you all the best in this coming year, write a good one!