Unleashing Leadership: Unlocking Greatness and Embracing Change

Personal Choice

November 20, 2023 Travis Maus Season 3 Episode 66
Unleashing Leadership: Unlocking Greatness and Embracing Change
Personal Choice
Show Notes Transcript

Have you ever wondered how you could turn the scars of your past into a source of strength? How do you walk through life bearing the burden of your darkest day and still find the courage to keep moving forward? We explore how optimism is not merely expecting things to get better on their own, but having the conviction that we have the power to improve things. We also delve into understanding that our scars, whether physical or emotional, are not symbols of pain, but evidence of healing and resilience.

As we navigate the winding road of human emotions, we underscore the vital role of our power of choice in shaping our perspective of the past, present, and future. We reflect on how focusing on the beauty and potential in each moment can fuel our optimism, inspiring us to dream bigger and brighter. We also ponder on the concept of our 'darkest day', and how surviving it can paradoxically become our greatest strength. So, get ready to embrace optimism in a new light and discover how you can use it to transform even your darkest days into your brightest.

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This is Unleashing Leadership, and I'm your host, travis Moss. Welcome to Quote Day. We're pinching this in there between our red monster that's our next episode, and we just got done with our yellow, blue and green monster episodes and today's quote by Melinda Gates. Optimism is not a belief that things will automatically be better. It's a conviction that we can make things better. Listen, the only thing that you can control is what you do next. Do you go forward with hope and trust in the future or do you go forward jaded by the past? You get to choose this perspective. This doesn't mean you don't learn from the past. It doesn't mean you don't have scars from the past. Think about what a scar actually is. A scar is something that happened a cut, an injury that has healed, at least physically. The body is showing that it can get over it. The mind is the next phase, but we need to keep things in perspective. Don't let fear and anger from events that you cannot change. And that's what the past is. It's something that is already written in stone. It happened. You cannot change it. You may not even be able to justify it. It is what it is. You don't let the fear and the anger from that hold you back from all the wonderful that's still ahead of yourself. For everybody, there can be wonderful ahead of them. It's just a matter of they want to go have it.

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Everything you look at, everything you do, every person you meet, you get to decide to focus on the damaged parts. You can stare at the scars. You can hold onto your own scars as if they're still gaping wounds, or you focus on one thing and you only need to find one. Chances are there's many more than one, but just find one thing that is beautiful or amazing right in front of you. Focus on that. One of these two options, one of these two perspectives, is going to pull you forward and give you hope, to fill you back up with dreams that you can achieve. The other perspective is going to pull you down and make you feel horrible. It is going to chain you into the dark, damp basement. But you actually get to choose how you want to feel.

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You might feel that things are horrible, but once you are in a horrible situation, once you are there that's the present In the very next moment you were there, you're no longer there. You have moved on. Whatever was horrible has happened and is now in your past? First question is how horrible was it really? The funniest thing about your darkest day? The darkest, coldest, bleakest day? There's only one of them. That's definition of darkest. It is the worst.

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So once you're done with it, what you do after that, what you do the next day, that's your choice. Do you quit? You've had the dark day, it's already done. If you were going to quit, shouldn't you have quit before the darkest day? Why would you quit after You've already hit the valley? Do you become a victim for the rest of your existence? I can't do anything because I had my darkest day. Let your darkest day make you stronger. Let it give you strength that you know that you can survive things and you can move on. In the darkest of the dark night, in the darkest part of the dark night, the smallest, tiniest light is going to seem huge. The smallest star looks like the largest star. The day after your darkest day might just be your brightest. And you, you get to choose. You get to choose what you do to make every single day better.

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