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Crisis = dangerous opportunity

Posted Sep 14 2008 4:53pm

We have all experienced a crisis of one kind or another in our lives. There are things in life that happen and are out of our control; however, we are in control of our reaction to these events or crises. It is our perceptions of events that causes stress. Did you know that in Chinese the word for crisis is made of two characters - one represents danger and the other represents opportunity. In other words, the Chinese refer to crises as dangerous opportunities.

Unfortunately, many people only see the danger in crises and fail to look for the opportunities. While it is important to assess the danger, it is equally important to find and seize the opportunities. If you can look beyond the danger and see to the heart of the situation you find opportunity. Be sure to keep yourself open to finding the opportunities. Have you ever experienced something that you thought was bad in the moment only to decide later that this was one of the best things that ever happened to you? Rather than waiting to gain perspective, why not try looking for the opportunity in the midst of the event or crisis? Next time you experience something that seems like a crisis, remember - dangerous opportunity - and look for the opportunities. What new directions might be open to you? What can you learn? How can you use the situation to get to know yourself better?

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