Train yourself not to give up without a fight
In Chinese, the word crisis is composed of two characters. One represents danger and the other opportunity. Most people experience turbulence at some point in their lives. We need to train ourselves to believe every crisis brings with it the opportunity to become stronger and better, if we do the right thing. The danger in a crisis is giving up too soon with little or no effort.
Here is a story about two frogs who dealt with a crisis in different ways. Sukhiram was a happy frog and Dukhiram, an unhappy frog. A boy picked them up and threw them into two milk cans.
Trapped, Dukhiram started criticising the boy for exposing him to extreme danger. He blamed God for making him too lame and weak to stop the boy, and not being able to get out. With all the negative thoughts, Dukhiram gradually drowned and died.
Sukhiram in the other can was prepared for the crisis. He was aware of the danger in giving up. He prayed to God to give the boy better sense. Then he thought hard about ways to get him out of his situation. While trying to keep afloat, he realised, his feet were paddling naturally. So he started swimming. His churning created a lump of butter which floated on the top of the surface. Sukhiram plopped on to the butter. Suddenly, a milkman opened the lid. Seizing the opportunity, Sukhiram jumped out of the can. Dukhiram got flushed into the gutter.
‘Luck favours the brave’ is a good proverb, but the apt proverb is ‘luck favours the prepared mind’. An effective tool to be prepared is the SWOT analysis awareness of your strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats. Knowing your strengths helps you identify and capitalise on opportunities. Being aware of your weakness and threats can help preempt a crisis. Let us prepare to lead fulfilling lives.