"You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face." – Eleanor Roosevelt

When the Storm is Battering the Front Door, Dare to Walk Out the Back

Jul 15th 2010 at 6:22 PM

In 2010, we are all feeling the effects of a stagnant economy.  It affects our jobs (if we still have one) by bringing about distraction, anger over diminishing compensation, fear of potential unemployment, and pressure to increase sales and revenue.  It affects our health, as stress takes its toll upon us, both physically and mentally.  It affects our Families, as we take out our frustrations and fears upon those closest to us.  There is no doubt that this is affecting us individually and as a nation.

As these pressure mount, it becomes ever more important that we focus on positive thoughts and endeavours.  Certainly this is true for our psyche and physical health, but we must take time for positive, uplifting pursuits in order to be more successful at our job and more nurturing to our families.  We must be willing to look at new, positive options to help us through these tough times. Do not succumb to the negative or, in the end, you will be its victim.

"I am bigger than anything that can happen to me.  All these things, sorrow, misfortune, and suffering are outside my door.  I am the house and I have the key."  
-Charles Fletcher Lummis, prolific author and crusader of Indian rights

This is the stance that we must take against the storms that assail our lives if we are to overcome them.  The circumstances of Life may bring setbacks, but cannot take us down against the might of our will.  Now, that is not to say that we should continue on the same path, making the same less than successful decisions time after time.  If the storms of sorrow, misfortune, suffering, depression, or fear are at the front door, we must realize that we can walk right out the back door to a different, often calmer and brighter future.

In the way of example, what would you do if you lost your job and, as so often the case today, there wasn't another one to be found in your particular field?  You have two choices...Will you stand at the door and stare though the peephole at the storm of creditors and shrinking financial reserves?  Or are you willing to take a risk and change course by walking out the back door to try something that you have never thought or dared to do before?  

Think about possible outcomes.  If you stand at the front door waiting and hoping that the storm will pass so that you can continue down the same path that you have always traveled, you have to expect the same results and, sooner or later, you will be back behind that door, hiding out from another storm.  It is said that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and continuing to expect a different result.  There are many paths that lead to the same goal, yet we so often focus only on the one that we have always taken...the comfortable path.  Sometimes in order to improve ourselves and our lot in life, we must take the blinders off and see the world around us.

"When one door of happiness closes, another opens: but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has opened before us."
-Helen Keller

If you have the moxy and foresight to open the back door and consider a new path, there is a multitude of potential outcomes.  It is possible that you will find yourself back inside the house fearing the storm, in which case you may need to look out the window for yet another path to take.  It is also quite possible that you may find the sun is shining on this new path and you need not seek shelter from the storm that is waiting for you at the front door.  You may just find happiness, financial freedom and within reach of your goals.

Sometimes it takes a drastically different course to bring about the changes desired in our lives.  Think of someone lost in their world of drugs or alcohol.  How drastic is the change that must be made to take the first step out the back door of that house?  Anyone who has been there will tell you that it is not a mere step out that door, but a giant leap of faith.  The same can be true with career choices.  It seems impossible to move away from the industry that you have been in for years or decades.  After all, that is the career path that you have chosen and all that you know, right?  While it may not be comfortable to think outside the box and try a new path, it is far better than hiding behind that front door and, with a strong foundation and laser-like focus upon the goal, it is very possible that you may free yourself from the restraints of past, "comfortable" choices.

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."
-Mark Twain

This is how people achieve "greatness".  You must be a Leader, even if it is only yourself that you lead.  Do not listen to those around you that would tear you down because you dare to try something different.  Detractors will always try to bring you down to a place where they feel more comfortable about you, because the effort is to raise themselves up is too great.  Here is the key...you must strive to become "Who you truely are" regardless of the opinion of others.  This does not mean we should instantly discard what others say...we should listen, analyze and then make the choice that is true to us.  Take the step out that back door with confidence that you have done your research, you have a plan, you have set a strong foundation and, most importantly, you are moving toward your goals and "Who you truely are".   

Will you stumble along the way?  Perhaps.  If you pull yourself up and remain open to new possibilities you will find the right path.  You will find that you can rise above the economy, the depression, the doubt, and the fear.  If you dare to try, you will find that you have new, exciting options and a clear view of your goals.

"If you hear a voice within you say “you cannot paint,” then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced."
-Vincent Van Gogh

"Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in the grey twilight that knows not victory nor defeat."
-Theodore Roosevelt

Remain positive...remain open to new possibilities and new paths...set your plan and foundation...and walk out that back door with your head held high knowing that you control your own destiny!

If you are seeking career options, you can go here to view one possible path

Please to comment
Sep 23rd 2011 at 4:05 AM by TimRR
well done
Nov 19th 2010 at 9:00 AM by RollingEagle
Danielle, thank you for your insight, very well written and thought out article. Love the inspirational quotes that are included. Seize the Day and make it happen!!...:)
Aug 23rd 2010 at 7:40 PM by yhbecpublisher
Thank you for a wonderful way to see misfortunes as opportunity for change. I am like the river that can change course but never really be stopped.

Whenever I walk into a building, the first thing I do is check for where the exits are, as I like to know what to do in case of an emergency.

I always try to identify 3 different exit points I can use in case one is unavailable for any reason and do this when planning my business direction too now.
Aug 21st 2010 at 6:11 AM by fredds
Very inspiring. Very uplifting. We should all keep on pressing on; the "doors" will eventually open.
Aug 19th 2010 at 5:05 PM by philjansen
Thank you for an awesome positive well informed article. God Bless. Who I am makes a difference - philjansen.com
Aug 7th 2010 at 3:46 PM by visionary
Wonderfully Uplifting article! I felt as though I had wings as an eagle and could just get up and fly after reading this! Stella

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