It’s All In the Way You Look At Things

The + Life runs through my head all day, every day… I hear students explain their shortcomings and notice how they accept or deflect responsibility; even on social media, I can’t help but notice how friends’ lives mirror the tone of their communique; and I am keenly aware of how my perspective affects any given situation.

And it’s that last one that I’ve dwelt on for the past week or so.

My perspective determines my results.

I’ve been thinking about this especially in terms of my childhood and sports history.

As kids, we don’t think about the ‘What if?’ or worry too much about semantics. We just DO.

Having played sports for so many years, I’m mystified by that invisible force that causes teams to win or lose. I wonder about the “It Factor” that creates legends like Mia Hamm and Michael Jordan.

But there is no force, no mystery, no secret to just DOING-it’s all in the approach.

If you look at situations as opportunities to perform, conquer, emerge victorious, you’re already on the path to success. If you see situations as challenges that you must labor against and overcome, you start at a deficit.

We all have goals to reach.

But, we don’t all share a view of how to reach them.

Some people are scared by the space between where they are and where they want to be. Others are fired up by that space.

I think success lies in that space.


The world is a tragedy to those who feel, but a comedy to those who think.

Horace Walpole