Last night, I was watching the Billboard Music Awards and working on a post for today. I had been struggling with the post a little bit--writing and re-writing it, and usually when that happens, that's not the right post for that day. But since I didn't have any other topic I felt the urge to write about, I kept pushing through... Until Celine Dion's tear-jerking speech! As soon as she ended her speech with those words "the show must go on" I knew I had my post for today so here goes...
Just imagine for a few seconds that you are performing on a stage in front of a huge crowd. And all of a sudden, you trip and fall or forget your line/lyrics. What do you do? An amateur might run off the stage or fumble around for a while before getting back into the swing of things. And even after getting back into it, they may still be a little shaken up, and deliver an unimpressive performance from there on out. But a professional will most likely not miss a beat and keep going like it was part of the script/song.
Life is like a huge performance sometimes. Of course there is a lot more at stake but the concept is applicable. When you experience setbacks, low points, and "I just wanna stay in bed all day and not think about a thing" moments, there comes a time when its not just important to rise up (see previous post "Rise Up" for reference), but how quickly you recover becomes important as well.
The longer it takes you to recover, the harder it is to get back into the rhythm. Now imagine going through several setbacks and taking a while to recover each time. Before you know it, you'll be so drained and disoriented that it may be near impossible to deliver a stellar performance. What we want is to be like professional performers in life. So every time a setback comes, our 'bounce back game' is so strong that people can't tell if it was a faux pas or if it was part of the "script".
How then do you perfect your bounce back game, you may ask. When you do trip and fall, or forget the lines/lyrics,