March 18, 2020 - JOLT - Twisting the Mind to Find the Blessing In This -

March 18, 2020 – JOLT – Twisting the Mind to Find the Blessing In This

By Darrell Gurney | Blog

Mar 18
“This is an age in which the mood decides the fortunes of people rather than the fortunes decide the mood.”
-Sir Winston Churchill

There’s where we’ve been…

and where we’re going. The past can inform us, and yet full information plus attitude is what will take us where we want to be.

One of the luminaries I follow reminded me this morning that nothing happens to us. It happens for us.

That may be a tough, spiritual take on something such as a pandemic. Yet, if your mind, mood and attitude are at the source of your experience in life, then tell me what better good will entertaining the idea that you’re a victim do for you??

Sure, there’s not a one of us — no matter how high-minded we want to be — who doesn’t, at times, buy into the fears, the uncertainties, and the illusions of empty toilet-paper hangers.

Yet, the key in that last sentence is how high-minded we want to be.

Even if we fall off the horse at times (and get maybe double what we really need at the grocery store), the real opportunity in all of this is coming back to the awareness that we have a choice: and it’s what’s going on in our mind.

Times like these remind me of the power of Victor Frankl’s inspiring book “Man’s Search for Meaning” in which he shares how the strong survivors of concentration camps were able to endure the most horrific of life circumstances through the power of their minds and imagination. Maybe time to get another copy if you’ve lost yours?

Games. Those inside of the camps played mind games, like “Let’s see if I’ll be served one of the peas at the bottom of the soup vat!” and other (perhaps seeming silly to us now) little twists of thinking that got them through each day before going on to live full, post-war lives.

This is war, for sure. And, like every other war mankind has experienced, this too shall pass.

As you navigate a new normalcy, the question is this: Who will you be after the war is over? A bigger, more expanded, bolder, greater loving, more generous and thankful human being? Or, not that.

Your mission — should you choose to accept it — is to find ways to twist your thinking so that, at the end of each day, you can answer this question with at least one authentic answer: “How is what’s going on for me? What’s the real opportunity here?”

And, for the heck of it, without having it “all worked out, i’s dotted and t’s crossed” (which is what a PlayGame™ approach to life is all about), I’ll begin hosting a LIVE zoom video conference a few times a week to support us all to find the blessings in all of this.

But, I won’t be a talking head! If you come, come with the willingness to play this game of life being for us…even in the most challenging of times. And bring your stories and evidence to prove your points!

Note: I don’t have it all worked out yet, so stay tuned for updates…while you practice finding the blessings in all that is going on around you.

That’s your key to sanity, centeredness, and the kind of human being you’ll be when looking back on this…when telling your great grandkids how this time transformed not only you, but the world.

Need some support in gamifying a twist-of-mind new normal around career, business or personal life? Schedule a session here for support in using current situations as an opportunity to uplevel or totally re-game your game.

Got twist-of-mind choice?

“You have power over your mind, not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.”
-Marcus Aurelius

About the Author

DARRELL W. GURNEY, Executive/ Career Coach and 20-year recruiting veteran, supports people at all levels to make fulfilling and profitable career transitions. His first book, Headhunters Revealed! Career Secrets for Choosing and Using Professional Recruiters, was winner of the Clarion Award for Best Book by the Association for Women in Communications and was reviewed in Publishers Weekly. His newest book, Never Apply for a Job Again: Break the Rules, Cut the Line, Beat the Rest, has been endorsed by bestselling thought leaders such as Harvey Mackay, Keith Ferrazzi, and Dr. Ivan Misner. A personal and business brand strategist, Darrell’s Stealth Method of networking has helped folks expand their reach within both careers and new client circles. He speaks, leads workshops, and is a media expert on subjects such as recruiting, networking, and finding one’s passion. He was recently named Networking Expert for and offers webinars and programs that get MBA students and working professionals out, connected, and landed.