by Pamela McCormick | Featured Contributor
I’m not a psychotherapist — I don’t even play one on TV — but I can comfortably predict that, in your life, whether business, family or personal, there will be not so good days and moments. You can’t avoid them, no matter how hard you try. The successful person, however, trains him or herself to take those dark times learn from them and “Bounce Back!”
We watch children fall down and encourage them to get up, brush themselves off and try again. Why is it so hard for adults to do the same? Have we been knocked down too many times? Are we so weighed down with worries that we can’t get off the ground? How do we change this negative “mindset” and soar to new heights?
This thought occurred to me while watching my kids on the neighborhood trampoline. “Watch, Mom! Watch this!” Their faces beamed as they jumped a little higher each time — the little one kept looking up, probably afraid she was going to hit the sun — and then they flipped over and landed on their feet. Then they directed their attention toward ME: You want a turn, Mom?” After several “not right now” responses, one day…I surprised myself by saying,
Sure. I’ll “Bounce” with you for a little bit.
I tentatively started to bounce in the air with small little jumps, and then soon, I was bending my knees a little more to get just a little higher, when all of a sudden I LAUGHED…OUT… LOUD…This is FUN!! My children were startled but my inner child had taken over. She grabbed onto my consciousness. Briefly I let go of worry and bounced. JUST Bounced!!! Hey! Maybe I can reach the sun. I was no longer hiding behind the curtain of life.
YOU are capable of rising above, you can DO THIS. Keep BOUNCING!!!
We will all hit hard places or surfaces in life and business, but how we “BOUNCE” back from them will make all the difference. So use the word “BOUNCE” as your reference to remember these key tenants of your thriving life:
Believe in yourself.
Own it. (Own your ideas, good and bad).
Understand (your background, your audience, why things went wrong or right).
Never give up. (Keep Trying).
Courage (Stand up with all the courage you can muster).
Enthusiasm (Use your heart and your childlike wonder to get enthused).
So BOUNCE a ball around, step in the bounce house, bounce on a trampoline and BOUNCE on!! Now, if you are feeling inspired at all, if you are ready to jump back in the game with me…
Be a “BOUNCER” and…
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Pamela McCormick – Creativity Promoter/Inspiration Generator
Pam is a creative consultant, writer and dance teacher/choreographer. In addition to the joys of being a Mom of three (ages 13, 9, and 3) she has first-hand experience in the business of family and the life of a working woman, as well as more than 10 years as a business executive in product development/creative coordination.
Creative development is a specialty. Copywriting, editing, marketing, photo shoot management and sales presentation speaking skills are all in her “dance bag” of tricks. With her wide background of business, leadership, motherhood and teaching, she has learned to “leap” through it all.
Pam is an eternal optimist who is determined to help you transform the chaos of your daily life into an enthusiastic “DANCE.” Pam’s inspirational blog can be viewed at www.dancinmoma.wordpress.com.
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