One small change

sunriseThere are times when your world seems to be spinning out of control. Or crashing down around you.

You receive a devastating diagnosis from your doctor. A relationship crumbles. Your company announces another round of layoffs which either puts your job in jeopardy or increases your workload because you are now doing the jobs of 3 people.

It’s hard to remain optimistic in situations such as these, but that is one of the keys to getting through what may feel like a hopeless situation.

“What’s one thing I can do to begin to change?” is the question that struck me during the interview with Condoleezza Rice, former Secretary of State, during last week’s Chick-Fil-A Leadercast.

Author and leader John Maxwell was talking with her about the theme of the Leadercast of “Simply Lead,” and one of her first comments was that you should look for an “enabling condition” or recognize simple things you can do to make a situation better.

Even if you are not in a leadership position, you can look for enabling conditions and have an impact.

Instead of wallowing in self-pity and regret, look for something positive in the situation. It may only take one small gesture or action to start improving the circumstances.

I’ve been surprised on several occasions how in the depth of grief of losing a loved one, you somehow reconnect with a friend or family member and are able to develop a new relationship. One small good thing out of a horrible situation.

Sometimes, people bring new levels of awareness to a disease to promote research and new treatments by not keeping their illness secret. Reaching out can bring comfort and support to others in the same situation. One decision can begin the healing.

Approaching a difficult work situation with an open mind can foster a spirit of problem-solving, and possibly lead to finding smarter, easier ways to accomplish better results. Just changing your mind-set can start the ball rolling.

Like the sun peeking over the hill gives hope that the night will end, so one small change can begin to turn a situation from dismal and gloomy to brighter. It won’t solve the problem, but one step leads to another, which can make all the difference.

What is one small change you can make today to improve a situation?