“A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” – Winston Churchill
Imagine this: you work in the HR Department of your organization. At today’s staff meeting, your colleague is scheduled to present on your new benefits package. At the last minute, she gets the flu and your boss asks you to do the presentation instead. You aren’t prepared for this, but depending on how you perceive this request – as a challenge or as a threat – your response could be excitement, strategizing and embracing OR shutting down, fight or flight, or totally stressed out.
Do you normally perceive difficulty as a threat OR as a challenge?