Celeste Owens

Celeste Owens

A motivational speaker and licensed psychologist with a PhD in counseling psychology from the University of Pittsburgh.


1 loss, many wins

As a mom of preschoolers, I glean wisdom from many unconventional sources. One of my favorite verbal exchanges comes from Kung Fu Panda (2008), a children's movie about a panda whose dream is to be a Kung Fu master.

Shifu: Master! I have... it's very bad news!

Oogway: Ah, Shifu. There is just news. There is no good or bad.

Shifu: Master, your vision. Your vision was right! Tai-Lung has broken out of prison! He's on his way! [pause]

Oogway: That is bad news if you do not believe that the dragon warrior can stop him.

Moral? Your perception of an event is often related to your belief about your ability to succeed. In other words if you believe that you are destined to fail you will see every negative event as proof of your doom. On the other hand if you are confident that things will ultimately work out every cloud has a silver lining. This is more than just positive thinking; it is a deep-seated assurance that you are destined for great things.

Those who succeed understand that there is much to be learned from events that do not go as planned and the ability to put things in perspective is crucial.

Success does require some risk taking -- sometimes the payoff is immediate and other times it's delayed. In the case of Jay Leno, his disastrous ratings are just one setback in a series of successes. If he is persistent he will triumph again and may even find that this setback worked out for his good.

By Celeste Owens  |  January 14, 2010; 10:43 PM ET  | Category:  taking chances Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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