“Life is hard, until it isn’t.” Dr. Sue Morter
“I never lose. I either win or learn.” Nelson Mandela
“If two people always agree, one of them is unnecessary.” Mark Twain
These are some of my favorite quotes. Ones I recall quickly and often.
Recently, a good friend reminded me of another one to add to that list. It’s from one of my favorite movies, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. If you haven’t seen it, add it to your queue. The quote is from Sonny, the hotel’s young manager and cockeyed optimist, who instructs a worried hotel guest in his adorable East Indian accent, “It will all be all right in the end. If it is not all right, it is not yet the end.”
I wrote last week about Silver Firs cabin surviving the Caldor Fire, but the news this week is that the fires are still raging very nearby with big winds expected for the next few days. While this is no doubt worrisome, I hold the knowing that it will be all right in the end. And if it is not all right, it is not yet the end.
This sentiment holds true in business as well. We provide leadership coaching for a lot of practice and business owners, managers, and team leads. Lately, almost all have been struggling with finding, keeping, and growing good team members. It has been an amazing time during this challenge to strengthen not only our ability to create clarity, inspiration, and coach professional growth within our organizations but also our ability to innovate.
Leaders and teams who are embracing “what is” and expanding their thinking, challenging their current beliefs, and focusing on innovation are not only solving their current challenges but also creating their future.
Customer service may not be “all right” right now, but this is not the end of great customer service. Great teams may not be “all right”, but this is not the end of great teams. Leadership is all about finding possibilities, keeping spirits high, and leading people toward the future.
Remember what Sonny says, “It will all be all right in the end. If it is not yet all right, then it is not yet the end.” Get creative. Reach out for resources and coaching. Find out what others are doing to bridge the gap and succeed despite the current situation. The future may not look “all right” to you right now, but it not yet the end of your bright future.
It will all be all right in the end. If it is not all right, it is not yet the end.”
~ The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel