“The Chinese characters for crisis mean both danger and opportunity. Whether you spin a crisis into an opportunity is up to you.”

The other day I was reading a magazine in a doctor’s office, and these sentences seemed to pop off the page, right into my heart.

Here’s an affirmation you can use to spin every crisis into an opportunity:

Even though this situation looks bad (or hopeless or endless)
I am opening a Window of Possibility to an unexpected outcome.

Would you like to become a “Spin Doctor?” That’s what my friends call me, because it seems not to matter how bleak the situation, I manage to find a way to spin it to an advantage or gain. For example:

About a year after I received an excellent divorce settlement, my former husband appealed the ruling and in so doing, my income was reduced by 66%. At the same time, I was denied child support for our Downs Syndrome child, Sarah. Either of these judgments would be challenging, and together they came as quite a blow to me financially. Now, our daughter is quite intelligent and she knew that I was asking for child support and we both fully expected to receive it.

I also realized that how I presented this “bad news” would be very important to her self esteem, her sense of self-worth and to her future relationship with her father. So as much as I wanted to BMW about it (Bitch, Moan and Whine) I waited until I was able to put a good “spin” on it.

A few days later, I told Sarah, “Well, I have some good news and some bad news about the child support.” Sarah looked at me with a bit of fear in her eyes.

“The bad news is the judge has turned us down for Child Support.” Her gaze fell to the ground.

“The good news is…CONGRATULATIONS, Sarah,” I reached out to shake her hand. “You are officially an adult! The judge has declared you are an adult.” At age 24 and able to live on her own with a little extra support, she was indeed now a full fledged adult. Her entire countenance changed! Her eyes twinkled, her dimples deepened and she held her head up high!

A few days later, she was registering for a bowling league, when the registrar asked:

“Sarah, how old are you?”

“I’m 24,” she replied.

“Oh, then you can’t bowl in the Youth League, you have to bowl with the adults!”

I had to chuckle, since this seemed like “bad news” at first, but it was very confirming of the judge’s decree. I whispered in her ear, “See? You ARE and adult.” Once more she squared her shoulders, lifted her head proudly and promptly registered for the Adult Bowling League.

About a week before receiving the “bad news” about my spousal support, the idea and plan for creating the Law of Attraction Training Center had begun to form in my mind. Putting a positive spin on the Child Support issue enabled me to look for the “opportunity” in my own financial situation and guess what! I was able to see the truth that I AM able to successfully create a business that I love and one that supports me!

Author's Bio: 

For more than 30 years Rebecca has helped hundreds of people turn their lives and businesses around. Her unique blend of teaching, spiritual gifts and practical application of the Law of Attraction have a quick, powerful and long-lasting effect on everyone she meets. In 2003, Rebecca founded the Law of Attraction Training Center where she teaches and trains a global audience in the art of deliberately creating a life or business they love. Author of Law of Attraction for Business and owner of TeleClass International Services Inc and Telephone Bridge Services, Rebecca implements the Law of Attraction on a daily basis.