“Courage, it would seem, is nothing less
than the power to overcome danger, misfortune, fear, injustice, while
continuing to affirm inwardly that life with all its sorrows is good; that
everything is meaningful even if in a sense beyond our understanding; and that
there is always tomorrow.” — Dorothy Thompson


Resist the temptation to either focus on what is not going well
or on what is. It may be a function of human nature to attend mostly to the
negative or to the positive, depending on one’s personality; but you understand
that this is not a simple matter of choice or personal preference. The key to
success is seeing that neither focusing on the positive nor on the negative is
advisable.


At a more fundamental level, the reality is that things are
continuously transitioning from a past state to a future state. Your primary
responsibility is to affect the transition so as to actualize the desired
future state. To do this, the task is to reduce and eliminate the disparity
between the present and future states, without redefining or compromising the
desired future state. Your focus then needs to be on the cluster of elements
that affect the future state either as contributors or as detractors,
understanding that neither is more or less important than the other. Focus must
be on the gestalt.