In his bestselling book ‘Man’s search for Meaning, Austrian neurologist and holocaust survivor Viktor Frankl wrote –“Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.” When faced with the many horrors of the Nazi concentration camps, Viktor focused on identifying a purpose to his life and then on imagining its outcome. This helped him find the mental strength to survive and live beyond the holocaust.
Viktor’s experience is especially significant in this hour when the threat of Coronavirus leaves many of us feeling helpless. There’s a lot we can learn from Viktor and other survivors like him. For one - the bad times will pass and it won’t be long before the sun comes out again.
Second, focusing on our financial goals and dreams gives us a sense of purpose and the strength to carry on till the tide turns. By visualizing our dreams as vividly as we can and working towards making them a reality we can get past the challenges that face us.
Now, let’s say your dream is to buy a house: imagine yourself and your loved ones finding peace and comfort within its four walls. If you were dreaming of buying a new car, a lively discussion about the many places you and your family will drive to can bring much needed cheer into your conversations. Talk to your children about their dreams and help them draw up a plan of how they can get there. Call up your parents and plan a family holiday where you can all be together once Covid-19 is no longer a threat.
In these extraordinary times, our dreams give us the strength to forge ahead. Staying focused and invested can help you hold on to your dreams and stay on track with achieving them.
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