Have you heard of the dismemberment policy?
It was a type of life insurance and this is how it worked.
If you were insured for let’s say a million dollars, if you were to lose a little finger on the job, let’s say by accident while using a skill saw, you would be paid out approximately 5% of the payout figure - $50,000.
Under the dismemberment policy, if you lost an arm, you might receive 20% of the payout figure - $200,000.
If you lost two legs on the job you might receive 60% of the payout figure - $600,000.00 and so forth.
What’s interesting about the dismemberment policy is that if you ever lost your sight, your vision, those insurers would pay you out 100% of the dismemberment policy, no questions asked, $1,000,000! Why?
As far as the insurers were concerned, if you ever lose your vision, you’re as good as dead... And so it is with us.
I’m not referring here to natural sight.
Helen Keller, a famous blind woman was asked if she could imagine anything worse than being blind. She replied:
Worse than being blind is having sight but no vision.
Lee Iacocca took over Chrysler when it had just run up a 1.7 billion-dollar operating loss.
No one would touch it - everyone saw disaster!
Lee Iacocca came along, looked at exactly the same state of affairs but saw great opportunity.
He got into the small car market and in his first year at the helm made a modest profit. In his second year, Chrysler clocked up their largest profits ever and Lee Iacocca became a corporate hero... Why?
The answer is ‘no telling’ but it all depends on how you look at it.
If you feel like you’re surrounded by problems, challenges and big obstacles your problem is not your problem. Your problem is the way that you’re looking at it - Perception becomes reality.