In life, we can’t control what life throws at us, but we can control the way we respond and think about what has happened to us. I would say this is one of the hardest things to keep on top of in life, especially when you are going through a really tough time, but it is the one area that really is ‘make or break.’
Why? It is quite simple:
Your attitude to life will determine your happiness and your quality of life.
What attitude are you approaching your life with?
When you share your story with others, do you focus on all the negatives? What about the way you feel about your life within your own mind? Deep down do you feel you have been badly done by? Do you believe that bad things always happen to you?
The problem with these thought patterns is that they are self-fulfilling. What we believe to be true (even if it isn’t) is the truth we will live by. In the same way, we can shape our thoughts and actions and create a life of influence, happiness and empowerment by;
- Focusing on what has gone well
- Making the most of the resources we have available to us
- Celebrating our successes (even if it doesn’t match the standard of ‘success’ set by our society)
- Doing more of what makes us happy
- Seeing abundance rather than scarcity and helping others fulfil their dreams, live their best life, and experience more happiness
If we want to start living well and getting the most out of our life we need to start noticing our thought patterns and how they are shaping our attitude to life. If our thought patterns aren’t empowering then it is time to start challenging them and replacing them.
I will leave you with my all time favourite quote. Viktor E. Frankl survived the Nazi concentration camps, and his insight is moving, profound and life changing:
“Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.”
What attitude will you go into today with?
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