As soon as my boys were old enough to start comprehending right from wrong I taught them: “You always have 2 choices. You can do the right, or you can do the wrong thing. The choice is yours, but you need to understand no matter the choice you make, you choose the consequences to go along with your choice. As the parent, I get to decide the reward or the punishment.” It is simply the Law of Cause and Effect.
Every action has a reaction. Simple physics. Often, we act without thinking and then we wonder how we ended up where we find ourselves. Generally, it is not where we want to be. We wonder what happened and where we went wrong. Now we need to figure a way to get of the situation. The struggle continues. Many give up and accept it as ‘it is what it is’ and try to make the best of the situation. For a long time, this was me. Then one day, I woke up. My eyes were opened, and I learned I have control. Control of my thoughts, my words, my emotions and my actions. I became intentional and stopped being reactionary. What a difference! Life started improving in ways I had only dreamed about earlier.
Our life is up to us. We are the captain of our ship. We hold the steering wheel and decide the direction we want to take. But how? Start by becoming aware of your thoughts, words, emotions, and actions. Become intentional. Think about your thoughts… What is your predominantly thought pattern? Do you anticipate the best or the worst? Or is it somewhere in between? Now look at your life… are you getting more of what you truly desire or more of what you do not want? About 3 years ago I was introduced to the 10-day mental diet (yup, still on it!). Here is how the diet works…. No negative thoughts, words, or emotions for 10 days. As soon as you catch one, you redirect it to a positive and your diet starts over. What this will do over time, you will be a) more aware of your thoughts and b) there will be a shift towards the positive. The more aware of your thoughts you are and the more positive they become, you will notice a more positive attitude all around.
Give it a try! No worries. You won’t fail. Simply start over.
Here’s to good and happy thoughts, good emotions, and more positive consequences.
Let Happiness Determine Your Success.