There is a sign that was once seen on the side Australian Outback road that said, “Choose your rut carefully, you’ll be on it for the next 200 miles.” In those days it was nearly impossible to change course once a rut was chosen. We may not be able to change our circumstances in the present or in the foreseeable future. Although we may think that a change will make us happier it still may be a long way off. Whether we desire a new job, a large purchase, or whatever it is, we may have to deal with the situation we are in. So what are we supposed to do? Excellent question!
The one thing we can control is how we view a situation or circumstances. Our belief system is paramount to our mental state and psychological well-being. The truth is that we are limited by how we perceive things. Others will try and influence us on how we view a scenario, but we must control out thinking and choose how we view it, and on our terms.
How we view and how we react to something is the dominant force in our actions and mental state. The thing is, it’s within our power to control. Here are some ways we can help turn things around.
- Know that you have a Choice: You are not predestinated to be a certain way, or be in a predicament. The old adage, “the glass is half full/empty” shows how we can always make a choice in the way we view something. We are not predisposed to being negative or positive. We choose one or the other.
- Continually focus on where you want to be: Don’t constantly focus on the bad in a situation or fear things might be getting worse. Rather focus on the good that could be coming your way. Move your mind and then your actions in the direction that YOU want to go in.
- Be realistic about your how you feel about the situation: Honesty about your true feelings will go a lone way here. Don’t simply wish to feel differently but take steps to change your view and be constructive in the process. Wishers never achieve anything, it’s the doers who make an impact. Get clear on how you feel and why. Then ACT!
- Surround yourself with positive, supportive people: Mark those around you who consistently have a negative attitude and avoid them like the plague. Being around negativity will only bring you down. If all of your friends are negative, then find new ones. Being around positive people will rub off.
- Make positive confessions: Check your own thoughts. Choose to find the good, confess the positive, think positive, and expect a positive outcome. Always take the high road and be positive in every aspect of life.
The space between our ears is ours to control, so make the most of what you have been given by being selective of what we choose to fee our minds. You may not be able to change course at the moment, but you can sure decide how you think about it and act accordingly. Remember that you can only think one thought at a time and you can choose what those thoughts are. We have the gift to think freely and can choose which version of the truth to focus on, so chose wisely.
Respect the Torch!