It's Monday morning rush hour traffic, and you are headed to the office. You are stressed thinking about the morning task you know are waiting for you. Whether you are the boss or part of the administrative support team, you know people are going to be pulling at you with a lot of request. On top of that, you had horrible weekend; your water heater broke and needs to be replaced. You have the money to replace it; however, it is coming from your savings which is your retirement fund/emergency fund. On top of that, the plumber will not be out until Wednesday; so you have been taking cold showers since this weekend. Does this sound like a scenario you have experienced in the past? Maybe, it was another bull-crap situation. Nevertheless, you are about ready to blow your top. You are normally composed, but there are just times where if it is not one thing it is another. So, how do you feel about this suggestion? Change your thoughts to empower your life.
“You are essentially who you create yourself to be and all that occurs in your life is the result of your own making.” ― Stephen Richards, Think Your way to Success: Let Your Dreams Run Free
So, the simple question is, how can the situations mentioned above be turned into thoughts that empower me? Let's face it; in this scenario, you will still have a huge freaking bill to replace the water heater. You, also, will still have people pulling you left and right. That is not changing! But what can change is how you look at these challenges.
Empower your thoughts! How about you take a deep breath. Now, remember, the bills and people are not going anywhere; but your perception of the situation can. For instance, you have the money to replace the water heater; yeah it is coming out of your savings, but you are able to fix the issue. The savings has been created because you have a job; although with people that are annoying, you still have a job that puts food on the table and keeps your family under a roof.
In closing, true, this situation was tough. And, if you have not faced this type of situation, I know you have had other unbelievable challenges you survived---even if by the tips of your fingernails. Reflecting on the positive, even if you have to search really hard to find it, will reduce the stress and allow your mind to emit an energy of gratitude. That energy created from thankfulness will increase self-love and reduce stress. This is a discipline that requires constant awareness and practice; but I promise you it is worth it.
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Gerald Woods is Director of Operation at Solace Connect, LLC based in San Antonio, TX. He has written many articles on various topics dealing with online streaming, fashion, fitness, and a host of other topics. He graduated from Prairie View A&M University with a B.B.A . in Finance. Follow his team and him at Facebook or by subscribing to our News Letter at the bottom of this webpage.