I am convinced that life is 10 percent what happens to me and 90 percent how I react to it. And so it is with you… we are in charge of our attitudes. ~ Charles Swindoll
Life happens! I know you’ve had a few crisis moments in either your personal life or the life of your business. No matter what you do to prepare for or prevent them from happening, some things are beyond our control.
Just this past week…during a coaching session, a client had water start coming through his ceiling. Another client recently had to have surgery and experienced a personal crisis with his son…all in the same month. Just two weekends ago, our son’s fiancée canceled the wedding 24 hours before the ceremony. In October I had to return early to the US because of a visa renewal delay…that still hasn’t been processed.
When life happens in ways that make us feel helpless, it can throw us into frustration and a negative mindset…or at the least create a huge distraction…if we let it.
Or, we can choose to harness our emotions and thoughts to transform our life, business, and relationships. Yes, you have a choice. It’s called self- mastery and is a big factor in how you lead, reach goals, and fulfill your mission of launching and growing your business.
My Thursday Thanks may seem a bit odd, but I’m grateful when life happens and provides a greater awareness of my attitude. It often gives me a new set point for moving forward and shows me where I might need more growth.
How we react and move forward in decisions and actions has everything to do with mindset, positive or negative. When challenges bombard our lives and businesses, what shows up in that adversity is our attitude and character.
Positive emotions are not necessarily an innate part of our lives. It’s so much easier to get caught up in the excuses and dis-empowering thoughts and emotions that keep the mind chatter going and our work and lives distracted from our potential…especially if that was the operating method of our family or friends growing up. When life happens it takes effort, at least at first, to choose forgiveness over resentment, personal responsibility instead of excuses, and change versus comfort. But, mastering this area of our lives allows us to move forward, stay focused and reach our long term goals more joyfully.
I devote an entire segment of my events and coaching program, Dream Big Launch Bold, to self-mastery. It’s that important…especially for entrepreneurs. And mastering our thoughts and attitudes stands above the rest since it affects every other area of mastery.
The awareness and acknowledgment of knowing why and how we approach life is transforming. Our philosophy about life is integral to our ability to think big, take risks, adapt to change, and handle those moments when life happens that might leave some in fear, indecision, and overwhelm.
How do you choose to go through life? Do you know what you want out of life? Do you make things happen or allow them to happen to you? Are you even conscious that you have a choice or can create a plan? Are you grateful when life happens in a way that exposes attitudes or changes your course?
Feel free to share some of your thoughts, experiences, or how life challenges have helped you in your personal mastery by leaving a comment in the box below.