GOOD MORNING MONDAY – AFFIRMATIVE THOUGHTS FOR A GREAT WEEK
Good Morning. It is Monday again.How was your weekend? I hope you took some time to “nourish your spirit” in whatever way spoke to you. What you need is not the same as anyone else. You are “one of a kind”. You are unique. You are responsible for moving YOU forward. You are creating your story minute my minute, day by day. Remember; life is a work of art and each day you are painting on your canvas. Create a masterpiece; and know that YOU are the hero of your own story😊! Be FANTASTIC!!
Today, let’s talk about Change. To most, this can feel like a “four letter word”. Why do so many of us think about it in this way? Well, change can create fear, uncertainty and doubt within. Yet, I know that most of you have heard, “change is the only constant in life” but, that doesn’t make it easier, does it?! So, what can you do to embrace changes that occur to you in your life? This is important, because doing so is essential for your growth and helping you to be better today than you were yesterday. Contemplate this quote from Winston Churchill:
“A pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees opportunity in any difficulty.”
Viewing change as an opportunity, a chance to evolve and grow, can help lessen the fear and refocus your brain on possibilities and solutions versus only “bad”, “negativity”, and the “saber tooth tiger jumping out to eat you from behind the brush”.Seeing any change that you are encountering as a situation that can provide you other opportunities is a first step to help you visualize solutions to your current life situation. Know that you can always learn something valuable out of difficulty, adversity and change. Therefore, it is imperative that you look at the situation with a broader field of view; an open mind, a fresh perspective.
Saturday, I was listening to a “70’s station” on the radio while I was running some errands. The song,Tin Man by America, started to play. For those of you who know the song, do you remember the line, “Well Oz never did give nothing to the Tin Man; that he didn’t; didn’t already have…?” Eureka; a lightbulb illuminated in my mind to share with you, about life and change.YOU have everything YOU need within you to get through anything that comes your way; whatever you are experiencing in your life.BELIEVE that you have all the raw materials you need to face whatever comes your way. I know you have heard this before, but you will never be given more than you can handle. So, believe in yourself; believe in your capability; believe in those who care about you that surround you each day; and dig down deep for the GRIT you need to move yourself forward. What you have within you will not only help you to survive; you will THRIVE!
Life is flowing, flexible and ever changing; therefore, you must also meet life in a flowing and flexible way. If you are rigid, set in your ways and choose not to accept change and adapt when changes come, you may SNAP.Be strong with a solid foundation like the oak tree, but also flexible and flowing like the willow tree. Clean the window of your mind and look at each life experience from a new vantage point and perspective. When changes arise in your life, it is normal to feel uncertain and off center. Your brain likes routine, and change is anything but routine. Learn to live with some uncertainty and you will have a better chance to conquer any fear and doubts that come. Below are some ideas that might help you when the winds of change blow your way:
Sit quietly: Take time to reflect. I have a book entitled, “Don’t just say something stand there.” In the same vein, when change comes, “Don’t just do something; sit there!” Give yourself some time, silence and self-reflection to determine your path forward. Allowing time for inactivity is the right preparation for a major blossoming!
Take care of yourself. This may seem like, “no duh”, but many times, stress can cause you to not continue to eat well, sleep well, exercise and reflect. Keep up with wellness routines in your life so that your physical, mental and spiritual health stay as constant as possible. Keeping up your “wellness routines” will help you stay sharp.
Seek out support and new perspectives. In order to see your situation with fresh eyes, seeking out others’ (positive family, friends and colleagues) and hearing their perspectives can provide you fresh insight that may help you see options to move forward.
Release the past with grace, leave your fear behind and embrace change. Believe that change can open new opportunities and doors. Remember; if nothing ever changed; there would be no butterflies. As Charles Darwin said, “It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.”
Have a GREAT day and a GREAT week.