The mind has more power than you realise! Consider that your own thoughts are the result of how you feel right now. How you feel right now is not due to that external event/happening, it is due to your thoughts about that external event/happening.
Lets assume you have just received notice that your bank balance is overdrawn. Ok this is not good news but how you react to it will determine your mood. Now you can choose to be angry, hurt, fearful or sad, or all four but this wont change anything. Or you could choose to sit down and work out the best way to get through this. The first option makes you the victim, the second option puts you in control.
By deciding to accept what has happened, to then put a plan of action in place, will allow you to keep positive and focused on moving forward. So instead of reacting negatively, you are responding positively!
Think what expenses you can cut back on until payday. Maybe you could borrow some cash from family or a friend to balance your bank until payday. Consider your outgoing expenditure against your incoming and put a plan in place to not let this happen again.
No matter how bad a situation is, there is always a way out. The important thing is, not to let your mind run wild with thoughts such as “why is this happening to me?” This type of thinking makes you the victim.
Thoughts come before an emotion, so how you feel is down to your thoughts. You will have millions of thoughts per day, some will be necessary and practical, however some will result in taking you to a state of mind that can sabotage your life.
So the next time someone does or says something to upset, annoy or anger you, answer these three questions before you do anything.
1. Is this important?
2. Will this bother me next week?
3. Do I really care?
If you answer ‘no’ to all the above, then simply let it go. Taking it on board will achieve nothing, other than you being in a bad state of mind. Reacting will enable that person to see that they have power over you. You can’t control what anyone says or does, but you can control your mind and how you deal with everyday issues.
Instead of reacting, respond. So instead of shouting and arguing, dismiss it with grace. Instead of taking it on board, let it go.
Your mind is a powerful tool, use it to your advantage.
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