Today I’m going to write about something less related to nutrition and working out, and more about mindset – one of THE most important aspects of overall wellness.
I got a new job this week. Not by my own choice, but by way of reorganization. It happens. Business priorities and strategies change, so resources have to be realigned. I can understand that.
Okay, so what do you do when everything that you did for 8 hours a day suddenly changes? When the person and teams you loved working with are suddenly taken from you? When you feel POWERLESS because you had no say in what was happening?
The natural first reaction is to pipe up about the injustice, and pipe up loud.
My reaction was to want to pipe up loud, but instead I piped up tactfully in the form of constructive feedback. After piping up tactfully, I understood that I can’t change my situation. But I CAN change my REACTION to the situation and my perspective. (“Let the emotions flow, then let them go.” – Way of the Peaceful Warrior, Dan Millman)
Susan Jeffers, in a great book (HIGHLY recommend it) entitled Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway, explains that while you may not be responsible for all your “experiences in life…you are the cause of all your experiences of life, meaning that you are the cause of your reactions to everything that happens around you.” THAT is true power.
So whether I let this totally bum me out and piss me off for weeks on end, or whether I assess the situation, understand that I can’t change it, and after allowing the emotions to flow, I let them go and immediately look for the good in the situation.
And it didn’t take me long to see that my new role might actually put me closer to my ultimate career goals. That it just might open opportunities to me that I didn’t have before. That while I enjoyed what I was doing, I was getting comfortable, and comfort is not necessarily a good thing – it means you’re probably not growing.
So, I’ve opened up to the idea that this might be a good thing – I can make it a good thing. And while people around me might be pissed off, or people might try to drag me down with them into the sea of cynicism and “bitching and moaning”, I choose the higher route, the more productive and positive route.
(It’s so much better in the sea of productivity and positivity, I can tell you that much.)
I’ll leave you with a quote by Napolean Hill, an American author, and an awesome speech given by Steve Jobs, the founder of Apple. Overall, Steve Jobs’ speech is one of the most amazing and inspiring messages I’ve ever heard, but the section that relates to the topic at hand is about “Connecting the Dots.”
“Every adversity or failure carries with it the seed of an equivalent or greater benefit.” (Napolean Hill)…How do you choose to experience YOUR life?
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