“I’m feeling good from my hat to my shoe
Know where I am going and I know what to do
I’ve tidied up my point of view
I’ve got a new attitude.”
Were you aware that you possess the one powerful tool which can change dramatically your life? You do, and it is right here at your fingertips waiting for you!
It’s your thoughts!
Once you understand how to take control of your thoughts, then your feelings and therefore your perspective can change.
Let’s take a very simple example. One day my running buddy and I were running the loop running trail at Memorial Park. There is a part of the 3-mile trail that is narrow and has lots of divots and drainage trenches in it. I don’t enjoy running on that portion because it isn’t smooth like the rest of the trail and it’s more narrow. If there are many people on the trail, it’s easy (for me) to step in a hole and get off balance. I mentioned this to her and she laughed and said, “It’s just like running trails.” She probably rolled her eyes at this point. I don’t blame her. I was making a big deal of something very simple.
This really made me think because she and I met on the running trails and we have logged many miles on this terrain. Why was I focused on a small part of the loop that was only slightly bumpy when I have run on much more uneven and even treacherous terrain?
It was my perspective! I was so focused on what was “wrong” with the trail that I totally didn’t even key into the fact that it was really nothing.
How many times do we do this in our daily lives? Think about how we might focus on what is wrong rather than what is right. What’s wrong with the freeways, what’s wrong with our homes, the way we look, and so on and on. The fact is that is we have a minor shift in how we look at something, we can change our thoughts about our surroundings and the people in it.
Take a mundane task for example. Rather than saying, “I hate doing the dishes. it’s so boring,” think about how you might be able to change your thoughts about it. An opportunity to practice mindfulness? An opportunity to practice calf exercises? Stand on a balance board? Pray? Think about all of the things that you are grateful for? There are dozens of different ways to change your perspective at this point.
Not only will you change your thoughts, but your feelings will also change and therefore your attitude will shift as well.
Your thoughts control your feelings. It’s simple, but not easy. It takes time and patience. It involves avoiding judgment of yourself and others. Being able to shift your perspective is absolutely life-changing. Why would you choose not to?
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