I want to start things off by asking you a simple, but thought provoking question: Are you living up to your potential?
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“When your actions match what you think and say you’re going to do, then you’ll be happy.”
I came across a quote of similar nature to this the other day and it has stuck with me like glue. It just makes so much sense.
Do you spring out of bed in the morning, enthused and excited for the day ahead and ready to tackle what ever life throws at you? Do you maintain this enthusiasm throughout the day? Is your mind clear and your body able to overcome any challenges that come your way?
If this is you I would bet my house that you have a good baseline of physical fitness and your overall health is in order. How can I be so confident you ask?
Growing up there have been periods of my life where I have been active, eaten well and had positive relationships. There have also been times when I have been inactive, eaten poorly, messed around with alcohol (and drugs) which in turn lead to me having poorly functioning relationships.
Comparing one period to the other and looking at both how I felt mentally and physically during those times confirmed the idea that living an active and healthy lifestyle brought me more happiness and made me feel better overall. It just makes sense. Not to mention the fact that I was more productive, had more energy to tackle daily activities, had more (and better) friends and enjoyed life more.
When your diet is on point your body has the nutrients it requires to produce energy, balance hormones, repair itself, sustain cognitive function and survive. When it’s not all of these factors (and more) are negatively effected.
When you are active your body is continually adapting to whatever it is you’re doing to ensure that you can do it better next time. Once you become fitter, faster and stronger all the little things in your life become easier. Walking up the stairs, moving house, doing the gardening or running away from your nagging spouse (just kidding!!) become a walk in the park.
My point is that if you wish to be more productive, more energetic, improve your ability to deal with stress, sleep better, have better relationships and be the happiest you can be, you HAVE to look after the health of your body and your mind.
It is time we all woke up and started to evolve and change our thinking so that we can improve our lives from the inside out. Evolve to focus on being the best version of ourselves that we can be so that we can have a positive impact on the world around us.
I’m not saying you can’t get by without caring about your health or fitness but I will ask you this:
Are you okay with just getting by?
“When you can’t change the situation, change your reaction to the situation.”
Personally this is one of my most favourite and influential quotes. Every single day we are faced with situations that we may not like. This is going to happen to everyone, everyday. Period.
So if we can’t stop bad things happening to us, how can we ever expect to be happy? The answer lies completely in the fact that we have the power to choose how we react to these unfavourable situations and events.
Take this example: Picture yourself driving down the road. You’re running late to an important meeting in town and the traffic is horrible. You are literally crawling forward and the congestion doesn’t look like it’s going to reduce any time soon. How do you react? You can cuss, curse and complain and allow yourself to become rattled, only to arrive to work in the same amount of time and off your game. OR you can choose to take a deep breathe, accept the fact that any form of anger won’t improve the situation, learn from the situation so that next time you leave a little earlier, get to work in the same amount of time, apologize and take responsibility for being late and continue your day in a positive frame of mind.
Which reaction to you think will bring you more happiness in the long run? By any means I am not saying that reacting favourably to negative situations is easy, but, like all habits it can be learned when conscious effort and practice is applied.
All we can do in life is make mistakes and learn from them so that we can minimize the mistakes we make in the future. If something goes wrong, accept it, learn from it and don’t make the same mistake again. By doing this you can learn to control your reactions when faced with adversity and act in a way that is both more productive and better for you overall.
The next time something goes wrong follow this three step process:
- Accept that it’s happened and that it’s not going to change.
- If you did something that could have been avoided, learn from it.
- Move on.
This process requires self awareness and deliberate internal thought in order to realize that when faced with a negative situation it is a) out of your control and b) knowing that you have complete control over how you react to it.
The simple realization of the fact that many things in life are out of our control, yet our reactions are under our control has had a profound impact on my life. Is this something that you can apply to bring more happiness to your life?
Remember, when you can’t control the situation, control your reaction to it.