If you have ever watched the movie Forrest Gump – then you certainly can see the point of this article. Regardless of how many obstacles Forrest Gump faced in his life (which were many), he was able to make the best of every situation, never focusing on the negative and eventually, always seeming to get the very best outcome possible. It wasn’t that Forrest was a ‘lucky man,’ or had everything that he could ever need or want in life at his disposal. In fact, what made the character Forrest Gump able to capitalize on the good things in his life was his positive attitude and sense of responsibility to himself.
For so many people, life is drudgery. Every single day has become a routine that brings with it an attitude of despair or depression. Today, people complain a lot about everything from the lack of money in their wallets to their overall health. Yet these same people complaining about not having enough money to take a fancy vacation are blowing their dough on twelve packs of beer and high interest credit cards. Those complaining about their health or how tired they are all the time, are eating crap foods from fast food restaurants, and spending their days sedentary. The bottom line is that life is what you make it and the quality of your life is largely affected by your attitude and willingness to take responsibility.
In a society where literally, anything is possible and nearly any dream is able to take flight with effort and perseverance – far too many of us are willing to give up. Rather than use our complaints and laundry list of grievances with our life to steer us in the direction of happiness, we use them as a crutch which keeps us stagnant. Complaining, whining or even brewing over the things in your life that you might be unhappy about is a complete and utter waste of time. And the only way to break free from the mold of a mediocre life is to take charge of your life and decide that you are going to make things better for yourself. Right now.
It is extremely easy to sit around and think about how much your life sucks. It is simple to find things to complain about. And the more you complain and the more depressed you feel about your life the easier it is to get stuck in the right. Truth is that no one is asking you to be a martyr and no one is holding a gun to your head forcing you to live in misery and lack. The only person that gets to decide the quality of your life is YOU! If you want to believe that your life is a series of unfortunate events and that things will never get better – chances are that is exactly what life will hold for you. If you want to hold on to the schools of thought that make you believe you will never get ahead in life, you will never move forward from the spot you are in right now.
On the other hand, however, if you can make a decision that mediocre is not good enough for you and that instead of utilizing your energy and talents to complain and wallow in self-pity, you will take proactive measures to make change in your life – YOU can recreate your life. And the best part is that it is easier than you think.
The first step is to realize that your thoughts become a reality. If you think something enough, eventually it will come true. The mind is an extremely powerful magnetic pull that will literally draw to you the things that you talk about and think about. If you are always thinking about negative things, and constantly complaining then your mind will be working hard to bring experiences to your life that match your thoughts. In order to break free from a life not well lived – you MUST start listening to the rhetoric in your mind. When you feel, hear, or perceive a negative self-limiting thought entering your brain, you have to fight it off and change it in to something positive.
Don’t Allow Yourself To Have Negative Thoughts
Listen to each and every thought. When you hear the nagging negative ones, find a way to turn them into something positive. RIGHT AWAY. For instance, if you want to have a successful blog, rather than sit back in indecision and complain about how you don’t know how to get started, fire up the computer and start doing some research on the matter. This way your time and energy complaining will be spent more wisely. When you start feeling depressed because you have gained a lot of weight over the past few years, get your butt off the couch and go outside and take a walk. No matter what negative thoughts or feelings you have about your life, there is an antonym of positive thought that you can use to counter act the effects of negativity and spring yourself into action.
It is important to remember that no one in this world has ever accomplished anything by sitting around and indulging in a ‘my life sucks’ party. In fact, some of the most successful and happiest people in this world have been driven to success by their own obstacles. Keep in mind that obstacles are only ‘perceived’ and can be altered whenever you decide to let them go. Most people are afraid to think positive or to ‘take the bull by the horns’ because they are afraid of failure. Yet, the truth is that there is a good chance you won’t fail. This seems to say that the most important thing is to get out of the mental rut that takes away your power to be truly happy and successful.
Life is what you make it. If you want to believe your life sucks, then the bottom line is that it does. And it will. If you want to believe that you will never accomplish your goals – you won’t. But if you can dare to dream, and dare to take a risk on being happy and successful, you will find that the things you want will somehow appear.
YOU are in control of your life. Take control and make things happen for yourself so that you can truly and honestly live to your potential.