Think a little less about managing your problems and a little more about managing your mindset.
Mental strength is built through small, daily victories. It is the individual choices we make daily that build our "mental strength" muscles. We all want this kind of strength, but we can't wish it. If you want it, you have to do something about it.
It's time to embrace the fact that the happiness in your life depends on the quality of your daily decisions.
It's time to challenge yourself to change your way of responding to life …
- When a new day begins, challenge yourself to truly smile and be grateful.
- When you don't get what you want, challenge yourself to appreciate that there are plenty of people in this world who will never have what you have right now.
- When you hold on no longer seems reasonable, challenge yourself to appreciate the fact that nothing in life is permanent, and to realize that when you embrace this you can do almost anything you want because you are trying not to cling to anything longer.
- When you catch yourself thinking that the grass is greener elsewhere, challenge yourself to water the grass you are standing on.
- When you absolutely cannot control what is happening to you, challenge yourself to control how you respond to what is happening ̵
- When it seems that problems are piling up, challenge yourself to face these problems in a positive way.
- When there seems to be little hope, challenge yourself to find some.
- When the road ahead seems too rough, challenge yourself to acknowledge that there is nothing with your current circumstances that is hindering you from making progress, one small step at a time.
- When you catch yourself thinking about things, challenge yourself to take a step forward instead.
- When you are completely uncertain about what the future will challenge, challenge yourself to make the best and most positive use of the present.
- When you have two good choices, challenge yourself to go with the one that scares you the most, because it is the one that will help you grow.
- When you are going to do something – anything – challenge yourself to do it with enthusiasm and dedication.
- When others say that your ideas are crazy, challenge yourself to do what feels right anyway, not to care if your goals seem crazy to others and to remember that the crazy ideas are the ones that have the most impact.
- When there are many excuses for why you can't do it, challenge yourself to focus on all the reasons why you have to make it happen.
- When you find yourself wanting instant gratification, challenge yourself to acknowledge that if you could have everything directly, it would not be worth it – because the true value of achievement lies in accomplishing it.
- When mistakes are made, challenge yourself to learn from them, laugh about them and don't waste a minute on past results that you cannot control.
- When you find yourself trying to control too much and thus enjoy too little, challenge yourself to let go, relax, take a deep breath and appreciate "what is" for a while. (Read Loving What Is.)
- When there is unnecessary drama and negativity surrounding you, challenge yourself to look the other way.
- When your own negativity tries to break through, challenge yourself to remember that you have control over how you look at life and then use your struggles and frustrations to motivate yourself rather than annoy yourself.
- When you find yourself running around trying to fix and fight the old, challenge yourself to build and grow something new instead.
- When you do wrong things is easier, challenge yourself to do the right thing, even if no one else will ever know – because YOU will know.
- When you catch yourself praying for a simple life, challenge yourself to pray for the strength to endure a difficult life worth living.
- When everything seems cluttered and rushed, challenge yourself to take a step back so you can see things clearly again.
- When you meet someone new, challenge yourself to be patient with them, to pay attention to them, and to remember that everyone you meet has something important to learn.
- When you don't like someone, challenge yourself to identify an insecurity in yourself that they are triggering.
- When someone treats you badly, challenge yourself to treat them with kindness and respect anyway – not because they're nice, but because you are (and then go the other way if you have to).
- When a negative situation becomes emotional, take a deep breath and challenge yourself to remember that inner peace begins at the moment you decide not to let another person or event control your emotions.
- When someone you meet is lost, challenge yourself to help them find their way.
- When a friend falls down, challenge yourself to be the first to reach out.
- When each day is over, challenge yourself to appreciate that you have done your best. (Angel and I discuss this in more detail in the chapter "Self-love" in the NEW edition of 1,000 Little Things That Happy, Successful People Do Different.)
Your turn …
Will you embrace these challenges in the coming days?
Which is the most reasoning right now?
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