June 12, 2011
"Never look down to test the ground before taking your next step; only he who keeps his eye fixed on the horizon will find the right road." Dag Hammarskjöld
It's one of those days. You don't have a whole lot going. You don't have a whole lot working. Your get-up-and-go has pretty much got up and gone. You don't know why, but you just don't seem to have it. But you keep grinding. You keep pushing. You gut it out, you tough it out. You get through the day. And get the job done.
Then there are better days. Days when things are clicking. Days when things are hopping, things are popping; days when everything seems to be going your way. You're rockin,' you're rollin,' you've got energy to burn. You breeze through the day - and get the job done.
"When we become fixed in our perceptions we lose our ability to fly." Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche
Given a choice, I'm sure you would choose having things working for you rather than against you. After all, life is a whole lot easier, a whole lot happier, and a whole lot less stressful when you've got the wind at your back, when you've got momentum on your side. When things are going your way, life becomes a lot less complicated and a lot more fun.
Unfortunately, life doesn't always deal you the best hand.
Sometimes problems pile up. Sometimes your path is littered with obstacles and potholes. Sometimes life is filled with things you wish you didn't have to deal with. And while you wish things were better, wish your problems would just go away, you have to take charge. You realize that the only way to make these not-so-great days better is to make things better. You've got to work your way through the mess.
"Everybody talks about wanting to change things and help and fix, but ultimately all you can do is fix yourself." Rob Reiner
When you are up to your eyeballs in problems and pressure, it can be ultra-difficult to see a way out, a way up, a way through your present predicament. Immersed in a mountain of negative stuff, you get flustered. You become frustrated. You start shutting down.
These are warning signs that you need to step aside for a moment and take a good look at what's going wrong in your life - and why. You need to look for a way to turn things around.
You need to tune out the noise. Turn away from the distractions. Turn your attention to what you want to accomplish. And assess the mess.
"Keep the problems on the outside and you'll discover the answers on the inside." Greg Hickman
Zero in on what needs to be done; the specific things you need to do in order to get things moving in a positive direction. You need to do positive things. You need to think positive thoughts. And toss everything else in the trash.
That's right; get rid of the negative clutter all around you. Not some of it, not most of it; but get rid of every bit of the negative gunk holding you down or holding you back.
With the bad out of the way, you can get busy fixing what needs fixing. Get busy doing what needs doing. Get busy making your life the exciting adventure it deserves to be. By keeping yourself right on the inside, you can make things right on the outside as well.
When things start going wrong, hit the refresh button. When negative feelings start rolling in, hit the refresh button. When things start unraveling or going off track, hit that refresh button. Stay positive. Stay focused. Stay upbeat and optimistic. Find the power you hold within.
And get back on track.
Power Pointer: Fix what's wrong. And you'll keep things right.
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