I kept fighting to see the light, but all I could see was darkness...
How I got through the past few months, isn’t a matter of luck it’s a matter of hope, courage and hard work.
My home was becoming a mess, my work was suffering, I was becoming a mess; my mind and body were suffering. Somehow I managed to get myself to show up for work, to go through the motions but other than that, I was sleeping life away. It was getting more and more difficult to want to do anything: I didn't feel like eating, exercising, socializing, or working. Everything and anything seemed like a monstrous ordeal.
My former behavioral therapist told me that one day I’d be really challenged, that I’d be thrown off course, and all my progress would be put to the test… I answered "that can’t happen because I don’t know how I’ll make it through". She assured me it would happen, and i would make it through.
Well, Tina, it’s seven years later and you were right.
I was starting to become hopeless again -
In everyday, there lies opportunity.
I end each day reflecting and begin each day with positive affirmations.
When I rise, I redirect my negative thoughts by turning them into more positive thoughts, feelings and actions!
When i rise, I tell myself it is going to be a great day!
I create my happiness by choosing my attitude and choosing my reactions to everything that happens throughout the day.
I used to loathe the idea of dragging myself to work at 5am on Monday morning until I changed my thinking. I changed how I approached the day, I now love 5am Monday morning.
I choose to look at the opportunities of each day from a different perspective. Instead of: waking up and immediately determining how long it is until I get to go back to sleep, dreading the idea of completing all the activities of the day ahead, starting my day with negative thoughts, I start by using positive words and actions.
I think about how I can use my job to make a difference in the lives of the people I encounter.
I get to make a difference on Monday morning,
I get to inspire, encourage and motivate my team.
I get to help others set their day up,
I get to help others prepare to unleash their potential that hour, that day, that week.
I choose to believe there are good intentions, I choose to trust, I choose to be hopeful.
I choose not to be part of gossip. It can be ugly out there, remember that those who speak negatively of someone or something can be toxic to your happiness. Don’t be part of the negativity, choose for yourself not based off of what someone else thinks or says. I remind myself often, that everyone has “issues,” things they are dealing with that may shake their confidence, cause insecurities and unnecessary thoughts, feelings or behaviors. Instead of getting upset with them, I choose to empathize and move on.
If you are feeling stuck,
Try approaching each day with the idea that each day is filled with opportunities:
to make a difference,
to inspire those around you to reach more of their potential,
to create happiness,
to create the best year of your life…
When you work hard each day at helping others, your are becoming the best version of you!
Tina was right, I am making it, I am forging my way, finding my way back to happy, balanced and hopeful. Make no mistake, it is not easy, but it is possible!