The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are healthy, your whole body will be full of light. (Matthew 6:22)
Have you ever had one of those days when you just cant seem to get “it” together? One of those times when you forgot to make an important phone call or you drop off the kids late for school because you forgot to set the alarm? Or what about the times when it wasn’t a matter of forgetting, you just didn’t have enough strength or energy to get through your everyday routine? We’ve all been there. And life will prove that not only have days like this happened before, but they’ll surely happen again. The goal isn’t to try to avoid having days like this, but to handle them in a way that we win.
Either you run the day, or the day runs you. ~Jim Rohn
What I am going to share with you today is how to face those days head on so you are not completely overwhelmed by your situation when things don’t work out the way you plan. These 5 things to watch out for will help you can face each day with confidence, focus and energy.
To stay on your game, keep a close eye on these 5 things:
- Watch where your mind goes when you’re stressed.
- Watch who you’re out hanging with
- Watch what you say about yourself and others
- Watch what you’re eating
- Watch how you let others talk to you
Let’s look at the first thing: Watch where your mind goes when you’re stressed.
The first thing we tend to do when we’re not having a good day is stress. Our bodies naturally want to fight the feeling of overwhelm, regret, guilt and other negativity we feel when things are not working out.
When this happens, one thing to pay attention to is where your mind or your thoughts go when you get stressed. Often it’s to a negative place, right? Well the good news is, we can change our thinking. It’s kind of like wearing clothes. If you don’t like the way your outfit looks, change it. When those bad, negative or stressful thoughts show up to ruin your day, you can stop them and replace them with positive thoughts.
The easiest way to do this is by simply replacing the negative feeling or expression with the opposite or reversing the thought with a more positive one.
For example, if you start thinking: “I don’t know why I didn’t make that call, now I’m going to have to wait another 3 weeks to get that appointment.”
Replace that thought with: “I know I should have made that call. Now that I missed it, I’ll see if I can somehow get an appointment. Maybe they have a cancellation or they’ll show me some grace.”
The idea is not to avoid your feelings, but rather don’t let them overwhelm you by going down the “woe is me” path. I’m telling you, it’s hard to recover from that!
Speaking of recovery – that’s exactly what you do when you stop your thoughts from wandering. You recover your very confidence, focus and energy
Whether it’s a mistake you’ve made or a plan you wish you had acted on, you can recover from it. Take some time today to watch where you mind goes when you face a stressful or difficult situation and learn to redirect your thoughts. This one thing can make a major difference in your life.
Next week’s focus: Watch Who You’re Hanging With. Yes, we’re going there!
What about you? Have you had times when your thoughts got the best of you? How did you handle it? Share your story. We’re here to support and encourage each other on our path to being our whole and complete selves.