“If you don’t like something change it; if you can’t change it, change the way you think about it.” Mary Engelbreit
This month I’m challenging all of us to approach change with a different perspective and attitude. It’s not easy to do anything different, let alone change our attitude or belief towards something. But our attitude, our thoughts, our beliefs, make up a big portion of how we act and react in the world. It’s one of the reasons that teachings like “Think and Grow Rich” by Napoleon Hill and “The Secret” have taken off: there is great validity to what they speak on.
Is it easier to change things? Sometimes, yes. Sometimes it’s easier to move to a new location, job or relationship then change what really needs changing. The challenge in today’s quote is that sometimes the changing of things isn’t possible. And when we can’t change things we have two choices: accept the situation and be miserable, or change our attitude and thoughts towards the situation. This doesn’t mean you have to approve of it or encourage it, but your change of attitude will help you keep going until the time arises that you can change the situation itself or remove yourself from it.
Not being able to change your situation is tough. It’s frustrating to feel or be powerless to deal with what you’re facing. By choosing to change how you think about the situation you’re taking back the power the situation has tried to steal from you. No one else has the power or ability to control your thoughts, only you. Yes, others can try to brainwash you or poison your mind, but no one can truly take away your power of thought. What situation can you change today or take a new attitude towards?