You Are In Charge
Today’s inspiration is a double header
“We cannot change our past. We can not change the fact that people act in a certain way. We can not change the inevitable.
“The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude. I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it.
“And so it is with you… we are in charge of our attitudes.”
– Charles Swindoll
author, educator, and radio preacher
“A man will be imprisoned in a room with a door that is unlocked and opens inwards as long as it does not occur to him to pull rather than push.”
– Ludwig Wittgenstein
philosopher who taught at the University of Cambridge
So Now What?
I like these two quotes together because they ask a simple question:
What if it really was that easy?
What if you really could turn your life around just by pulling rather than pushing? OK, that’s a rather weak way of describing how to fix life’s problems but what if instead of resisting whatever it is that’s going on you use the most powerful tool in your toolbox to deal with it – your way of thinking and feeling about yourself and the world, your attitude.
What if instead of pushing against the past or your situation in the present you use your energy to create an inner state of happiness and peace? Change your inner world and let your outer world conform to the new You.
Will that take some practice, energy, awareness and some new skills on your part? Yes it will. But what if it works? How would your life be different if you could not just survive through life but use the circumstances, situations and challenges in your life to transform and thrive?
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. It’s your life, it’s your responsibility.
Start looking for the tools you will need to create this transformation. Books, workshops, get a coach, start a mastermind group. Whatever it takes.