Are you in a place right now where you feel you need to make some quick, powerful and permanent life changes to turn your life around?
Have you had these same thoughts before and made some resolution to turn it around but soon found yourself at square one?
Very often what stops people is that they feel that change has to take time, or that it is difficult. Others feel afraid of change because of what it may bring so even though things are tough for them, they take on a “better the devil you know” kind of attitude.
To find the answers that you need so that you can effect quick change, it is helpful to recognize how you are currently evaluating your life and what you are focusing on.
Change can happen in an instant and there is never a better time than NOW to turn your life around and finally make the changes that you have been putting off!
Have you ever wondered what makes the difference in people’s lives?
Why is it that someone with every available resource, from a loving family, abundant finances, and a great education can wind up addicted and devastated?
Conversely, someone with extremely limited resources from a broken family, abused in every way with zero financial backing and no education, can go on to live a life of meaning and contribution at the highest levels.
If you know my story, you will know that for the last two decades, I have been deeply challenged to find the answer to the question, “what do ordinary people do differently that makes them exceptional?’
Our lives seem to have evolved where we live in the mindset that we are defined by our past. That whatever happened to us determines what lies ahead.
But I am here to remind you that it is not your past but rather your decisions that determine where you end up.
If you ever ask someone why they failed at something, they immediately blame a lack of resources for the failure. They say that they never had enough time, they never had enough money, and they didn’t have the support of family or friends.
But a lack of resources is seldom the problem! A lack of resourcefulness is!
And emotion is the ultimate resource! If you can get yourself into the right emotion, you can get yourself to do literally anything and completely turn your life around.
So how do you create the right emotion?
As I said earlier, a decision determines where you end up!
Every moment of every day, you are making 3 decisions either consciously or unconsciously that go on to determine your emotional resources.
The first decision you are making is: What are you going to focus on? Are you going to focus on your past, the present, or on the future?
Are you going to focus on what you have, or what is missing from your life? Are you going to focus on what you can control, or are you going to focus on what is out of your control?
The moment you focus on something, you give it meaning which is the second decision you are making. Does this situation mean that it is the beginning or the end for you? Are you being punished or are you being rewarded?
Whatever meaning you give to an event creates a corresponding emotion or resource.
And depending on what that emotion is will determine what you actually go on to do, the action that you take, which is the third decision you make to turn your life around.
It is what you do in the world that actually counts. And those actions or inactions are birthed by the emotions that precede them.
To become skilled in our ability to be resourceful, you need to pay attention to the momentary decisions that you are making every single day.
If you can do that, you can turn your life around and you will be on the path to a much greater future!
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Michael Rodd Life Transformation Coach, Umhlanga, KZN, South Africa
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