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Chapter 18

Change Your View, Change Your Life

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Today's Empowering Quote
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"Should one look through a red glass at a while lily, he would seem to see a red lily. But there would be no red lily.  So it is with humanity's problems.  They consist of false mental pictures."
--M.D. Garbrick

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Today's Empowering Question
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"Is this problem a problem, or am I looking at it the wrong way?  Is it something better?"

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Today's Fast Session
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Ya know, it's all in how you look at it.

How many people out there are sick of hearing that?

Are you usually the one saying it to people?

Most all "problems" you experience lie in how you look at things.  It makes the difference in everything you do.

Everything.

You know, when I was growing up and even well into adulthood, I was rarely happy about anything for long.  It would never last.  I always wished I were with a different group of people...never felt like I said the right things.  I always just wanted to be where I was on the way to.  The trip was always dreaded.  I wanted to be someone else.

I never felt good enough.

Did you notice that, of all those things I just mentioned, none of them were "real?" They were all in my head.  Just emotions...

Just emotions?  Only thoughts?

Could it be thoughts are real?

Oh, they're as real as the chair you are sitting in now!  I didn't understand that myself for so long.

And most people go to their graves NEVER being able to control what they think about and how.

But once I became educated to the power of thoughts, absolutely everything in my life changed.  My problems weren't problems anymore. They became challenges.  I had heard all that before, as I'm sure you have.  But when it finally sunk in and I saw for myself how our thoughts can make us and break us, I was never the same.

So everything I did, I did better.

I hope you don't have to go through what I did before you finally "get it."  But the day you do, and I want THIS day to be a turning point for you... the day you do, the big weight on your back will shrink to the size of a pea.

Proper perspective is highly underrated.

Here's something that you can do now, later today, tomorrow and for the rest of your days.

Whenever you think you have a "problem," look at it.

Is it a problem or just a challenge?  At those times (and "those times" can number in the hundreds each day) your goal must be to ask yourself this question: Isn't this just another challenge that I will most certainly meet?

Ask yourself that question constantly.  I say constantly because that's how fast challenges can come sometimes.  Isn't that right?

Like a hail storm.

"Yeah, but you don't understand. This person in my life, they're the problem!  My kids, they're the problem!  It's my landlord.  It's my boss.  I can't do anything about it! I can't help it!"

Bull!

And the only time you're going to be able to change even the most horrible situations, is if you say "Bull," too.  They are challenges.  That is what they are.

Just because you don't see it that way right now, doesn't change the fact that they are challenges. They are tests... tests for you to pass or fail.  If you pass, you get to grow.  If you fail, you get to feel depressed and have more of the same crap.

That's what life is.  And that truth, that fact, isn't to be despondent about.

It's to look at from all sides with a clear glass around it so you can see the truth.

There is nothing that can happen to you that is bigger than you. You can get through anything.

Look at Christopher Reeve, if you need some real perspective. The guy played Superman!  Now he can't move a single muscle in his body.  But he's authored two books and is giving other people hope that they can overcome their mostly smaller challenges than his.

(Note: This was originally written in 2003. On October 10, 2004, Christopher Reeve died due to complications of his paralysis.  To donate to The Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation, go to http://www.christopherreeve.org )

If you are to live a life of purpose... If you want to reach some truly amazing goals in life, you must view your roadblocks for what they are... stepping stones.  And the awareness that when you're starting to get upset about something, you need perspective - fast!

You don't have to be able to jump over them.  Crawl if you must, but get over them... and move on.  To expect life to be problem free and to put off happiness until it is, is crazy.

Trust me, I know.

Choose to be happy today.  Don't worry about tomorrow.  Prepare for it, but don't obsess.  Just get through today's challenges.

And smile.  Things aren't always going to go the way you want.  There most certainly will be periods where nothing seems to go right.

Accept that as a given.

So when the events don't unfold as you want them to, you'll be able to think clearly and quickly decide what you should do next without wasting precious seconds mourning...  Because your next decision could be the very one that takes your "challenge" and turns it into victory.

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Today's Winning Beliefs
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-- I see today's problems as challenges
-- I see roadblocks as stepping-stones
-- My challenges help me grow and learn
-- I appreciate my challenges for their value to me
-- I dissolve all problems from my life

 

 

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