“If you don’t like something change it; If you can’t change it, change the way you think about it.”
We all go through difficulties in our lives. Sometimes our difficulties come from family problems, other times it’s our jobs, or perhaps something more serious, such as an unexpected illness. Through the years I can tell you that I have experienced many difficulties, some more intense than others. I am sure many of you have too. So, it got me thinking about myself and others and how very differently we view life.
How we look at situations makes ALL the difference.
When looking at a glass with water inside, how do you perceive it? Do you perceive the glass with enough water or do you see it almost empty? Much of life is just like this too. When you’re faced with a trial, do you roll over in fetal position thinking you will never come out of this or after having a big cry, do you dust yourself off and get back up?
I believe over time how we handle each situation becomes a habit on how we handle all other situations thereafter. We have control as to whether we are an optimist or pessimist. Here are 7 ways we can learn to see the glass half full and hopefully, with much practice, allow it to become a habit on how we view everything else.
- Stop allowing your negative thoughts to control you.
Focus on positive, good and pure thoughts. Keep yourself busy with things that will distract you from your own problem. Help someone in need, go out for a long walk, or talk to a good “positive” friend. Which brings me to point no. 2.
- Surround yourself with positive people.
During this time, you certainly don’t need anyone saying how terrible this is, or why did this have to happen, etc. Make sure you spend your time with people who encourage you and help you see the positive in between the hard areas.
- Listen to uplifting music.
Crank your radio up! Whether it is Christian music, or your favorite genre it doesn’t matter. Music fills your soul and will improve your mood instantly.
- Look and pay attention to the signs God puts in your path.
While you go about your day, be aware of the signs God places in your way. He speaks to us at every moment, if we remain open we will see it.
- Detach from outcomes.
Trust that when things don’t work out quite the way we hoped for, that just means something better is on its way. God will never take something away without replacing it with something better.
- Live one day at a time.
Don’t live in your past or the future because it will only cause you pain. Learn to live for today only and when your mind goes any further than today, reel it back.
- Surrender your situation and leave the rest to God.
Let it go! The truth is we have zero control over anything in our lives. When you know with certainty you have done your personal best to help your situation, that is all you can do! Surrender the rest and wait patiently on God.
In closing, remember that there is always something positive in all situations. All we have to do is look for it.