Video featuring author Jeffrey Gitomer talking with Steve Rizzo about his book GET YOUR SHIFT TOGETHER
Ralph Waldo Emerson was spot on when he said, To different minds, the same world is a hell or heaven. Its a matter of perspective: an event can be experienced and interpreted in different ways by different people. There are those who view little mishaps as a major catastrophe, while others find the humor in them. Some people would have their day ruined if their car didnt start, if they were stuck in traffic, or if they had to wait on line at Starbucks for their Triple shot, Skinny, Mocha, Carmel, Blah, Blah, Blah, Latte!
We have created a mindset in our society where everyone wants what they want when they want it. And if we dont get what we want when we want it, we feel ripped off. To make matters worse, we intensify our problems by continuously rehashing our woe-is-me story to the entire world.
That’s not to say that youre wrong to get upset when your car doesnt start and youre late for work. Thats natural, of course, but youre doing yourself a grave disservice by dwelling on that one instance all day. If youre not vigilant, one bad mood can snowball out of control and ruin what could otherwise be an enjoyable and productive day. Whatever it is that has the potential to keep you from enjoying the day, understand that its not the situation itself that is causing you to be unhappy. Its your thoughts and how you allow them to control you. Its what you choose to focus on that fuels your emotions and defines your reality.
Too many of us relinquish control of our lives and accept our circumstances for what they might seem to be. We dont know we have a choice, the tools, the power, or the know-how to confront our feats and challenges head-on. Guess what? You can adjust your attitude and make a conscious choice to enjoy yourself during the process of whatever you are trying to achieve. Making happiness a choice is what its all about no matter what your personal or professional circumstances. You can adjust your attitude and elevate your degree of overall happiness by choosing to shift your present mindset. When you fully appreciate that the mood you are at this moment affects how you will deal with whats coming next, you will want to make the choices that will help you to feel betternot worse. That, my friends, is a major key to living a successful, happy life.
Focus on hope, gratitude, and seeing the good during adverse times and you will discover a brighter day regardless of your situation. Remember: When shift happens, your life changes. This year, get your SHIFT together! As always, the choice is yours.