October 11, 2015

How Attitude is a Game Changer, Part 2




Life is not a flat line of peace and comfort. In fact, in medical terms, if a person “flatlines”, it means their heart and/or brain has stopped functioning. The person is considered clinically dead. Nothing registers on the monitor.


The secondary definitions of “flatline”, according to Merriam-Webster online, are “to be in a state of no progress or advancement”, and “to come to an end.”

Who wants to be dead, or flatlined in a state of monotony? Nobody.

That’s okay; because the reality is that none of us are guaranteed a life of uninterrupted bliss and peace. We must all learn to deal with inevitable mountains and valleys. In truth, trials are the only way we are pushed to change and improve. They are the prime method to uncover our hidden strength—to remain alive and vital.

It’s all about attitude, whether we’re in the mountains, or the valleys, of life.

Examples of Stable People Despite the Odds

Jennifer—recently learned that her accountant made some mistakes that could, possibly, force her to declare bankruptcy. This is the only the latest setback in a lifetime of unbelievable challenges. This friend’s trials have made her into the most stable person I know.

Francis—lives in a small town where the main religion differs from hers. Most of the other residents have no desire to hear the truth about her misunderstood beliefs. For years, she has been subject to disrespect. She has made the conscious choice not to be offended.

Quotes about Attitudes
My last blog post referred to the excellent article, “25 Life-Altering Quotes on how Mindset Changes Everything” on Movemequotes.com. Today, I would like to feature, again, some quotes from this uplifting passage:

“Fairness is an illusion. Fairness never existed and never will. No one in life gets less or more than anyone else. We just get different stuff. That’s right. No one is dealt a bad or a good hand in life; we’re just dealt cards. It’s up to us to stay in the game and play. Sure, some cards look ‘better’, but they’re really not. If you look closely, you’ll see that anything you feel has been taken from you—or never given to you at all—was replaced with other amazing opportunities and gifts. It’s up to you to find them.”—Sean Stephenson, Get off Your “But”
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“The art of thinking is the greatest art of all, for ‘as a man thinketh in his heart, so is he.’ The thinker knows he is today where his thoughts have taken him and that he is building his future by the quality of the thoughts he thinks.”—Wilfred Peterson, The Art of Living
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“One of the finest beliefs I developed years ago that helped me to enjoy all of my life experience was the idea that there are no bad experiences, that no matter what I go through in life—whether it’s a challenging experience or a pleasurable one—every experience provides me something of value if I look for it.”—Anthony Robbins, Awaken the Giant Within
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“You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.”—Maya Angelou
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“Our mind is the foundation of all our actions, whether they are actions of body, speech, or mind, i.e., thinking. Whatever we think, say, or do arises from our mind. What our consciousness consumes becomes the substance of our life, so we have to be very careful which nutrients we ingest.”—Thich Nhat Hanh, Savor
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“There is really no reason to suffer. The only reason you suffer is because you choose to suffer. If you look at your life you will find many excuses to suffer, but a good reason to suffer you will not find. The same is true for happiness. The only reason you are happy is because you choose to be happy. Happiness is a choice, and so is suffering.”—Don Miguel Ruiz, The Four Agreements
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“True happiness comes not when we get rid of all of our problems, but when we change our relationship to them, when we see our problems as a potential source of awakening, opportunities to practice, and to learn.”—Richard Carlson, Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff

The Bible


My Conclusion

Life is rarely fair. Some of us are dealt hands that may seem to limit us severely. However, we always have the choice to see our trials as opportunities for being catapulted to new, unforeseen, levels--or despondency.

Please see more about rising to new levels in my book: Accept No Trash Talk: Overcoming the Odds.


How do you survive the hills and valleys?