Everyone gets discouraged from time to time. It’s in these moments that our thoughts often run wild with negativity. We may feel trapped, mistreated, incapable of accomplishing our goals, or afraid. Often, we experience a mixture of many thoughts. In these moments of temporary despair, it’s important that we realize that life has seasons and rough patches don’t last forever. Practicing an attitude of gratitude and counting what’s right in life despite what’s wrong is often an effective antidote.
I generally start my workshops and seminars by asking a fundamental question: What attitude did you bring into this meeting? Often, this brings puzzled looks. In fact, people generally don’t have a advanced level of attitude awareness. They’ll know if they’re hungry or if their feet hurt, but they often don’t have a good handle on their attitude. That is a mistake because attitude is everything. It governs the way you perceive the entire world and what sort of world perceives you. We all have a choice. We could choose an internal dialogue of self-encouragement and self-motivation, or we are able to select one of self-defeat and self-pity. It is a power we all have. Each people encounters hard times, hurt feelings, heartache, and physical and emotional pain. The important thing is to realize it’s not what the results to you that matters are; it’s how you choose to respond.
Your Attitude Determines your Altitude
Believe it or not, your attitude determines how well you will ride the waves of a rough spot in life. If you can muster enough inner calm to realize that your emotions are not necessarily a reality and that they will pass, this is often the first step towards putting yourself in a position to be uplifted. How we manage our valleys determines how far up the mountain we will be able to climb. In the face of a rough patch try to have the best attitude you can.
Give Thanks in the Moment
As bad as things may seem, there are always things to be thankful for. Focus on the things that are good in your life. It will help get you through those hard days and keep you grounded in the reality that positive things are still happening for you. This simple truth is a healthy way of managing the difficult times in your life because it reminds you that more good is happening than bad.
Last but not least, relax as much as possible. Try slowing down and taking it easy. You have to love yourself through the valleys as well as the hills and mountains. Cut yourself a break by relaxing and taking it easy. If you fail to take care of yourself during the difficult seasons of your life you could wind up in a 24 hour emergency clinic cypress because self-neglect can lead to both mental and physical health issues.
Rough times are hard on everyone but how you weather these times can set you up for either success or failure. Maintain a good attitude and be grateful for everything that is well in your life. You need to love yourself, even more, when you’re going through tough times. Learn to calm down and relax. You owe it to yourself.