It isn’t your circumstance that makes you happy or sad. It is your interpretation of your circumstance that affects your mood.
I have spoken for years on having a good attitude and the benefits of that attitude. I have used the example of a time when I had a flat tire on my vehicle. I was in a hurry and really didn’t need this kind of delay. In fact, it was a real inconvenience to be delayed by a flat. As I got out of my car and stomped toward the truck, sounding a little like Yosemite Sam, the cartoon character, I stopped myself. I looked straight forward at nothing and nobody in particular and said, “I can be upset with a flat tire or I can be happy with a flat tire. Either way, I have a flat tire.” That moment in time has always stuck with me. It was one of the first times that I realized that I really was in control of my happiness.
Regardless of the circumstances that you are in, and I am sure that some of them are pretty bad, you can choose to be happy. Are you broke? Well, you can be happy and broke or mad and broke, but either way you are broke. Are you unemployed or underemployed? Well, you can be happy and unemployed/underemployed or you can be sad in the same circumstance. Either way, you are in the circumstance.
What situation can you re-label today? Can you look at your situation and determine that it is an opportunity to move up instead of cause to be down? Of course you can! You are going to have a great day because you know that you are in control of your choice to be happy regardless of your circumstance! Your challenge for the day is to turn a negative interpretation about a circumstance around and see the positive.
Now, go out and share this information with your friends. I would also love it if you would leave me a comment about what you turned around today.
To Your Success!
Jody N Holland
Jody is a writer, motivational speaker, consultant, and entrepreneur. He has been the keynote speaker at over 250 events around the world. Jody speaks more than 150 times per year at different programs, and he has given more than 10,000 speeches during his career.