The struggles in life I face that bring me to success.
How much difference can I create in my life with a subtle little shift in perception? Sometimes the difference between a happy life, successful outcome and a dismal failure is only a slight shift in perception. How I represent things to my selves determines how I will respond to any given situation. In turn, my response will help determine the outcome. When life hands me a challenge how do I feel about it? What is my initial internal response on an emotional level? What is my external response as seen through my body language and verbal expressions? Why does it even matter? How I respond to any situation reveals a lot about my attitude and perception. So, when I see challenges as opportunities, what does that reveal about my personal vantage point? Likely it means that I have a healthy degree of optimism, self-confidence and openness, along with an adventurous spirit. It would indicate that I enjoy life and look forward to whatever comes next. On the other hand, what does it say about me in relationship when I greet a new challenge with feelings like: “Oh no, I don’t know how much more of this I can take.” Well obviously, this would indicate that I am running low on resources. It might also reveal a pessimistic, closed, and somewhat fearful perception of the world around me. This type of limiting attitude can only attract more of the same. Fear and negativity cannot possibly create a life of joy and prosperity. The surprising thing is that there is often only a small degree of difference between a positive, optimistic perception, and a negative, pessimistic one. Even though these two attitudes are polar opposites, they both started with the same challenge.
My immediate response to any situation sets up a corresponding chain of neurological events. If I can control my immediate response, I can change the outcome of those events. Allow me to illustrate. When I set...
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