(Health Secrets) One of the most important life lessons I’ve learned since beginning this journey of finding the joy in my life is I’m responsible for everything that is showing up in my life. When I take responsibility, I shift from a victim mentality where things just happen to me, to an empowered position of making choices by being deliberate. I realize that everything comes to me in response to the focus of my thoughts and how those thoughts feel. Interesting perspective no doubt!
Your beliefs, thoughts, and feelings all lead to the manifestation of your life experience. Think about it for a minute; you are probably all too familiar with the sayings like “misery loves company”, “positivity is contagious”, and Murphy’s Laws for example. We can all come up with examples of how people who are unhappy attract more unhappiness, how lucky people attract more good fortune, and how positive people attract passionate, well-adjusted people and circumstances in their lives.
So if thoughts become things, you must acknowledge who is in control of your thoughts. Yep, that’s right! You are!! Once you understand this, you are in a position of empowerment. And, from a position of empowerment you can change.
One of the most important and eye-opening things I’ve ever learned was gleaned from a speech I listen to on audio by Jack Canfield titled The Law of Abundance: E+R=O (Event + Response = Outcome). In this equation the event is fixed because you have no control over the event. However, the RESPONSE is what matters! The power is in the response as it determines the outcome. Think about that for a minute; the power is in your response. Yet how many of us have encountered a situation that after we evaluated our response – we began to point to or blame the event for causing us to responds a particular way?
I am challenging you to change your response in order to get a different outcome that is more desirable to you. So, when something doesn’t turn out the way you had hoped, you can ask yourself what YOU could have done differently to get another more favorable outcome. Once you take responsibility for your response, you will respond differently!
In every given moment, you can choose how you will respond. Make a choice to examine and question how you are responding. Dig down to try and determine why are you responding the way you are. Think about what the thoughts and beliefs behind the response really are. Tune in and try to determine what is driving your response. Then deal with the emotions, thoughts, and beliefs that are coming up for you. And, most importantly decide the outcome you’d like and change the response accordingly.
Many times we allow circumstances, people, or situations to control us, to determine whether we are going to have a good day or a bad day, or even how successful we perceive ourselves to be. When you recognize you have the power to choose your thoughts and how you respond, you can continue to be empowered regardless of what is happening in your life. Knowing you have the choice and the power is positioning yourself for success and happiness!
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