Are You Struggling?
We are our worst enemy. Everything we do in life is based on our ability to keep our heads above water. This applies to all matters of life. Anything in life can cause a struggle if we let it. This is why we are our own worst enemy because most do. These are just a few examples of things that cause us to struggle.
We are already into March of 2019. Where is the time going? The passing of time causes a struggle. Time is a difficult thing to keep up with. If you lead a busy or hectic life, that makes it more challenging. Think about those four reasons. What do you think they have in common? ......... Good answer. Yes, things that we often times can't control. Controlling something is a physiological nightmare because the human condition is such that when we feel we do not have control of something, we tend to not pay attention to it. It gets out of hand, and now the struggle begins. Keep this thought in mind.
Every problem has a solution. We may not like the solution, but there is one.
With that being said, we should stop putting off issues and deal with them. Let's see how that works.
FINANCES: Most people do not suffer from the problem of having too much money. Therefore, what many do is ignore the problem and keep spending. Oh yes, use that credit card. When the bills are due, you are robbing from Peter to pay Paul. Who doesn't? With my advertising budget, I am moving money around all the time. It's a fact of life. The key is to budget it properly. I know, you have heard that countless times. You may have even done it once or twice to get back on track. The question is, did you stay there? I'll bet the answer to that is a HUGE NO. When it comes to finances, everyone has to learn and MAINTAIN a budget. When you can't spend it, DON'T. These are learned behaviors. Any learned behavior can be changed. Did you know that the data shows that to change a learned behavior to a new one takes on an average of two months? The moral is, you must stick to it to get rid of that struggle.
HEALTH: This is huge. The reality is, the human body is a degenerative machine. It does not get better with age. Eating healthy, and living healthy we hope will extend the degenerative process. However, what do we all do? We know what is good and bad for us, yet, we do bad things. Eat that extra dish of pasta, have another piece of pie, or anything else you know you shouldn't have. Again, a learned behavior. One you can change. The biggest area of concern for your health is that you cannot control your gene pool. For example, if you have a history of diabetes or high blood pressure in your family, no matter what you do, your risk factors are much higher than someone who has no family history. This is the one factor you cannot control. You can reduce the risk by eating healthier, watching your weight, and other things. The next question is, do you do that? I'm guessing probably not. At least until your doctor scares the crap out of you. Again, some aspects that you can control and do not.
Relationships: This is a very tricky topic because much of how you handle this is innate behavior. It is part of your gene pool. Yes, you can change innate behavior. However, it is difficult because these behavioral traits are hard-wired to you since birth. Also, there are many other contributing factors.
1. Your state of mind
2. Your willingness to see and not ignore the problem
3. Emotions ..... God help us.
Just to name a few. Can you fix it? YOU CAN FIX ANYTHING if you want to, but it requires desire and dedication, and at times, getting some outside help.
Work: Oh yes, that place we spend a great deal of time at dealing with co-workers, the boss, backstabbers, those who gossip, and those that are just miserable to be there. Did you know that less than 25% of the workforce actually like what they do, or where they do it? With those odds, how can you not struggle at work? You know what's coming next. Yes, you can reduce that struggle. How? By not letting these things get to you and staying positive, and having positive thoughts.
Positive thinking is a mental attitude in which you expect good and favorable results. In other words, positive thinking is the process of creating thoughts that create and transform energy into reality. A positive mind waits for happiness, health and a happy ending in any situation.
How many times have you heard the phrase, if you think positive, positive things will happen. Do not take that literally. Think of it as a concept. Even if something does not have a positive outcome, by looking at it from a positive viewpoint, it will have less of an effect on you. Let me give you an example. Many years ago I was considered for a promotion for the company I worked for. I knew I was the best-qualified candidate and had a positive attitude about getting the promotion. As it turned out, I did not. Rather than be mad, get discouraged, or do less of a job, I realized that the politics that were played meant that no matter what I did, I wasn't going to get the promotion. I accepted that and had a positive outlook about it. Why, because it caused me to look for another job which I did, and got hired by another company making more money, then I would have made if I got the promotion. Do things always work out that way? Of course not. I may write a book I love and think it is going to sell many copies, sometimes they do not. The moral here is if I did practice positive thinking, I would have stayed at that job and been quite unhappy, or stopped writing just because one book did not produce the sales I expected.
CONCLUSION: The fact is, you may not always get your way. You may never hit the lottery and be rich, not every person you meet will want to be in a relationship with you, and as you get older, you may develop some of the medical problems your mother and father had. The important point being, you can reduce, if not eliminate the struggle in many cases. When we struggle we increase our stress. Did you know that stress is the leading cause of most health and mental disorders? If you're ready, look at the things that you struggle with and see what you can do to reduce or eliminate that struggle. The benefits far outweigh the downfalls and can change your life. The key is found in these two words. DESIRE and DEDICATION. Next week will be my monthly video blog post. If you want to see what books I have written, you can go to Amazon.com, or Barnes and Noble.com, or just select the tab VIEW |BUY BOOKS. You can preview any book, or purchase one from your favorite online book store.
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