by Linda-Ann Stewart
Shift happens. Generally, it’s unexpected and unsettling. Bull
markets eventually stop rampaging, hibernate for a while as the country
experiences a recession. You find out an old acquaintance has been trying to
undermine your relationships with mutual friends. Just as you get settled into
a new home, you lose your job and must adjust to a lower income. The only constant in the Universe is change. It’s a signal from
the Infinite that you’ve outgrown your current circumstances and it’s time to expand
to a greater reality.
Change Your Thinking,
Change Your Response
The attitude you have towards these distressing events
impacts their outcome. Epictetus, the Greek philosopher, said, “People are
not disturbed by things, but by the view they take of them.” Your
perspective determines whether your response will be positive or negative.
If you respond positively to a situation and believe it will
get better, you’ll take actions that bring about a beneficial result. However,
if you bemoan the situation and sink into immobility, then you’ll end up worse
than when you began. The Law of Attraction acts on
whatever your predominant mindset is, not just on one area that you’re focusing
One of the ways to adjust your attitude is to alter the way
you look at the situation. Over the years, clichés, proverbs and quotes have
helped people to realize that there is more than one way to look at a problem.
When you do, you open your mind up to other possibilities. Here are some ideas that
will help you keep things in perspective:
Necessity is the mother
of invention. When there’s a problem, let it inspire creative efforts to
find a solution. If there’s no problem, we coast along and don’t make progress.
How can you engage your creativity even when there isn’t a problem?
Into every life, a little
rain must fall. No one gets through this life without some difficulty or
upset. Right now, it seems as if it’s pouring. But the storm will pass.
Make the best of a
bad situation. Accept what’s happened. Then, figure out what tools you have
to work with and get resourceful. How can you find something beneficial in the
situation that makes things bearable or better?
This too shall pass.
In early adulthood, this phrase got me through a very bad day at work. It became
my mantra for the day. It was my lifeline. That day did end, as all do.
Eventually, your crisis will also be in the past.
don’t last, but tough people do” Robert Schuller. You’ve made it this
far in your life, so you’re tougher than you know. You have the ability to make
it through this, too.
What doesn’t kill you
makes you stronger. What lessons can you learn from the current situation
that you can use in the future?
“In the middle of
difficulty lies opportunity”Albert Einstein. Challenges get people to think about
problems in new ways. Consider how people are now figuring out how to use 3-D
printers to create vitally needed medical equipment. It’s unlikely that would
have happened without this crisis. What opportunities can you find in life’s
difficulties for yourself?
When life gives you
lemons, make lemonade. This sums up the situation. We have a lemon of a
situation right now, no doubt. But if you shift your perspective, you’ll be
able to develop something sweet and pleasant.
What Are Your Next Steps?
isn’t to say that you should ignore feeling scared or upset. Take the time to
mourn what’s gone or not currently available. Acknowledge it and let it flow
through you. Just don’t let the grief immobilize you. The longer you stay
immobilized, the longer it will take you to start living again and moving in a
Take a deep breath, and another. What steps do you need to take to move forward? Get creative. Life is always changing. You will get through this and the Universe will support your endeavors. And you can find a way to make the situation work for you, to come out of it stronger, and more resourceful. And you might even have some lemonade.
The Universe will protect and guide me to my greater good. I know that something beneficial emerges from this for me. I don’t know what or how it will happen. That’s not my responsibility. My responsibility is to keep my thoughts positive and optimistic. As I do, the Universe finds a way to deliver my good to me.
Watch the complementary video, How to Get Unstuck and Reduce Stress.
As a vision strategist, hypnotherapist, and speaker, Linda-Ann Stewart helps women entrepreneurs and small business owners who feel stuck, immobilized and overwhelmed to to get clear, focused and on the fast track to the next level of their business. To achieve a 90-day goal more easily, sign up for her FREE comprehensive Strategic Vision blueprint at www.Linda-AnnStewart.com/setyourcourse.html
. You can contact her at LAS@Linda-AnnStewart.com or 928-600-0452.