Staying On Track
Think about yourself as a train, your goals, ambitions and dreams are like the cargo it's hauling, life/ your environment is the tracks/rails you push through and trainstations are milestones or are success. Some days we blow through each train station with ease and on time. We don't give it a second thought. This is likely due to habits we have put in place that help us on our day to day schedules. However, some days when our environment works against us, we are like the childhood story of Thomas the train trying to get up that damn hill and well- it's frustrating. It can even lead to us getting off track. This week we focus on empowering ourselves versus enabling to better understand the "why" behind those difficult times so that you can develop a "how" to get through it.Empowering versus Enabling-
Think about how often you hear someone else telling you about their problems. Most of the time it involves someone or something else disrupting their plans and by the end of it you can't quite figure out if they were looking for someone to enable them to continue there "woe is me" mentality or if they are looking for empowerment. Charles R. Swindoll once said "life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it." From this perspective It's easy to see other getting off track.
When dealing with problemsets, setbacks and failures in life we generally choose between two modes of operation: Empowerment or Enabling.
When we empower ourselves, we orientate, motivate, and re-energize ourselves to solve or understand the situation we are in. This in turn creates determination and resilency which both strengthens our willpower.
When we enable ourselves, we generally feed into the failure, fear, panic or disappointment we are faced with. This leads to excuses, avoiding the problem, becoming apathetic and eventually can lead to serious health issues such as depression and/ or lack of selfworth. I'm not saying that for every excuse made will automatically lead down this path, but as Jordan Belfort once said "The only thing standing between you and your goal is the bullshit story you keep telling yourself as to why you can't achieve it."
Ask yourself this; when I run into a problem or something disrupts my plans do I empower myself to find new or different ways to achieve success or do I spend quite a bit of time recanting how my dreams were dashed by someone else?
Life is full of variables that bring a broad spectrum of emotions, challenges and lessons. When we empower ourselves we instill a sense of value to what we believe in. I'll leave you with a mindset from Theodore Roosevelt: "If you could kick the person in the pants responsible for most of your trouble, you wouldn't sit for a month." Stay Frosty