Friday, April 8, 2011

It’s not what happens, it’s what you do that really counts in life!

Norman Vincent Peale says "The secret of life is not what happens to you, but what you do with what happens to you."

What a powerful quote. We often have curveballs and adversity to deal with, that is a fact of life. Really in life there is very little that is completely within our control or influence. How you deal with life’s situations is what becomes really important.

The first step in changing how you deal with life’s situations is to change how you see the situation. This of course is easier said than done. Try to view the situation as neutral or positive. Ask yourself “what can I learn here?” or “how can I grow?” Seek to find opportunity wrapped up in the challenge.

The next step is to act upon your new view point. Stepping into action is an important step in locking in the new viewpoint. Rather than fall victim to the circumstances, take action.

Finally, seek to review what you have learned. I am a firm believer that life continues to send us the same challenges, crises or problems until you learn the lesson. The faster you learn the lesson and incorporate the learning, the quicker the pain goes away.

So remember, it’s about what you do when life happens that really counts!

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