I am sure you have all heard the phrase, “When the going gets tough the tough keep going.” What works for me is to keep thinking positive thoughts and not let others take away my personal hope. My unwavering hope has kept me going through many personal struggles over the years.

When life becomes overwhelming – for example, looking after elderly relatives or juggling a job and family, you have choice about how to handle the stress. You can choose to ignore what you are facing or create solutions for each challenge which might include enlisting the help of others. CHOOSE to remain positive. Instead of focusing on the problems you face, focus on the solutions. Expect good things to happen each day without being attached to the outcome.

Go out in nature and smell the air. Watch the birds fly by and think of five things you accomplished that day and how you can move each situation forward by consciously focusing on progressive action. This helps diminish the feeling of being overwhelmed.

William James, one of the founders of modern psychology said, “The greatest discovery of this generation is that a human being can alter their life by altering their attitude.” You can CHOOSE to take charge of your life and not feel like a victim.

Your attitude not only impacts your happiness and success, it also impacts the happiness and success of everyone around you such as family, friends and peers at work. Have you reflected on what a difference you can make in someone’s day if you smiled instead of frowned?

When possible solutions to your challenges come your way, be prepared to take advantage of them. Evaluate them and be creative. You always have choice. I would enjoy hearing your stories of times when opportunity knocked and how you handled that opportunity.

What CHOICES or small steps can lead you toward the life you would ideally like to live?

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