TWO PATHS IN LIFE

Publication1CROPPED400Each new day provides an option to experience life from one of two perspectives”

  1. What obstacles WILL I FACE and what will it take to “SURVIVE?

  2. What opportunities WILL I CREATE to further advance down the path I CHOOSE TO LIVE?

The personal decision to approach life from either of these perspectives comes down to deciding whether life (to a large extent) is controlled by circumstances, or whether the individual (to a large extent) can PROACTIVELY manage life’s daily obstacles taking CONTROL and achieving better outcomes.

It’s not simply viewing whether the glass is half full or half empty, but rather deciding who is going to take responsibility for filling the glass and what substance(s) will be used?

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“Living” life defensively on a daily basis requires huge amounts of energy. REACTING to various unwanted and/or unexpected situations causes spontaneous “decision making” designed to “quell storms” rather than prevent recurrences. As life takes on more challenges, the “reservoir” of “spontaneous solutions” dries up.

Under this level of emotional duress, it becomes nearly impossible to follow society’s recommendation to “buck up.” This recommendation requires significant amounts of energy and resources; both of which have been depleted during the attempt to survive the barrage of daily stressful events.

CHOOSING OFFENSE OVER DEFENSE:

Publication3CROPPED500Before reaching a point of no return, maybe it’s time to pursue a  PATH OF INNOVATION to achieve a desired outcome. It requires a little time and a little strategizing to create a SUBSTANTIVE ACTION PLAN. This plan is FOUNDATIONAL in nature and often require FLEXIBILITY and modification. It will include steps that sometimes FAIL providing LEARNING LESSONS (not to be repeated!) Learning from failure rather than continuing down its path creates a lesson that preserves ENERGY while “righting the course” toward a more SUSTAINABLE SOLUTION. It slowly transforms insecurity and  instinctive “survival” reactions into greater CONFIDENCE and VALUED QUALITATIVE decision making.

Tomorrow is Sunday.

You can either wake up and look at LIFE as:

  • What obstacles WILL I FACE and what will it take to “SURVIVE?

OR

  • What opportunities WILL I CREATE to further advance down the path I CHOOSE TO LIVE?

THE RIGHT ANSWER IS BASED ON WHAT IT TAKES TO ACHIEVE THE LIFE YOU CHOOSE TO LIVE!

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24 comments

  1. Find a place inside where there’s joy, and the joy will burn out the pain. Joseph Campbell

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    1. It all comes down to MINDSET followed by ATTITUDE.

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  2. Adopt the habit of having a good hearted laugh every time you become irritated or angry. Begin each day with one minute of hearty laughing; this will change the chemistry of your brain and start you off with a positive mental attitude.Napoleon Hill

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    1. We are creatures of habit; we simply need to decide whether our preferences are good healthy habits or life impeding ones.

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  3. If you’re ever feeling sorry for yourself, look around until you find someone who is worse off than yourself and start where you stand to help that person. Make this a habit and you will experience one of the great miracles of life: that which you do to or for others, you do to or for yourself.Napoleon Hill

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    1. I have shared this concept in many of my articles. Thank you for adding it as a comment for all readers to see.

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  4. “You are the master of your destiny. You can influence, direct and control your own environment. You can make your life what you want it to be.” Napoleon Hill

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  5. great post Doc .. every single event and person in our life offers new opportunities, we just have to embrace them 🙂

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    1. Willingness to see life from this perspective makes embracing these opportunities so much easier.

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      1. and really is the only way to see life 🙂

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  6. Thanks for another thought provoking post, Doc

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    1. Always a pleasure.

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  7. I agree – a very thought provoking post. Thanks again, Jonathan. Your posts are always so relevant and inspiring.

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    1. Thank you for adding your thoughts on the subject.

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  8. This is a great example of the proactive vs. reactive approach. I discussed this concept on my recent episode Mindset, Mindfulness and Metabolism. https://getbetternaturally.wordpress.com/2017/07/21/mindset-mindfulness-and-metabolism/

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    1. This is an extremely important concept you bring up. It requires a little thought; time worth investing to achieve better outcomes.

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  9. Thank you I needed this pep talk, :).

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    1. Timing is everything! 🙂

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  10. love this post…..thank you…..kat

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    1. Thank you Kat.

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  11. Brilliant !!!

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