We hinted yesterday that each of us has more than one superpower. If you’ve given this a little thought, you have already realized that you have many. All it took was looking at yourself from a different perspective. Today, we’re going to look at another superpower that can be learned, just like Focus.
Question for you: Do you ever feel like events in your life have gotten out of control? No matter how diligently you set goals, visualize results, and affirm a positive outcome, occasionally your life is going to feel as if it’s gone a little crazy. Carefully laid plans go up in smoke – sometimes quite literally. People you counted on, bail out on you. A health or family crisis strikes. An earthquake, hurricane, flood or tornado puts you back to square one. Suddenly you feel as if you are completely off course, out of control, and lost at sea.
At times like this, there are a few things it may help you to remember. First of all, none of us can control every aspect of our lives. Adversity comes to all of us, no matter how moral we are, and no matter how good or positive our attitude is. Bad things happen to good people all the time.
Second, it’s important to realize that there is one, and only one, thing in life that is completely within your power to control, and that is your response to what happens to you. When you find yourself overcome with feelings of fear, helplessness, doom and gloom, you can put the brakes on these feelings by gently but firmly choosing to shift the focus of the thoughts that are running through your mind.
Your feelings are a direct result of the thoughts you think. Setting aside some time every morning and evening for positive visualization, affirmation, or guided meditation is a highly effective way of getting these thoughts back under your control once again.
You may not be able to control the outside world, but you can control your inside world. You get to decide what path your thoughts take, and they can either help you or keep you stuck. You are in charge of you – the thoughts you think and the actions you take.