Not every day is a great day. Things happen. Unexpected events and circumstances catch us off guard and can throw us for a loop. Regardless of how well prepared we are for the day and various situations, sometimes getting knocked down is inevitable. And guess what – it is perfectly ok and even a good thing. We are meant to be challenged, defeated, confused, frustrated, disappointed, etc. These are all part of a process of growth and will come to us often on the path to finding our greatness.
I had one of those days recently. The day started out on track as I was planned and prepared for the day. At some point, out of nowhere, things slowly slipped down hill. I maybe was tired, drained a bit from the week and let my emotions and mental sharpness start to slide. I started eating things I had not planned and didn’t seem to want to stop. I was a bit sluggish in continuing to execute my plans for the day and get things checked off my list. By the end of the day I was dragging, down on myself, mad and frustrated at some of the decisions I made during the day, and just felt overwhelmed with so many things.
The next morning, I had that same feeling. That is when I had a decision to make. I could wallow in my new found funk and write this day off before it even gets started or gain control of my thoughts and emotions and start to take control of what is or was getting me down. It took me a little bit, but I chose to make this day different. I vowed to move forward and climb out from my own little reclusive mess. I had to shift my mindset and gain a new perspective in order to be able to conquer the day.
It is often said that every day is a new day. I will go even further and challenge you with every moment is a new moment. It comes down to one decision. It is the power to shift our mindset, our focus, our energy that empowers us to forge a new path at any given moment. It is in those moments of doubt, negativity, hopelessness, that we must make that one decision which will change our moment. We must choose to do different. We must vow to no longer stay on the path we are on and do that one thing, no matter how seemingly small it may be, that is going to drive us into a different outcome for the day.
This is not to say that every problem, struggle, or conflict is going to be resolved and made better in one moment. It is not about solving every problem in an instant. It IS about coming to a point to accept that the molehills are not necessarily mountains and the mountains are not necessarily insurmountable. It IS about accepting that we do not have to have all the answers and allow ourselves the time to come to some clarity at a future time. It IS about allowing ourselves to be human, to mess up, slip, stumble, and to know that we can leave it in the past. The past begins now. It ends and the present begins with a decision.
The power to choose is an extraordinary gift. It is the power to choose different – particularly in our thought process and in our perceptions that is extraordinary. You must make a decision today, at this moment and every day. Will you let the day run you, or do you choose to take control and run the day? Dictate how you want the day to go and how you will react to events that arise along the way. Forgive yourself of the past – whether it is the past year, day, or something you did or didn’t do 5 minutes ago. Let it go. Choose to move forward from this point, with a clear mind, and the willingness to try one more time.