When things are going well, it’s pretty easy to feel thankful. But what about when everything’s all messed up?
This Christmas, and every day of 2017 we each have two options: see the bad in our circumstances, or look for the hidden good.
Lots of things didn’t seem to go well in 2016. Political, social, economic, and relational tensions were running high. People were angry and lashing out due to injustice.
And yet, at the same time, the world kept on moving on. People’s lives continued on as always. Folks went to work, went shopping, went out to dinner- almost as if the bad events that colored our days didn’t even happen.
It’s amazing how our intense feelings and emotions can raise so high and then chill out to almost imperceptible levels so quickly. Why? It’s not that we immediately forget, so how can we move on so fast?
It’s because people are extremely adaptable- able to change ourselves so deeply within that we can essentially reinvent ourselves over and over, many times throughout our lives. That doesn’t mean that we forget the events, circumstances, and feelings of our past- just that we have amazing capabilities to assess, absorb, and adapt ourselves to new realities quite quickly if we want to.
And there lies the key to feeling thankful. We, as humans, essentially do what we want. We can change or not change. We can adapt or stagnate. We can feel thankful or not feel thankful. It’s completely up to us.
Even if 2016 was a struggle for you, there is still hope. A new year is on the horizon. A clean slate is waiting. By choosing to adapt, you automatically choose to find gratitude. You can continue on as a newly-changed person, able to take on what comes at you next. Because let’s face it, you can’t control your circumstances- only your attitude. Choose to find the positive, and you’ll see it. And as you learn to make looking for the good a habit, it will become easier to find it. Then, before you know it, you will start seeing some good everywhere you look.
If you want to start out 2017 on a positive note, head on over to http://IA17.com and grab your free copy of Incredible Advantage’s 2017 Growth Planner. Make being positive a goal for the new year, and watch your world change! Give yourself the gift of gratitude today and every day, and incredible things will come of it.
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