State of Mind

You are what you think.  If you think you will have a good day, you will have one. Yet it also works backwards, if you think it will be a bad day, it often will be a bad day.  Your level of happiness is actually made up 50% by genetics, 10% by your actual situation and 40% by your attitude.

While I’ve been aware of that particular fact for some time, I ran a test on it yesterday.  You see I started off with a really bad morning.  First off, the dog threw up over our bed…ick.  Then we work up the boys and found our little guy had wet the bed…double ick.  So at that point in time it is very tempting to say it will be one of those days, yet instead I said this to  my wife: this day just has to be get better from here.  We had hit our morning low and it just has to be better.

Oddly enough it worked.  The day did get better, I got some things done at work and felt good about it.  I had a few laughs during a coffee break and I had a productive evening at home by getting the boys hair cut.  So recall the Friday really isn’t any better than Monday expect in your head and that matters a lot more than you think.

The other interesting thing about this concept is when you extrapolate it.  There is no reason why you can’t enjoy working at your job.  Yes early retirement is bound to be fun with all that freedom, but your working life doesn’t have to be a prison sentence to be endured.  It can actually be fun.  The choice lies within your own mind, so be mindful of your thoughts.

How do you approach your work?  Do you have fun or is it something you dislike?  If you don’t like it, could you find a way to make it a little bit more fun?


3 thoughts on “State of Mind”

  1. I used to really dislike my jobs, one of the reasons why I became interested in early retirement and why I changed careers. At my current job, I’m actually really enjoying it! I don’t know if I enjoy it enough to spend ten or 15 years here, but for now I’m not feeling anxious about “finishing”.

  2. This is something I need to work on especially right now – chang your attitude, change your life. I need a serious attitude adjustment.

  3. Great reminder, Charles Swindoll has a quote that I need to drag out again ATTITUDE
    by: Charles Swindoll
    The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life.

    Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company… a church… a home.

    The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past… we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude… I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it.

    And so it is with you… we are in charge of our attitudes

    Hope this encourages like what you have posted encouraged me.

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