I’ve written about it before and I’ll write about it again.
It controls everything. If you read what I write here or follow me on Instagram, you already know that I am passionate about working to build a stronger body, mind, and spirit while helping others do the same. A huge part of that is maintaining our thought life which includes mindsets, emotions and attitudes. Here comes perspective.
The year was coming to an end and I found myself falling deeper and deeper into a hole of negativity. From that hole, I could see NOTHING good about the past year. That didn’t go as I planned. This failed. That didn’t work. I went backwards. I didn’t grow in this area. I thought and CHOSE to pick the “dip dark hole” perspective as I thought about 2018. You can’t see anything but dirt from there… and the light that you CAN see is far, far away.
All of a sudden, like I just WOKE UP, I realized what I was doing! I thought, “NOPE- we are NOT gonna do that!” I CHOSE at that moment to elevate my perspective. Let’s put on a different pair of glasses to look back at my year.
- I had THE TRIP OF A LIFETIME with my husband! How could I lose sight of THAT? Kauai was epic. A literal DREAM COME TRUE!
- We took the boys on their first real backpacking trip on a section of the Appalachian Trail. Challenging, but unforgettable.
- I have great design clients. That work allows me to have a flexible schedule for creating and adventuring.
- I get to coach athletes that I love every week at my gym. That is work that I enjoy. I am passionate about helping people, so it is truly fulfilling.
- I launched a new part of my business: released a few pieces in my gym clothing line and planned/hosted/taught my first wellness retreat, RESET.
- I’ve been creating more content than ever to help others live a healthier, stronger life.
- I attended a conference to increase my knowledge on detoxing the mind.
This is a portion of my list. What does yours look like? If you haven’t made a list like this… DO IT!
I know it’s easier to think about the things that didn’t go well, but it is vital that we CHOOSE to change our perspective. When we lock in on the negative parts, they begin to swallow us. They steal our vision, our strength. We can’t set up residence in that hole. If we really want to learn from 2018 and become stronger this year, we must learn to be grateful in every season. Not just when things are going our way. We must make it a point to accept the pain of tragedy, bad decisions, failed ideas, mismanaged time, missed opportunities, or whatever else; but find how to grow from these things. Don’t let LIFE just happen and not dig the gold out of the dirt.
Elevate your perspective.
Every seed that is planted in the ground dies, breaks open and lays in darkness for a season. Eventually, it pushes through the resistance of the surface and bursts forth into light. Important things happen in winter seasons, but don’t let your perspective stay buried. No matter what season you are in, you can always think from an elevated perspective.