Make a positive response to challenges a habit.
“As a single footstep will not make a path on the earth, so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind. To make a deep physical path, we walk again and again. To make a deep mental path, we must think over and over the kinds of thoughts we wish to dominate over our lives.”
Henry David Thoreau
When I respond to a challenge, it is usually out of a habit that I have formed. Most of the time, I form habits without thinking. They are usually bad and negative habits. My negative response to challenges was a bad habit that I had to correct. Once I changed my response, I was able to habitually respond to challenges with a positive attitude.
Thinking negative thoughts about challenges became a habit. As I started to research personal development, I realized that my negative thoughts were the first thing that needed to go. Every time I start to think negatively about a situation, I simply stop myself and replace that thought with a positive one. This process did not happen overnight. It has taken a long time to think positively when facing challenges.
Once I learned to replace my negative thoughts with positive ones, I had to think those positive thoughts over and over, again. Now, I am able to quickly replace my negative thoughts with positive thoughts. This is because it has become a habit. The habit of thinking positively is a good habit, and I am proud of my ability to think positively through negative situations.
“Habits change into character.”
Take responsibility for my life.
“One’s philosophy is not best expressed in words; it is expressed in the choices one makes… and the choices we make are ultimately our responsibility.”
There was a time when I did not take responsibility for my life. At that time, I would blame everybody and everything else for my failures. For example, I didn’t receive my college degree until I was thirty-five, because my teachers didn’t teach me right or no one encouraged me enough. This thinking was incorrect, and, now, I understand that my success was in my hands.
It is now clear to me that my success in challenges is totally my responsibility. If I fail, I can blame no one but myself. This also includes my attitude through the situation. Like I always tell people, positive thinking and speaking are the two key ingredients to success. For me to succeed, I must use my words and thoughts responsibly. This is not my family, friends, or teachers responsibility, so I cannot blame others for my failures or attitudes.
Bad things happen to everyone. Sometimes there is nothing we can do about the bad thing that happens, but we have a choice to act appropriately in the situation. Our actions speak louder than words. There were times when I would throw a fit, because someone had spoken rudely to me. Although I could not change how they spoke to me, I can change how I speak back to them.
“The price of greatness is responsibility.”
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