Going Through Challenges 3

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.”

Eleanor Roosevelt

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.”

Winston Churchill

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