“With everything that has happened to you, you can either feel sorry for yourself or treat what has happened as a gift. Everything is either an opportunity to grow or an obstacle to keep you from growing. You get to choose.” Wayne Dyer
It is interesting to notice how different people around us respond to what life throws at them. There are some who would fit the mould of the ‘self-made man.’ They use their stumbling blocks as stepping stones to keep moving towards their goals. Our backgrounds aren’t always indicative of the way we are going to turn out. Some children get a rough start at life but somehow they turn their adversity into a strength or success. People attribute success in life to many things, but one of the major attributes is self-discipline. A New Zealand study found childhood self-control predicted physical health, personal finances and criminal behaviour.
According to Paul Scheele of Learning Strategies Corporation, “being self-disciplined does not have to be difficult or taxing. True self-discipline flows naturally from the strength of your clear purpose and living in alignment with your values.” If you have a setback are you going to allow that obstacle affect you for the rest of your life and feel sorry for yourself, or are you going to focus on what it is you want out of life and grow from the experience? There may a huge upside to what has happened, maybe you just can’t see it yet. Which way are you going to choose?
Enjoy making the decision!