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Responding to the Challenges and Realities of Life

Posted By: Randy GageMay 1, 2018

In yesterday’s post we looked at how we can use the power of the mind.  And that is really about taking responsibility for your life, by taking responsibility for your choices.  Because it is by those choices you make, that you co-create your life.

Only you don’t get to choose everything...

You won’t be able to control the vast majority of things: Losing a loved one, economic downturns, or earthquakes are out of your control on a macro level.  Even on a micro level, you won’t be able to choose how tall you are, whether your cousin is a jerk, or if your softball games get rained out.

Shit happens.

Sure, you can influence things.  But shit still happens.  You could exercise, take supplements, eat healthy, not smoke, volunteer at the orphanage, be a good tipper, and still get diagnosed with cancer.

Horrible, horrific things happen to good people every single day.  And sometimes they are going to happen to you.  And when they do, you’ll face the ultimate question: whether you choose to become a victim or a victor.

We like to look at famous people on TV and fantasize about their stress-free, ideal, perfect lives.  But that’s just a fantasy.  Everyone has issues and everyone faces challenges.

Life is never about avoiding adversity, unless you want to live in a protected cocoon of mediocrity.  Life is about surviving and surmounting the adversities.  It’s never about what happens to you, but always about how you respond to what happens to you.

So how you doing on that?

-RG

2 comments on “Responding to the Challenges and Realities of Life”

  1. This is probably one of the hardest things for people to do, especially men. We always feel we need to be in control, although rarely are we 100% in control of anything. It is very difficult to give up the urge to control and accept the things we cannot. Sometimes it is perpetuated from the position that you are in. When I was in law enforcement, almost everyone I encountered expected me to solve their problems and do it in a very short period of time. I am sure there are several other professional positions (doctors, psychologists, accountants, etc.) whom are put in the same spot. And if we don't find a solution for a particular problem or the event comes out different than anticipated, we often feel we failed, and failure is a very difficult thing for most people to accept.

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  • 2 comments on “Responding to the Challenges and Realities of Life”

    1. This is probably one of the hardest things for people to do, especially men. We always feel we need to be in control, although rarely are we 100% in control of anything. It is very difficult to give up the urge to control and accept the things we cannot. Sometimes it is perpetuated from the position that you are in. When I was in law enforcement, almost everyone I encountered expected me to solve their problems and do it in a very short period of time. I am sure there are several other professional positions (doctors, psychologists, accountants, etc.) whom are put in the same spot. And if we don't find a solution for a particular problem or the event comes out different than anticipated, we often feel we failed, and failure is a very difficult thing for most people to accept.

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