Last week I talked about how each and every one of us is born to THRIVE.
And yet- so many people do not believe they are born to thrive and live day by day in the struggle...also known as survival mode. I encouraged you to
first, upgrade your beliefs/thought patterns (think positive) and then to really ask yourself 'what kind of life do I wish to live?'.
How did you do? Tell me here.
This week I want to discuss another concept, confronting the facts, that has to do with upgrading our belief/thought patterns.
I have found both in my own life and in my work with clients there is often confusion about what it means to be positive. Being positive isn't about being an eternal optimist and ignoring the facts in our life that contribute to our unhappiness, etc.
Rather, being positive is a mindset or way of being. In this mindset or way of being, that we strengthen by meditation and similar awareness practices, we actually confront the facts. The facts, the truth...what is real for us.
When we confront the facts (the good/bad/ugly), we gain knowledge. My friends, this knowledge is key for success.
Why? Well, if you don't know the issue, how will you change it? How will you know which actions to take if you are dealing with smoke and mirrors and half truths?
Remember-- to change outcome, we must change actions. And the only way we change is to first accept that something has to change. And the only way we know that something has to change is if we are totally honest.
When we realize that confronting the facts is the only way to thrive, we also understand the importance of having a positive mindset.
A positive mindset gives us the courage to face the sometimes sobering hard reality we find ourselves living.
Great, so once we confront the facts and gain knowledge, how do we stay positive?
Faith is believing in the unseen, trusting there is a bigger plan for you and your life...that perhaps you don't yet see. Faith means you fall and you rise and you fall and you rise and you repeat the process as often as you need. Faith means you are open to guidance, support and doing what it takes to walk in faith. This is different for everybody and may change over time.
As you continue on your journey to thrive, if this is how you choose to live, I encourage you be real. Confront the facts. Allow the truth to open you to possibility.
If you aren't sure what your mindset truly is, let's play a simple game.
Look at the words below and ask yourself how you see life experience-- all of it-- including your own:
1. Adversity or Advantage?
2. Obstacle or Opportunity?
3. Problem or Possibility?
If you identity with the words to the right, awesome, you see life through the positive lens and are well on your path to thriving even more!
For those identifying with the words on the left, accept it. And then choose how you wish to live and allow that to inform which action steps you take next.
I am here to support you!