Did you know the greatest enemy you have to your future success is someone you meet every morning. That's right. You see them often. You talk to them everyday. And depending on how the conversation goes, you may be depressed by them each day.
Where do I meet them, you ask? When do I talk to them?
Every morning when you go into the bathroom, look into the mirror and greet yourself.
If you are not careful, you can become your own worst enemy. How, you ask? By talking down to yourself, talking bad about yourself and encouraging yourself in all of your faults.
Happiness is a state of mind; joy is a state of being. Happiness is based on your interpretation of your circumstances. It's not what happens to you. It's how you perceive things inside of you that determine if your life will lift you up or tear you down.
Everyone has problems. We all deal with situations and difficulties that are hard on us. The challenge is not the problem; what's even more important is how we internalize the problem. What do we tell ourselves about the problem.
You are driving in your car. You are cruising along at 65 miles an hour when you hear an explosion. Your tire blows out and you move to the side of the road. It's getting late and you feel bad. You begin to talk to yourself and curse yourself for not seeing this happening earlier. You tell yourself you should have checked the tire. You beat yourself up.
Is that you? Or do you see it as "things happen, it's not always someone else's fault and I just have to deal with it". Do you blame yourself or see it as something that happens to people who are living?
Negative self talk is so damaging. Criticism, complaining, putting oneself down is all detrimental to your health. Of course we need to take blame when we are responsible. But you will get much farther in life looking at the glass half full instead of half empty.
So many negative influences attack us as we grow up. Many stick around even once we are grown. Friends who hate your success. Teachers who call you stupid (it is said Albert Einstein was once called unable to learn by one of his teachers). Spouses who don't see your potential.
Tell yourself that you are dynamic, powerful and able to accomplish anything you put your mind to. You can become the person you want to be.
Just think about it!