“Our actions may be impeded by them by them, but there can be no impeding our intentions or our dispositions. Because we can accommodate and adapt. The mind adapts and converts to its won purposes the obstacle to our acting.
The impediment to action advances action.
What stands in the way becomes the way.”
Last night I was reading Meditations and I came across the passage above. It made me think of yesterday’s thought of the day (Read More: Aug 21st: 2015 Thought of the Day). During the journey of becoming so good they can’t ignore you, you are going to experience plenty of resistance and impediments preventing you from reaching your goals. The default response to these impediments is to resist what is, and complain. This accomplishes absolutely nothing and will delay or prevent you entirely from achieving your goals.
It is essential to embody the wisdom of today’s thought of the day in your life. It is the reason that sometimes people’s biggest successes follow very shortly after their biggest failures. Their monumental failures forced them to adapt and innovate. The innovation that was fueled by their failure resulted in their great success.
To develop the mindset of seeking opportunities in setbacks, it is essential to begin to integrate this mindset into your daily life. You need to train your brain to re frame how it views supposedly negative events that you have no control over.
For example, I am commuting a lot to work and school. Recently there is a “bump” on the Lions Gate Bridge that has resulted in a dramatic increase of traffic jams. Before developing this mindset to see the opportunity in “negative” events, traffic jams would have caused a lot of anxiety and anger to boil up.
I now realize how ridiculous it is to react to a traffic jam like that. The traffic jam does not care if you are angry at it. On the contrary it provides a wonderful opportunity to learn the virtues of patience and taking control of your emotional state. Additionally during traffic jams it is the only time where I can just relax and listen to some music.
This subtle re-framing of “negative” event drastically changes my experience of the event. It is important to realize that we are all going to die soon enough. So even a so called “bad” moment in our life is still a moment of our life. It is our job to cherish every moment we are given and use it as fuel to fulfill our purpose.
Be Happy and Chase your Dreams,
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