Look, life’s not always pretty. And we tend to overemphasize the bad times. When we experience a setback or negativity, we blow it up in our minds. “This is the worst thing ever.” Think about it. Is it really? Or is there a way you can improve your life situation? Because that’s how I like to look at it.
Where you are now is a temporary situation. No matter how good or bad it is—this very moment will pass. Do you realize that? Because if you do, you know that you have a chance to improve your life. And to me, that’s the best use of your time and energy. Don’t spend one second on feeling sorry for yourself and focus on what you can do NOW to improve something about your life. It doesn’t even matter what it is. Go for a walk. Take a shower. Shave. Start a journal. Fix something in your house. Write down some ideas. Set a goal. You can even do those things while you’re feeling bad. Because that’s not the point. I recently got my vaccine and it knocked me down a notch for a day or so.
I felt tired. And yet, I feel better mentally after I made my decision and executed it. In the back of my mind, I know I will be ok and happy with my choice. I understand this is a small example and much worse things happen in life. But when you practice a positive attitude on the small stuff, you will be better at dealing with the big stuff.
I like how Napoleon Hill, the author of the famous self-help book, Think And Grow Rich, put it: “If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way.”
It’s unquestionable: Doing small things will make you feel better. But you don’t need to believe me. Just go and do a small thing now and see it for yourself.
Peace and Love, Jim