“Respect yourself enough to walk away from anything that no longer serves you, grows you or makes you happy.”- Robert Tew
Let that sink in for a few minutes…
Is it fair to yourself to stay present in any situation that does not bring a sense of joy or happiness to your life? I know I certainly don’t want to feel miserable every day. It takes more energy to constantly think negative thoughts than to do something proactive to change them. You are in control of how you feel when you wake up in the morning and every night when you go to sleep. We all have our moments, it’s life, but being conscious of your thoughts and feelings makes a world of a difference.
Upon recognizing the moment when negative thoughts start to percolate in your mind, make a conscious decision to shut them down. Instead, focus your energy on celebrating positivity.
What made you smile today? What accomplishments have you made recently? What are you looking forward to? Did you crush your workout? Or make an important sale at work? Your positive vibes can stem from just about anything.
The most important piece of this transformation is: Do not be afraid to walk away from something that is no longer meant for you. This can be a job, relationship, living arrangement, friendship, whatever you feel is bringing you down. Change does not always have to be a dark cloud that circles around your head. Behind every cloud is a shining sun and blue skies. Embrace it. Allow it to illuminate you.
Change is what takes you from where you are to where you want to be. It is not always voluntary, some things happen that are beyond your control. However, your reaction to life’s unexpected turns is what helps you evolve. Of course you can spend your days mulling over situations and trying to come up with a logical explanation for why it happened, but that’s a waste of time. Learn from the situation and do whatever to can to get your happiness back. YOU are your priority. Never forget that.
Don’t be afraid of feeling alone. Don’t be afraid of doubt, financial insecurity, loss…the list goes on and on. Take your fears and conquer them head on. Whenever you find yourself in a tough situation, figure out a way to navigate through it. A smooth sea never made a skillful sailor.
Lauren Piccini graduated from the University of Connecticut with a B.A. in English. During her time at UConn, she experienced three marketing internships exploring every aspect of PR, marketing and writing; this is where she recognized her passion for writing– it allows her creativity and thoughts to come to life on the page.
After interviewing the staff behind the creation and implementation of Hoffman Auto Groups newest addition, “H-Lot Live,” her first piece was published in “Decades Magazine,” in October 2011.
Now, Lauren is a writer, blogger and social media wiz who helps small business owners transform into credible experts in their field by increasing their brand awareness through social media strategies and techniques.