One of the recurring themes in these posts is the power of mindset; that is, how you frame a particular situation or experience determines whether and the extent to which it has a positive or negative impact on your life.
By adopting a growth mindset and seeing the world through a lens of curiosity, you can find a valuable learning opportunity in every circumstance, even the seemingly bad ones.
Personally, I find it helpful to make small tweaks in the words I use when engaging in self-talk.
For example, instead of saying (rhetorically) “Why did this [negative event] happen TO me?”, I’ll ask myself, “Why did this happen FOR me?” and then look for positive outcomes that ensued from it.
Similarly, a complaint such as “I HAVE to do this project” is replaced with “I GET to do this project,” accompanied by a mental list of all the reasons to be grateful for the experience.
These tactics are not intended to trivialize such difficulties in any way, but rather to open your eyes to perspectives that aren’t necessarily readily apparent.
Taking the time to reflect and reframe life’s challenges will bring you greater wisdom and appreciation than you thought possible.