I can’t believe it’s Thursday! Where the heck did the week go? Oh, that’s right, to the 40 or so hours I’ve put in for my clients. The first of the year is an extremely busy time between tax preparation and clients going full speed at their New Year’s “To Do” lists, so when I woke up this morning, feeling a little burnt out, I knew I needed to get my self-talk under control and give my motivation a boost before I tackled the tasks on today’s plate.
Here’s a quote I read that really speaks to the power of positive thinking and a good attitude:
I’ve learned from experience that the greater part of our happiness or misery depends on our dispositions and not on our circumstances. – Martha Washington
You might snicker at the thought that I can control my happiness by the way I think about my life, but I’ve put these beliefs into practice, and I testify to their validity. A positive attitude always helps me see past the circumstances about which I’m not 100% stoked.
For example, 40 hours for my clients results in not being able to write any posts for my blog, post any new tweets, check out Facebook, or watch new movies. All of which means my right-brain hasn’t been able to play as much as it likes.
So instead of thinking about the things I didn’t get to do this week, I remind myself what I have accomplished, both professionally and personally: more hours billed, more money earned; added words to my manuscript; discovered a new horror market for my short stories, read about 150 more pages of The Onion Girl; enjoyed a homemade dinner with my daughter every evening; and spent quality one-on-one time with my daughter every day.
Therefore, even though this week hasn’t been the most productive for my creative endeavors, I just needed to remind myself this week is not indicative of every week, and I focus on the positive.
You see, it’d be easy to lose myself in the day-to-day grind of responsibilities, but if I keep my head in a positive place, focused on today and its possibilities, my attitude always follows suit, and my day always looks brighter.
Have you discovered the connection between your attitude, your circumstances, and your happiness?