September 5, 2018
No one knows what he can do until he tries.
I think that how well we enjoy our lives depends on our resiliency and mental toughness. We all have had setbacks and disappointments as well as the need to venture into uncharted waters. I have found this to be especially true as I navigate through my “Golden Years”.
It is not that the challenges are any harder, it is that they are just different. I find that rather than spending time worrying about tomorrow that I am better off just forging ahead finding that everything works out.
Jon Gordon recently wrote an article mental toughness that makes sense to me, here is what he wrote.
20 WAYS TO GET MENTALLY TOUGH
- When you face a setback, think of it as a defining moment that will lead to a future accomplishment.
- When you encounter adversity, remember, the best don’t just face adversity; they embrace it, knowing it’s not a dead end but a detour to something greater and better.
- When you face negative people, know that the key to life is to stay positive in the face of negativity, not in the absence of it.
- When you face the naysayer’s, remember the people who believed in you and spoke positive words to you.
- When you face critics, remember to tune them out and focus only on being the best you can be.
- When you wake up in the morning, take a morning walk of gratitude and prayer. It will create a fertile mind ready for success.
- When you fear, trust. Let your faith be greater than your doubt.
- When you fail, find the lesson in it, and then recall a time when you have succeeded.
- When you head into battle, visualize success.
- When you are thinking about the past or worrying about the future, instead focus your energy on the present moment. The now is where your power is the greatest.
- When you want to complain, instead identify a solution.
- When your own self-doubt crowds your mind, weed it and replace it with positive thoughts and positive self-talk.
- When you feel distracted, focus on your breathing, observe your surroundings, clear your mind, and get into The Zone. The Zone is not a random event. It can be created.
- When you feel all is impossible, know that with God all things are possible.
- When you feel alone, think of all the people who have helped you along the way and who love and support you now.
- When you feel lost, pray for guidance.
- When you are tired and drained, remember to never, never, never give up. Finish Strong in everything you do.
- When you feel like you can’t do it, know that you can do all things through God who gives you strength.
- When you feel like your situation is beyond your control, pray and surrender. Focus on what you can control and let go of what you can’t.
- When you’re in a high-pressure situation and the game is on the line, and everyone is watching you, remember to smile, have fun, and enjoy it. Life is short; you only live once. You have nothing to lose. Seize the moment.
Few things in the world are more powerful than a positive push. A smile. A world of optimism and hope. A ‘you can do it’ when things are tough.
Richard M. DeVos
My neighbor was bitten by a stray rabid dog. I went to see how he was and found him writing frantically. I told him rabies could be cured and he didn’t have to worry about a will. He said, “Will? What will? I’m making a list of the people I wanna bite.”
A young mother skeptically examined a new educational toy. “Isn’t this rather complicated for a small boy?” she asked the salesclerk.
“It’s designed to adjust the tot to live in today’s world, madam,” the shop assistant replied.
“Any way he tries to put it together is wrong.”
“Put” means to place a thing where you want it. “Putt” means a vain attempt to do the same thing.
These two guys were approaching the first tee. The first guy goes into his golf bag to get a ball and says to his friend, “Hey, why don’t you try this ball?” He draws a green golf ball out of his bag. “You can’t lose it.” His friend replies, “What do you mean you can’t lose it?!” The first man replies, “I’m serious, you can’t lose it. If you hit it into the woods, it makes a beeping sound, if you hit it into the water it produces bubbles, and if you hit it on the fairway, smoke comes up in order for you to find it.”
Obviously, his friend doesn’t believe him, but he shows him all the possibilities until he is convinced. The friend says, “Wow! That’s incredible!
Where did you get that ball?!”
The man replies, “I found it.”
Gravity: Not just a good idea, it’s the law!
One night a teenage girl brought her new boyfriend home to meet her parents, and they were appalled by his appearance: leather jacket, motorcycle boots, tattoos and pierced nose. Later, the parents pulled their daughter aside and confessed their concern. “Dear,” said the mother diplomatically, “he doesn’t seem very nice.” “Mom,” replied the daughter,
“if he wasn’t nice, why would he be doing 5000 hours of community service?”
Why do people say “gross negligence”? Is negligence ever attractive?
When her late husband’s will was read, a widow learned he had left the bulk of his fortune to another woman. Enraged, she rushed to change the inscription on her spouse’s tombstone.
“Sorry, lady”, said the stonecutter. “I inscribed ‘Rest in Peace’ on your orders. I can’t change it now.”
“Very well,” she said grimly. “Just add, `Until We Meet Again.’ ”
Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.
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