change your thoughts

 

Happy July!

 

How’s your summer going so far? 

 

We only really started feeling like summer was here this past week. Temps suddenly at 100 degrees, so glad we have a pool!

 

One of my early mentors once said to me, “Your life is the result of your thoughts. If you want to change your life, you need to change your thoughts.”

 

This was life changing for me. 

 

You’ve heard me talk about the fact that we need to own our lives. We need to take responsibility for our lives, both the good and the bad.

 

If there’s something that’s amazing in our life? It’s because of the choices we’ve made and the actions we’ve taken. And we’re proud of those, right?

 

If there’s something we don’t like about our life? It’s also because of the choices we’ve made and the actions we’ve taken.

 

Now, obviously, I’m not saying that you’re 100% in control of everything that ever happens to you. But you are responsible for how you react.

 

Let’s say you’re not thrilled with the veterinary field right now. You graduated school, you made it this far, and now you’re feeling less than satisfied, frustrated with your job and clients and bosses.

 

Can you control when clients get angry with you? Not necessarily. But how are you reacting to their anger? Are you able to let it go or are you carrying it with you for days?

 

Can you control if your boss decides to mess with your schedule or override your decisions? No, but you can choose to either let those things happen but complain about them, you can choose to let them go and not be bothered, or you can choose to address them directly with your boss.

 

Every situation we’re in, we have a choice in how we act and how we respond.

 

Now here’s why this is so important. 

 

If we choose to blame our circumstances on everyone and anything around us, then we’re giving our power away. Literally, we’re saying that thing or that person or that event is responsible for our happiness, we have no actual control over it ourselves. 

 

But if we can step back and see where our responsibility in the situation lies, we can see where we might have helped to create the situation…

 

Then, we can make a choice to change it!

 

By owning our responsibility, we are owning our power. We are acknowledging that yes, maybe we created these less than ideal situations, but since we created them, we can also change them!

 

That is a powerful place to be.

 

Once we’ve accepted that we are responsible for our lives, both the good and the bad, we can then choose to make choices that will take us someplace new. 

 

So today, take a close look at your life. What is great about your life? And how did you create that?

 

What isn’t so great about your life? What was your responsibility in those situations?  

 

And now, what steps can you take today to make a positive change? 

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