Perspective Matters

“2 twin boys were raised by an alcoholic father.  One grew up to be an alcoholic & when asked what happened he said ‘I watched my father’…the other grew up and never drank in his life.  When he was asked what happened he said “I watched my father”…2 boys, same dad, different perspective.  Your perspective in life will determine your destination”

Paints somewhat of a depressing picture does it not?  Any time you bounce around a subject like alcoholism, drug abuse, and the like.  Please look past that and look at the underlying point in this quote.  Life is about perspective; you control your own happiness, your own achievements, your time and energy.  People often believe they have no choice in the matter of whether or not they are happy.  Whether or not they like their job, whether or not they are happy at home, whether or not they have achieved what they want to achieve, or even just whether or not they like what they see in the mirror.  As if it is predetermined for you that this is how its supposed to be.  Well I have news for you…it isn’t.  You don’t like what you see in the mirror when you wake up? You have the choice to change it.  You don’t like your job? You have the choice to change it.  

Perspective on your life can be changed in an instant.  Sometimes it is you lose something that is precious to you and it snaps everything into focus.  Sometimes it is just that one day you said enough is enough I’m tired of being miserable.  You have all seen it at some point or another, been in a job you despised and seen that one employee that is always walking on sunshine.  You think “how the heck is that fool so happy all the time, this jobs sucks”.  Its all about their perspective on it.  They may hate the job, they may think its menial, they may think its stupid, they may think there are better uses of his time, but maybe they love the people they work with.  Maybe they get to work outside everyday and love it, maybe they like numbers or writing a heck of a lot more than you do.  Whatever the case maybe that person is seeing the same job, the same responsibilities, the same hours in a completely different light.  As a result they are happy, they never feel drained or beaten down, they just enjoy the day.  The only difference between them and you was their perspective on it.  

Perspective can be applied to life as a whole, you hate your job, you can either accept you hate your job and be miserable.  Or you can see it as an opportunity to change to something else, do something else, become something else.  Yes it's obviously going to be harder, to start over, to go back to school maybe, to work in your free time until you learn and grow enough to do it full time.  However if your perspective is that you want to be happy, and that it's worth you spending the time to be happy, guess what? You will be happy.  Life is about perspective, so try thinking about things you have to put up with on a daily basis from another light.  Try and change your perspective on it.  Make it Happen-Coach Adam
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