Stress: Bad News - Life is either Poop or Purpose...Good News - You Pick
You’ve seen it happen before…2 huge piles of poop (in the form of bad life happenings AKA STRESS) dump on 2 unsuspecting people.
The first person rises from the steaming pile, sputters and let’s out a scream, “What has life got against me! First, my partner leaves me, then I get fired and now my cat ran away. What have I done to deserve this crud?”
Then you have the second participant. She too rises from the mound of mayhem, sputters and lets out a whoop of triumph, “Wow! I have people in my life who need fertilizer. All I need to do is figure out how to use it to benefit all of us.”
(Really, think about it…most self help authors are the ones who’ve had the poop piled on, figured out a way to turn it from poop to prosperity, and then packaged it to sell to us - they benefit and so do we!)
What’s the difference between Miss “the-world’s-against-me-and-this-proves-it” and Miss “put-on-the-big-girl-panties-and-deal-with-it”?
Why will one see an obstacle blocking their progress while another views it as a challenge to bring out her best?
What transforms a failure into a crowning feat, situations from pointless to prosperous, a malfunctioning life to a life of magnificence?
It's all in how you use your pooper scooper; that part of your mind that filters your experiences and then deposits the results into one of 2 piles, life is either for you or against you.
And you may have been living with the stench and magnitude of one pile but you can learn how to compost it and use it as nourishment in your garden of life.
To start life composting, follow these 3 from stinky-obstacle-into-success-opportunity steps:
#1 Place your compost pile away from & down wind from the house. In other words, decide that when you have a less that wonderful life experience, you are not going to let it invade the other areas of your life.
Your boss bellows at you (maybe she was right, maybe not) and now you’re in a mad mood at work, at home, or even out with the girls that night. You’ve decided to haul around that poop, polluting every thing that you do. Instead, deposit it into your mental compost bin.
#2 Lightly water your pile, not too wet or too dry. This means express your self without explosions.
When something challenging happens it can take you a day or two to work through it. In fact, when a crisis hits, it can take up to 3 days to comprehend everything that it means.
During these times allow yourself to vent, cry, rant, rave, whatever you need to do to let go. Remember though, you do it at the compost bin. So, if the tears begin to well up in the middle of your board meeting, just quietly remind yourself, “Not now. Tonight, when we get home, we’ll spend 10 minutes at the compost bin watering our waste.”
#3 To make sure your life’s poop (experiences) recycles into an excellent soil (life) conditioner, you want to turn your compost pile often.
This is done by getting out and experiencing life; the good, the bad and the mediocre.
What this accomplishes is twofold. A compost pile that is not properly turned can get stinky and so can you, if you sit around ruminating on how life has done you wrong. Turning your pile in the form of new life experiences also accelerates the decomposition process.
In other words, your mind learns from new experiences (skill set) and then transfers those new skills to your current challenge, helping you move through them quicker and easier.
It is up to you to take life’s poop and turn it into a purposeful plan to enhance your life.
Or you can just sit there stinking up the place with your same old thoughts, emotions and actions…would you just please sit down wind from me, please. Thank you!
Are these some of the questions you just haven't been able to find the answers for:
I'm tired of being tired...what happened to the passionate person I dreamed of becoming?
I get so close to my goal and then I quit or a sabotage myself, WHY?
Anxiety, fear, stress, are overwhelming my life, how do I STOP?!