Are You a Prisoner?

Men are not prisoners of fate, but only prisoners of their own minds.

– Franklin D. Roosevelt

There is a saying that life is 20% what happens to you and 80% what you do with it.

“Stuff” happens to all of us. Sometimes more frequently than we want or more severe than we can manage at that time. The critical point here is that every time something happens to us we have a choice on how to handle the fallout, the mess and the opportunity it presents.

Yes, I said opportunity. It’s an opportunity to grow. Once I had a financial issue that caused me some pain and difficulty. I was talking with a friend or mine about it and said I wish I had seen it sooner.

His reply shocked me. He said, and I quote, “That’s called experience.”

I didn’t like it at the time. Now though I see it that way and relish in the opportunity it gave me to grow. It was a necessary step and a lesson that I needed to keep on growing. If I let the circumstance stall my progress, then I would have been a prisoner in my own mind. I may have gone around in circles forever.

When I saw it as an opportunity to learn from my experience I made the adjustments to leverage the circumstance into a more profitable relationship. Now when “stuff” happens I know that there is a silver lining in the experience, even if I cannot see it right now.

Action Step: When “stuff” happens ask yourself, “What can I learn from this?” Then wait for the answers…they may surprise you.

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