Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.
Charles R. Swindoll
Life often throws us curveballs and we are not prepared to catch them. When this happens we sometimes focus on the negative experience and never take time to appreciate the blessings that eventually materialize.
When everything seems bleak and resolving an issue becomes a challenge I go to my file folder of past successes. I have done this for years so I have a large resource right at my fingertips. This practice serves as a reminder that similar issues have happened in the past. It reassures me that not only have I survived them but there have been times where I have even flourished because of them.
In making major decisions I use the process of drawing a line down the middle of my page in my notebook labeling one side “Positives” and the other “Negatives.” I than make a decision based on the obvious conclusion shown in those two columns. This tool has assisted me in making decisions more quickly feeling confident in my assessment of the pros and cons.
In the following memo I received yesterday from my friend from Texas he supports the value of writing down both sides of the experience. It is a confirmation of the importance of writing down both the challenges and successes of a challenging experience or as in this case a week.
NMR’s First Two Weeks in February – The Good, The Bad, The Ugly