“All I am doing is making the conscious choice to perceive challenges as something beneficial.”
- Jim Carrey
This incredibly insightful quote from Jim Carrey, highlights for us all that yet again, it’s all about perspective.
How many of us get caught up in our day to day lives, seeing life as it happens to us, never questioning how it is we’re actually looking at those things that are happening? How many of us just see life as happening to us!? Tony Robbins has brought up a great point about this concept: what if we stopped looking at life as something that is happening to us, and instead looking at life as something that is happening FOR us? What if you looked at challenges as something that was happening for you, instead of something that was holding you back? Something truly incredible happens in this shift of our perspective.
That something is freedom. Once we begin seeing opportunity in and being grateful for what most would call challenges and obstacles, we’re free. A huge weight is lifted from our shoulders as challenges are now simply stepping stones, instead of hindrances. No longer do we worry about adversity and challenge, instead we greet them with a firm handshake and a smile that says, “good to see you again”.
There’s something else too that’s incredibly freeing about this concept as well, and that’s the simple fact that we have made the choice to change the way we view something. It was our CHOICE. Again, most times we think things in life are absolute, we wouldn’t even begin to assume that we have a choice when it comes to our feelings, our situations, and how we react to them. What an amazing thing it is to have the ability to grow and to decide to make a conscious choice about how we feel, or how we see someone, or how we see a situation.
What choice will you make next time you’re confronted with what seems like a challenge? Smile and shake hands? Or retreat, and let fear win the war? The choice is yours, but if we find out that you’ve treated our friend Challenge wrong… we’ll hack your instagram and post those photos from that little Vegas trip you took with the crew… Yeah, those photos… lol!
Until next time gang!
Today is the day.