I remember when I was in school. Each new year held the potential of my doing a good job, staying on top of my assignments, and hopefully getting good grades. I remember getting my books and looking through them with excitement. I really can’t say I was always excited about learning, but there was just something about new things and facing the new school year that brought hope and determination. I not only loved getting all my school supplies (folders, notebooks, etc.) but also remember having fun organizing everything for that first day. I was anticipating great things and determined to do better than the year before.
It’s no secret that the excitement can wear off and what we looked forward to with great anticipation can become less than enjoyable. It’s hard work. It takes up our “free” time and can bog us down during the week and certainly over the weekend. Even if I neglected doing my homework, it seemed to loom over my head like a dark cloud even on a bright, sunny day – something I had to do. It was on my mind even if I tried to ignore it.
As adults, we can certainly experience the same dilemma that many of our students face. How do I keep the momentum going and the excitement from diminishing?
It’s all about the attitude! I know. That’s no surprise to any of you, but sometimes we just need to be reminded. You and I both need to take control of our thoughts and not let them drift downstream like the little toy boat we used to put in the water. It’s time to turn things around.
Sports journalist and radio host, Chuck Wilson, who worked for ESPN radio for nearly 17 years, is known for his strong values and sports education. “There are two things in life of which we have complete control,” he said, “…effort and attitude.” He believes in giving your best effort at the same time “competing honorably, while bringing a positive, fair-minded approach to everything you do.”
Honor and a positive, fair-minded approach to everything! It’s a choice, yet sometimes we need to remind ourselves that we do have control. Control of our attitude which in turn impacts the actions we take each day. Who doesn’t like to be in control? Yet, please don’t stop here!
Although keeping a good positive mental attitude is important, I have a question for you. What’s looming over your head that might be robbing you of the joy of a bright sunny day or a peaceful night’s sleep? Like homework for the student, is there personal work you need to do but keep putting it off? Have you tried to bury the disappointment of a betrayal, the broken heart of losing someone you deeply care about, or a move that has taken you away from all your friends, or a child who is involved in drugs?
Just like the many times you’ve perhaps tried to encourage your child by helping them with tough assignments, let us help you. What you are experiencing with a broken heart over all your hurts and disappointments is grief. The Grief Recovery Method is an evidence-based process that works! Call the number below and start taking control to remove the dark cloud looming over you.