Seeing The Opportunities



“When things go wrong, don’t go with them.”
Elvis Presley

In our lives, things will go wrong and there is usually nothing we can do to stop it but what we can do is control our actions after. We have the power to choose how we want to react to a situation. Do you want to re-live the indignation and frustration over and over again, or do you want to take what you can out of it and move forward? Being stuck doesn’t feel good, and you do not have to be there. You have the power to decide.

Once we take responsibility, we stop acting like a victim and waiting for others to help us. You decide to rely on yourself to make the situation better. You become grateful to anyone that helps you which makes them want to help even more.

When things go wrong, it is very natural to regret our decisions that led up to the situation. We regret because we judge our actions with hindsight bias – seeing events that already occurred as being more predictable than they were before they took place.

We spend all our time in the land of ‘if only’ and thinking of what we could’ve, should’ve and would’ve done differently. It is a waste our energy on regrets. Focusing all your energy on what you  will do next to make the situation better and to prevent a similar situation in the future is more productive.

Remember that life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it. Learn from your past actions but do not dwell on it. Look for opportunities in the difficulties you have today…..look for something good in the situation and use it to your advantage.

How we perceive a situation and how we react to it is the basis of our stress. If you focus on the negative in any situation, you can expect high stress levels. However, if you try and see the good in the situation, your stress levels will greatly diminish.’
Catherine Pulsifer


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