It’s Not What Happens to You, It’s What You Do About It
– Title of a book by W Mitchell
Throughout the day, all kinds of things happen. There are things that happen that you take control of without even realizing it. There are things that happen that make you angry, helpless, depressed, or fearful. As much as you don’t have control over what happens, you always have control over what you do about it and how you respond to it. You actually have control in every situation because it’s up to you how you respond to it.
When unfortunate events occur, big or small, tell yourself: “This is my situation, this is what happened, and I have control over how I respond to it.” Then ask yourself: “What is the best response to this?” It can mean changing your attitude; it can mean taking particular action. Once you see you have more control of what happens, you will no longer feel like a victim of life. You will be able to direct your life.