The Time Machine (hopefully this link works)

All is clear in 20/20 hindsight, right? Well what if I told you that you could hop into a time machine and change some mistakes you made in your past? What if I told you there was a machine with the ability to change your wrongdoings and to help you see clearly which direction in life to head? Few would pass up this opportunity. Unfortunately, we do not live in a magical world filled with time machines where we can go back in time and fix our problems. What we do have are our minds, which can think up numerous possibilities. What would you tell your former self as a teenager? What would you tell your former self that was so anxious about a situation that never ended up being so bad in the end? Think of a time in your past where you were anxious, unsure or perhaps, unmotivated. What advice would you give yourself?

For example, I hear all the time from people that want to get an education and don’t do it because it will take too long. They tell me that they don’t have four years to devote to school. Some of these people have been telling me these same excuses since we were in our late teens. We are now 30 + and they have reasonable excuses; work, kids, spouses, not enough time. They also have regrets. Every single one of them says to me that they wish they would have realized how short four years of their lives really were and that by now they would have accomplished their goals that they didn’t have time for so long ago. Know what I tell them? I tell them, “Now is the time”.

Let’s get into a time machine, (going to need some imagination here people), think of yourself a year ago from today. Was there a goal or issue you were dealing with? Now imagine going back in time and giving your old self some advice. What would you tell yourself? What would you do differently? Now hop back into that time machine and go back to the future. Now that we are in present time think of what you have learned over the past year. Did you resolve your issues or at least make peace with them? Let’s hop back into that time machine and go ahead one year. How are you doing? Did you lose that weight? Did you start school? Did you land that job? Or are you still waiting for life to happen without jump starting it yourself?

I sometimes do this exercise when I wonder why I am at a standstill in my life or if I feel unsatisfied with myself. I also do this when I need to gain perspective on my future. You have to start somewhere. Somewhere can be right now by planning and setting a future goal. Don’t blame others when really you are the only one that holds the key to your life.

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Never Too Late to Restart Your Day (repost-got deleted)

Lesson learned (again) : It is never too late to restart your day. Never too late.

Today was one of those days for me. I don’t know if it was me or my children, but nothing was going on our normally scheduled routine. My 16 month old daughter refused her morning nap. The morning nap is when I get a chance to not only put myself together, but also the time I get to spent one-on-one time with my son who is almost 4. An hour into trying to put her down for her nap, and after losing my composure in the process, I decided to give up and bring her downstairs with us.

The late morning was equally as challenging. On my way driving to take my son to preschool, I thought about how rough my day had been and what a foul mood I was in. I thought how much better it would feel to just be in a good mood and to be happy. I decided right there and then to change my attitude. I turned the music up and encouraged my children to sing along to the pop song on the radio. Got my son pumped up and excited for his day at preschool and noticed they had a change in them too. They were happy.

The rest of the day was monumentally better. My daughter took a longer than usual afternoon nap and I was able to smile the rest of the day. Overall it was a good day. However, if you had seen and heard me at about 11 am my outlook would have been completely different.

It got me thinking about what I have been preaching for years and years. Change your attitude and change your life. It is never too late to change your attitude. It is never too late to restart your day.

If you read this and only take one thing with you, take this:

What you think is how you will feel
How you feel is how you will act
How you act is how you will be perceived by others
How you are perceived by others is how you will be remembered

So if you’re having a bad day, simply hit the “restart” button and change your attitude and make it a great day!