Each one of us face obstacles in our lives that bring us down. When this happens, we begin to believe there isn’t much to be grateful for; or that perhaps we’re entitled to something different in our lives, as what is currently happening to us is unfair. It’s through these negative thoughts that grace and gratitude are blocked, causing us to stop being thankful for what we already have.
It’s super easy to be spun into a negative cycle – it’s almost more comfortable than shifting yourself into a positive mindset, even in the toughest of situations. Meeting obstacles with gratitude can sound flat-out crazy. However, when you do, your perception starts to shift, resistance loses it’s power and grace finds a home in you.
These days, it seems like everyone has a lot of stress in their jobs. Many are forced to wear many hats, work long hours, and not have well-balanced lives that allow for recharging on the evenings and weekends. This go-on-auto-pilot version of ourselves does not allow for obstacles to be met with anything more than fear, stress, and negativity. So how does one combat that? For one, don’t take things personally at work – ever. But second, take a step back for a second, take a deep breath and try to look at the positive in the obstacle. Is the person pushing you because they believe in your potential? If you weren’t in a negative mood, could it be possible the person is offering constructive criticism that you could be thankful for receiving?
Meeting obstacles with grace is all about perception – taking the time to focus on the positive of a situation. The “everything happens for a reason” motto should always be taken positively, as there is always something the universe wants you to learn and grow from, making you stronger. Did your boss give you a tough assignment with a short turnaround time, that you don’t think you can handle? Sure you can! And, do it well – it could be a great resume builder for you, or lead to better opportunities! Does a coworker feel you aren’t handling yourself well in a situation? Don’t get combative, grow from it – really be honest with yourself and take it as a compliment that they are trying to help you!
When you believe in yourself and your abilities, and you can be thankful for every moment in your life. When you believe in yourself, obstacles are no longer obstacles – they are short hurdles you’ll leap over gracefully. So take a deep breath, close your eyes, and tell yourself, “It’s no big deal, I’m thankful.”