ANYWAY, I have my LAST final today at 10:30 and then I am FREE...well free for a week before summer classes begin, ha! I've been spending QUITE a bit of my time over the last few weeks devoted to studying and preparing for finals. This has also left me tempted to whine/complain about studying causing me to miss out on other things.
I was sitting at my desk earlier this week feeling a little crazy - papers scattered all around me, empty sources of caffeine littering the ground below me. "This sucks. I don't get to go do ______________, because I'm stuck here studying for a stupid test."
WHOA. Stop the train. Back up a little bit.
What a selfish mentality. Once that thought crossed my mind, I started thinking of other things that cause people to complain:
- Working out
- Eating healthy
- Cleaning the house
- Taking the dogs out
- Getting your car serviced
- Not being able to find a close parking spot
And sadly, the list goes on and on.
Why are we complaining about things that we should view as opportunities?! I realized that so many people around the world don't have the chance to go to school at all and here I am studying for my SECOND bachelor's degree (with plans to go on to get my master's) crying about it. UM BUCK UP, JESSICA.
Time for a mentality shift - I am grateful that I am able to go back to school. I am grateful that I get to (not have to) study. Now it's your turn. Pick something that you find yourself complaining about. Now say, "I am grateful that I have the opportunity to _________________." Sounds a lot less crappy when you shift your mentality a little bit, doesn't it?
For those of you who don't know, I'm a personal trainer. I used to do this with my clients...when they would whine about having to do burpees or whatever other exercise I would tell them that they are lucky to have a healthy body that is able to exercise. They always came back with a look of epiphany on their faces, actually EAGER to do the burpees.
Shifting your mentality and viewing things as opportunities rather than chores is a game changer. Not only will you be more appreciative of your life, you will have a better attitude day to day, which will probably rub off on others. So instead of viewing something as a chore, view it as an opportunity. Be grateful. Spread joy. Be your best you.