Take A Look At Yourself In Your Life Mirror

Let’s take a look at two ordinary days in your life.
On the first day, you wake up in the morning feeling well rested and ready to start the day on the right foot – it’s  beautiful outside and the sun is shining brightly.  The birds are chirping and you can smell the rich coffee aroma wafting up to your bedroom. You get up out of bed with a smile and great mental attitude knowing that today will be a fantastic day!

Getting to work is a breeze.  You move through your work with ease and  manage to finish that big project ahead of schedule.  Getting home is just as smooth as it was in the morning and you finish up your day with a relaxing and enjoyable evening at home with your family.  This was an ideal day!

On the second day, you wake up after having a restless night’s sleep.  Feeling sleep deprived, you notice that it’s grey and cloudy outside.  There’s a crack of thunder and it begins to pour.  You can’t smell the coffee brewing and realize that you forgot to set the timer.  With a sigh, you get out of bed with a negative attitude and know that it’s going to be a long day.

Getting to work is a nightmare.  You can’t seem to get motivated to get through your work and you end up spending your entire day looking at the clock and wishing it was time to go home.  The drive home from work is even worse than in the morning and by the time you get home, you just want to crawl into bed and forget that this day ever happened.

Sound familiar?

What is the difference between these two ordinary days?  Only one thing – YOU!!

The Life Mirror

Life is like a mirror.  Think about that.

One side of the mirror is your mental state.  This is your attitude, positive or negative, and your feelings.  The other side of the mirror is the reflection of your mental state.  This is your external world and the results you are achieving in that world.  Right about now you are saying, “Wait a minute!  The world happening around me has nothing to do with my current mental state.”

Au contraire, mon ami – the world IS a reflection of your mental state.  How can this be?  How can your internal world create your external world?  Let’s take a look.

First, and foremost, your mental state influences your behavior and your actions.  When you have a good attitude, positive actions come easily.  Conversely, when you have a negative attitude, everything seems so difficult to do.

People around you observe and are influenced by your behavior and actions.  When you are positive and optimistic, the people that are attracted to you will be of like mind and influence. When you are negative and pessimistic, you will find that most of the people you attract into your life will possess the same characteristics.  The things you achieve in your life are affected in the same way.

The results you receive and the people you associate with influence what you perceive in your world and your perceptions influence your mental state thereby completing the circle.

It is completely in your hands to control how you perceive the world and your mental state. You have the ability to choose to see the negative or the positive in any given situation simply by changing your state of mind.

Experience The Life Mirror In Action

You can experience the power of the life mirror at any time.  Simply start by thinking about the people you surround yourself with.  To see this in action, try these two simple exercises:

1.  It’s easy to tell a lot about an individuals inner world by looking at their outer world. People are always wearing masks to try and hide their mental state, but if you look closely, there are always little clues that tell the real story – how they dress, how they walk, the way they keep their house, their behavior.  These subtle signs tell far more than they are sometimes willing to admit.

2.  Make a conscious effort to portray a positive attitude for an entire day.  Do this even if you are not in the best of moods.  Make a point to smile, say hello, open doors and say, “Have a great day!”  Observe how people respond to you.  You will immediately notice that people will become more positive and friendly.  The biggest beneficiary of you attitude adjustment will be you!  Your change of attitude will be a magnet for positive energy and positive results in everything you do.

As you can clearly see, you have the power to change your world just by changing your mental state.  If you want better results, you first need to create a better you!

Susan Karim

Time Management and Personal Effectiveness Coach

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