This is a continuation of my post on Circumstances from a few days ago.
In my last post I talked about the opportunity we have to choose joy in all circumstances. Today I want to talk about another opportunity we have. The opportunity to change our circumstances.
While I do believe that we should make the most of every circumstance we are in, I also believe that we have the power to change a large majority of our circumstances.
Some circumstances are even brought on by choices we make. I heard someone say recently that they had decided to no longer complain about things in their life that they had chosen. For example, I choose to live in Texas. It’s HOT here in the summer, but if I really wanted to, I could choose to move anywhere in the world. So I have to decide not to complain about the heat, because I’m the one who bought a house here.
That is a pretty mild example, but you get the idea.
I think there are 3 things that we must do to take control of our circumstances:
- Take ownership of the situation you are in. If you work at a job you hate, realize that no one forced you to work there. At some point, you made a decision to sign on the dotted line and become an employee of that organization.
- Decide what your ideal situation would be. If you don’t like the job you have now, don’t just sit and complain about it, figure out what you would rather be doing.
- Take action. Once you figure out what your ideal situation would be, start working towards it with everything you have. If single moms can raise kids, work and go to school, I’m sure you can find the time and resources to do what you need to do to make a career change.
I don’t mean to be harsh at all, I do however mean to be empowering.
Sure, some situations suck and there isn’t anything you can do about them, but why not focus on the situations you can control and do everything you can to change them.