Sitting around waiting for your life to improve is the strategy of a fool. I know because I tried it long enough. Waiting for the universe to shower us with goodies is incredibly lazy – worst of all it doesn’t work. If we want out life to be different, we have to become a different person.
If you are an excessive worrier, like me, it means you are highly skilled at spotting potential threats in your environment. This ability could keep you alive if you lived in the middle of a warzone, but under normal conditions it prevents you from getting the most out of life. The good news is you can train your brain to focus on the positive.
My six year old son has started to tell people that I used to be a doctor. I understand his confusion – the idea of a male nurse just doesn’t exist here in Thailand. If he tells people that I used to be a พยาบาล (pronounced ‘pha yaa baan’), they just laugh and say that he must mean หมอ (pronounced ‘maaw’).
Do you think it is possible to feel grateful while at the same time experiencing a high degree of stress in your life?
I don’t believe this is possible. I’d go so far as to say that my periods of high-stress are always associated with a lack of gratitude. I can only feel stressed when I’m focusing on what I don’t have rather than what I do have.
Do you get plenty of great ideas for how to improve your life, but you just don’t have the motivation to take action?
Maybe some type of fasting diet can provide the extra bit of energy you need to get things done.
Most people I know are going to answer with an emphatic ‘yes’ to the question above. These individuals are sure to have convincing justifications to explain their lack of motivation – too much work, not enough time,too many commitments blah, blah, blah – but there are plenty of guys out there achieving amazing things despite the busyness of their schedule.