Recently, I shared a video on Facebook where I talked about the importance of choosing JOY and why it is important. I was reminded of an experience that happened to me earlier that week. The week was hectic and my schedule was overflowing. I looked down at my gas gauge in my car and noticed that my tank was half full. I continued on my way and decided that I would wait until another time to refuel. A few days later, in the middle of more schedule requirements, I noticed that my tank was now very close to empty and I needed to refuel immediately. At this particular moment, I found myself in an area of the city that I was unfamiliar with, but I had no choice but to stop. I got out of my car and proceeded to fuel my tank. I noticed a sign on the gas pump that indicated that regular gas was the only type of fuel available. I normally fill my car with premium gas, but in this instance, regular was the only option and I had to take it. This experience taught me a number of lessons about choosing JOY!
1. Choose J.O.Y because it is Just On You! We are responsible for keeping our tanks full and not allowing ourselves to become depleted.
2. If you delay filling your emotional tank, you may put yourself in territory that is unfamiliar to you such as fatigue, anger, depression, etc.
3. If you are not proactive about choosing J.O.Y, you may put yourself in a situation where your options are limited and you have to accept whatever others are willing to offer you.
Earlier in the week I mentioned to my husband that I needed gas and he also intended to fill the tank for me but time got away from both of us. The lesson...
Even when our friends and family have the best intentions in helping us to fill out tanks, the responsibility still falls on US. Joy belongs to YOU and you must maintain it! Choose to operate in FULL JOY!
Keep your tank full!
Do not deplete yourself and find yourself in situations that are unfamiliar.
Fill your own tank so you are not forced to settle for what others are willing to offer you.
A full tank will allow you to have options that an empty one will not.
Empty tanks may force you to settle for the basic things in life, when you deserve the premium things!
I was having a conversation with a client the other day and we were discussing how to move beyond mental barriers and negativity. I asked her to describe some of the obstacles in her life. Her first sentence was "I always attract negative people." WOW! Let's examine this sentence. The word "always" indicates 100% certainty that something will happen. There is no room for change or a different outcome. By verbalizing that she "always" attracted negative people, she opened the door to negativity with a 100% success rate! I challenged her to restate the sentence by saying "I no longer attract negative people." Let's examine this sentence. By saying "no longer" it opens us up to the possibility of change and the expectation of a different outcome. Because she "no longer" attracted negativity, she had to make better choices in her life. It challenged her to take inventory of the people and decisions in her life that had contributed to her current state. By verbalizing a new way of viewing her life and refusing to accept negative behaviors in those she invited into her life, it enlightened her. Be cautious about the things that you speak into your life through your words and perspective. Sometimes a simple change in language can provide a new way of approaching an old situation. In what ways have you guaranteed a negative outcome in your life just by the way you spoke or thought about the situation? Stay positive! Stay ready! Onward and upward in success!