This morning I woke up with a familiar feeling– frustration.
Yesterday I worked through a list of thoughts that come up for me when I feel frustrated and picked the one I noticed that felt right on the mark.
I reminded myself that thought was optional.
Then, I asked myself “how do you want to feel?”
Instead of frustrated, I decided I want to feed confident.
So I asked myself how thinking about my circumstance would make me feel confident?
Then I decided what actions I would take if I were feeling confident instead of frustrated, and made another list.
This morning when frustrated came up for me, I noticed it and reminded myself that it was an optional feeling.
I then reminded myself of what I would think to feel confident.
We get to choose our thoughts and feelings, and if you want to feel better, then you have to not only stop playing the old tape keeping you stuck, but you have to actively choose the better thought.
It takes work.
I’ll be honest that I have to redirect my brain several times during the day. But I’d rather redirect my brain 10,000 times a day to feel better than to stay stuck.
Wherever you are right now, no matter how you’re feeling, I want to invite you to a life where you don’t have to feel that way.
It’s waiting for you.
You just have to choose it.
Even if you have to choose it 10,000 times in a day– you get to choose.