Quality Magazine

Jim's Gems: Stop and Think

June 27, 2011
When we are tempted to feel resentful or sorry for our self, we must stop and understand that such feelings will only intensify our difficulties.



Have you ever stopped to think that we choose to become angry? No one decides this for us. Before we make this choice, we need to consider that our anger is not likely to achieve anything. Well, nothing positive anyway. We need to remind ourselves that there is a more positive and productive response available.

Before we allow unexpected distractions to throw us off course, consider that we do have another choice. We can choose to move quickly beyond the distraction, and to stay focused on our original tasks.

When we are tempted to feel resentful or sorry for ourselves, we must stop and understand that such feelings will only intensify our difficulties. Choose instead to feel gratitude and to experience the real empowerment it can bring.

If we just don't feel like making the effort, we must stop and rethink. Make the most of each opportunity to create value before that opportunity slips away.

When it seems that nothing is going our way, consider that in every defeat there are the seeds of triumph. Choose to find the positive aspects and to build on them.

Before we give our time, energy and effort to negativity, stop and thoughtfully consider the implications of what we're about to do. We need to give our self the chance to choose a more positive and enriching path. It’s there so don’t let anger-or the negativity-disguise it.