Don’t allow someone’s bad behavior to cause you to be someone you are not. Unknown
How good are you at keeping your peace of mind when other people do things that push your buttons?
The person that continually says things that drive you crazy
The difficult coworker that is always being rude or saying something inappropriate
The driver that cuts you off or the insensitive neighbor that thinks their needs trump yours — the list literally could go on and on.
I used to get so bothered and annoyed when people did inconsiderate things. It used to get under my skin and it was challenging for me to maintain my peace of mind. But, you live and you learn — right?
And, one day I just decided enough was enough. I really had no interest in allowing other people’s bad behavior to affect my own mood and peace of mind.
I finally realized you are never going to really be able to control what other people do or say so why on earth should you allow them to affect your mindset and how you feel? That is just giving away way too much of your power.
It’s All About Your Peace of Mind
There really is nothing more important than our peace of mind and how we feel as we move through the day. It literally affects everything. It impacts the type of day we have today. And, it even affects our ability to shape our future because if we are focused on what someone else has done, we are not focusing all of our attention on enjoying our day and creating the things that are most important to us. It’s like one of my favorite quotes by Ralph Marston explains -
“What we do today improves all of our tomorrows.”
In order to live the life we want, enjoy the moment in front of us and feel good as we move through the day, we always want the best energy flowing. We want to be able to pour all of our good passion and energy into whatever it is we are trying create and that means we never want to allow anyone or anything to get in the way of doing that.
The Possibility of Today:
1. Realize maintaining your peace of mind and good mood is something you can get better and better at. It’s a muscle that has to be strengthened and every time you push yourself to react calmly and not get bothered or upset by someone else’s bad behavior, you strengthen your “peace of mind muscle”.
2. Look at every situation as a test and an opportunity to strengthen your “peace of mind muscle”. As soon as something happens that would normally trigger you getting bothered, immediately decide you aren’t going to get sucked in. Remind yourself it’s just not worth it. Let any anger or frustration rise to the surface, but then choose to put your attention on something else that is more positive. Eventually, any anger or frustration will evaporate as long as you commit to not getting worked up.
3. Go get your “You Time” after an incident. Go for a walk, listen to your favorite song, do whatever you need to in order to preserve your peace of mind. You want to be at least an 8 on the “peace of mind scale”. If something happens that drops you down to anything less, notice that you are a little off and keep doing things that will help restore you to an 8.
Live Today Better than Yesterday.
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