Ok, most male baseball fans might have an inkling where this phrase originated and it certainly brings a deeper meaning to ‘taking one for the team.’ However, that particular meaning is not applicable here. This applies if you feel you are in a slump and trudging through each and every day; looking for a little magic.
More appropriately, it’s really about ‘what is your sweet spot?’ Where is that one spot on your driveway in your neighborhood pickup basketball game you can go to every time and know you are going to nail that basket? Every time…..
Lately though, everything you touch seems to turn to crap, so how do you get the planets back in alignment? Your confidence is at an all time low and you can’t even buy a good hair day.
You know it’s bad when Fido isn’t even happy to see you.
Shake it up
- Change your alarm clock by 15 minutes; one way or the other.
- Drive a different way to work.
- Comb your hair differently.
- Hug a stranger.
- Reach out to a friend you haven’t talked with in over 6 months.
- Don’t wear underwear for a day (ok you freaks, I know exactly which ones are going to come back and say you already go commando).
Will this really help?
Seriously? Want to buy some swamp land in Florida?
But I guess if nothing else seems to be happening for you, might as well try it, huh? Actually, if you don’t get slapped silly, hugging the stranger could be the most fun even if it doesn’t change anything.
All kidding aside, something needs to change doesn’t it?
What if I said, just change your attitude? Not to the ‘obnoxiously happy’ person. But dial it two clicks to the right just so your outlook is one of expectation and not dread.
Expect the best and not the worst. Even if you still get the worst at a particular time; know it’s fleeting.
I might not know all, but I can unequivocally with almost 100% certainty guarantee you life will go on whether you are ready or not. You can take that to the bank my friend.
But it’s so hard for me right now
And I am sympathetic to your plight; I wouldn’t want to wish it on anyone. But there is only one person who controls the switch and that is you.
If it doesn’t kill you, it will only make you stronger. Yeah, those are words of real comfort.
This I know as well; sometimes at our lowest ebb, when we’ve been beat down so much all we want to do is curl up in a ball; can be the impetus for us to achieve our greatest results.
Nobody said it will always be pretty or pleasant, but it’s still life and it will be attitude that determines how your persevere.
You are going through the motions doing something anyway, so do something that will keep you moving forward.
You didn’t make me feel any better
The gist of the post is you and only you control your happiness. If you are looking for it outside of yourself, waiting for someone else to do it for you, you are just setting yourself up for disappointment.
You are unique and pretty awesome enough; get comfortable in your own skin and rock on.