So after I created my Life List, I studied it and pondered about which goals or more specifically which area of goals I wanted to achieve first. I decided that it would be those goals related to Finances/Freedom. After setting up a strict budget using the smartphone app Mint and some self-discipline, I successfully paid off all my credit card debt, which I talk about in my post entitled: Accomplished: #157 on My List of Life. I have decided to continue on the path to becoming debt free. Next on the docket is paying off my student loan and my line of credit.
To help me pay off my debt, I picked up a job where I work overnight hours, in addition to my job during the day. Given that the job is nothing glamorous, there are a lot of people who just don’t show up, thus screwing up the whole schedule. Since I already work full time during the day, I work three shifts a week. I had a discussion with my manager who explained that my shifts on the next schedule, would change to more reasonable hours, so that I would have time to sleep before heading off to my day job. I appreciated her concern and was looking forward to a more balanced sleep schedule and some time to just relax. Imagine my surprise when I went to work only to find that I had been scheduled two extra shifts at the same crappy hours.
Needless to say, I went a bit crazy, negative thoughts filled my head and I started to complain. I was blaming everyone and my attitude did a 180; I was falling into my old ways. I went from being cheerful and working hard to yelling and slacking off. Then I remembered the commitment that I had made: I told myself that I would do whatever I could do to achieve my goals and make my dreams come true; that there would be no more wasted opportunities.
Getting myself into the right frame of mind, I slowly began to think about where I was and the reason I was there and the promises I had made to myself. Soon enough I began to think about the end goal and that the hours of work and the sacrifices that I have been making in terms of sleep and any leisure time, would translate into money, which would ultimately help me pay off my debt even faster.
So I basically had two choices, I could either complain and be miserable or I could be grateful and appreciate the opportunity that I had been given. I realized that I was blessed enough to have the ability to work two jobs, because there are people out there who would do anything for even one job. So this is my experience about perspective and the difference it can make. This is to remind you that in any given situation you have the choice and the power to decide how it will effect you. I chose to be thankful for the opportunities that I have been blessed with and to make the most out of every situation. I am a firm believer in the Law of Attraction, that says …you attract what you think about, and the more that you think about something (you are putting it out into the universe), more of it will come back to you. I first learned about the Law of Attraction in detail when a friend recommended the film by Rhonda Byrnes entitled The Secret. This film opened my eyes about the power of our thoughts and taught me about having an attitude of gratitude. I also believe that short term pain is definitely worth it for long term gain.
Even though at times it may be hard to see the light, keep at it and slowly your hard work will pay off and you can live your dreams and make them your reality!
What are you grateful for? Is there something in your life that would improve if you changed your perception of it?
Stay strong and beautiful!