Many people believe that their circumstances dictate how their story goes. However, your outlook, negative or positive, actually determines your outcome. Your thoughts, words, and beliefs carry weight and play a significant role in what does or doesn’t happen to you. You are not a victim to what is going on in your life. In fact, it is quite the opposite.
Recently, I read a book that challenged the way I approach my own life. The book is called “The Energy Bus 10 Rules to Fuel Your Life, Work, and Team with Positive Energy.” Author Jon Gordon tells a fictitious story about a man named George whose life was falling apart. After a series of unlikely events, George boards a local bus one morning as a last resort to get to work. Over time, the bus driver and fellow travelers on the bus teach him about the power of positive thinking with 10 simple rules they follow on the bus. The most important rule they share with him is this: You’re the Driver of Your Bus.
The bus driver, Joy, challenges the man with a saying from a children’s book. Though simple in words, it is a great reminder to all of us about the power we possess.
“This is your energy bus. You’re the driver. Did you know you can take your bus anywhere you want to go? Say yes three times with me. Yes, yes, yes. You can take it to the movies, the beach, or the North Pole. Just say where you want to go and believe that it will be so. Because every journey and ride begins with a desire to go somewhere and do something and if you have a desire then you also have the power to make it happen.”
You hold the power to change your circumstances. The mind is an incredible tool that can set change into motion. Not happy with your job? Discouraged by your performance? Overwhelmed by pressure? Adjust your thinking. Remember, you are the driver of your bus.
The question remains with you. Where do you want to go? What is the vision you have for your life? Without a vision for what you want and where you are headed, you can’t accomplish anything. Perhaps these few statements below can help you develop a vision and plan for your life. After all, nothing is impossible with the right attitude.
1. My vision for my life is…
2. My vision for my work, career, schooling, team, sport is…
3. My vision for my relationships, friendship, and family is…
I hope you will be inspired to write your story and to write it with intentionality. Regardless of how difficult or impossible things may seem, the choice to keep a positive outlook can change your life!
NASM Personal Trainer