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A Positive Attitude Can Improve Your Life
Thursday, February 23, 2017 6:45 AM

Steve Stovall, AVP, Credit Union Resources

The simple things in life are important. I’m reminded of that every day when my son wakes up. He’s usually in a pretty good mood, especially after he gets a clean and dry diaper first thing. One morning, he was a bit cranky. He just couldn’t wake up. That is, until he saw a bottle that my wife had just made for him. Once he saw that, his frown turned into a smile, and his two little hands reached out for breakfast—little man was hungry! His life is pretty simple. Keep me in a dry diaper, feed me when I’m hungry, and hold me when I need attention.

If only it was that easy for the rest of us.

There are impediments that make our life harder than we’d like it to be, both at home and at work. It’s important to look at those things and learn how they got there, like, are they in or out of your control? There are three kinds of obstacles:  things you have no control over, things that you can influence but not totally control, and things over which you have total control.

If you have no control over something, let it go. Worrying about things you can’t change is counterproductive and causes you to expend energy. What could you be doing with the emotion and energy that you’re using up on something that you cannot change?

For example, I had absolutely no control over our move into our new building. It costs me quite a bit more in time and expense to drive up here every day. I had been dreading it ever since the move was announced. What have I done to change my attitude? I’ve focused on the fact that we’re now in a class one building that’s clean and smells great with lots of space. We even have covered parking. That’s something I can get behind.

Here at Resources and the League, we’re going through the second phase: things we may be able to influence but ultimately have no control over. While we’re excited about having a new CEO come on board in April, there's some natural apprehension about what will happen. We all know some things may change, but, ultimately, it’s probably not up to us to make those decisions. What can we do? Continue to do our current jobs to the best of our abilities and roll with any changes that may happen later.

When you do have control over something that's causing you angst, change it! Why let something that you can change get in the way of your happiness? Worried about your finances? Get with a certified financial counselor at your credit union. Tired of looking at old wallpaper in your bathroom? Take it off and paint that wall. Want more out of your job? Talk to your supervisor and see what steps you can take to move your career forward. Tired of listening to a fussy baby? Give him a bottle.

Each of us has the responsibility to make our lives better every day. When we do that, the lives of those around us will improve as well. It’s amazing how much you can achieve with a positive attitude.