I'm one of many happy funny motivational speakers who seems to be pretty positive most of the time. So when people ask me if I really am this happy I tell them yes – because I choose to be. And when I say that – I always get some person who asks me, "Well, don't you have a bad day every once in a while?" To which I respond, "Yes, if I choose to."
Okay, I know what you're thinking. "But what if…(insert situation here: The car dies, the roof starts leaking, I get fired, my butt falls). Yes, those things happen in our lives. No one is immune from these kinds of experiences. However, I believe there is a bigger picture…
Almost every human being absolutely has the capability to view their situation in anyway they CHOOSE. There actually IS (believe it or not) a powerful moment that exists between the actual event or series of events – and your decision about what that event or series of events means. And that DECISION impacts how you FEEL.
If I have ten things go wrong in one day, instead of calling it a "bad day," I might decide it's a "mystery." I can decide it's reeeeeally intriguing that so many crazy things are happening in one day. I can view it as a "comedy of errors" – which makes me want to laugh in disbelief. I can view it as a "sign from God" that I need to slow down, re-evaluate my priorities, breathe. I get to make this choice every single time. AND, if I want, I can absolutely CHOOSE to call it a "bad day" and just go wallow. I have that choice. And believe me, I have MADE that choice many times in my life. The deal is that I just need to OWN that choice, wallow in my misery for "x" period of time – and then move on.
But here's the important part: I look at what OUTCOMES I'm going to get from each of those choices. The choice where I decide that this string of events has created a comedy of errors – makes me laugh and keeps me going. I still feel happy. I still produce. I get things done. I'm nice to be around. My husband enjoys my company. My clients enjoy working with me. My work is good.
The OUTCOMES I get when I call this a "bad day" are on the other end of the spectrum. I get angry, depressed, cranky. I don't want to do ANYTHING but eat ice cream and rail against the world. Oh the injustice of it all! Why me? What did I do to deserve this? My husband walks in, takes one look at me and suddenly remembers an errand he must run. I get NOTHING done in the way of work. If a client calls and I have a conversation with them, I can't imagine my depressed energy would inspire them to want to book me. In other words, my outcomes SUCK with my choice to call this a "bad day."
So, let me ask you. Are you having a bad day? The choice is yours.
From your happy motivational speaker Linda Larsen who is having a FABULOUS day – because she says so