Working With What You Have

Attitude often affects outlook.

By Kevin RR Williams

MOTIVATION Discontentment is a condition of the mind over which most individuals have complete control. You've heard the expression, "I used to complain about not having shoes until I met a man who had no feet." Sometimes it's good to be content with what we have. If you're 5'3" it does no good to stand around wishing you're 5'11". You need to own it — as the composer Ludwig Van Beethoven did.

Weight distributes differently depending upon one's height. So petit people generally require a more vigorous fitness routine. "When life gives you lemons, make lemonade." (Today's the day for colloquialisms.) Below are some thought provoking situations that require us to make do with what's available. Consider when…

  1. Your only tool is a fingernail.
  2. Your longest lock of hair comes from your eyebrows.
  3. Your idea of getting in shape means fitting in an armchair.
  4. The only shoes in your size are tennis and sandals.
  5. You have a pear shape with a wardrobe for apples.
  6. Even on your tiptoes you can't see above your navel.
  7. You're the product of loving but unattractive parents.
  8. Your checkbook's most valuable asset is it's use as scratch paper.
  9. A fancy meal means thawing a package of Budget Gourmet.
  10. The heels on your stilettos are thicker than your calves.
  11. The only welcome received when you come home is on a doormat.
  12. Your chronic illness does not yet have a cure.

Overcoming Obstacles

If you look closely, not all things on the list are unsurmountable. Whether it's aging, strength, appearance, weight, education, locality, workplace, or a chronic illness, a key to success is being able to distinguish between the unchangeable and the challenges that can be overcome. This may require looking beyond the obstacle or learning a new set of skills.

“People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don't believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and if they can't find them, make them.” ― George Bernard Shaw

Billionaire entrepreneur and author Keven Daum advises, "To overcome business or personal obstacles, you must master these areas":

  1. Embrace Self-Awareness — If you don't see the obstacle or believe it's a hindrance, you'll never reach your goals, blaming everything and everyone but the person responsible.
  2. Use Time to Your Advantage — Set a preliminary schedule with clear milestones so you can track forward or backward progress.
  3. Commit to Focused Discipline — Make the obstacle the No. 1 priority and focus on it every day until it's gone.
  4. Engage Your Own Creativity — Take time to think things through and find creative solutions that bring fun and progress.

Sometimes the main obstacle to improvement is attitude. Now go out and work with what you have, change the "unchangeable," accomplish satisfying goals, and perhaps wear a bit longer garment with those stilettos.

Tags: body image, determination, encouragement, idiomatic expressions, motivation

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