Keep Your Chin Up

keep your chin upTimes can get tough and we have all gone through hard times, and yet well all manage to get through them, somehow. What is the secret to being able to keep your chin up and being able to have a good attitude when “it” hits the fan?

Keep Your Chin Up

I sort of gave the answer away earlier but the ability to keep you chin up depends mostly on one’s attitude towards life, so here are a few things to remember to help you do just that… keep your chin up AND still manage to have a good attitude.

  1. It is what it is. – This saying is common and has been for a while, and typically, when it is uttered – it is in a more negative context. By accepting “what is” instead of resisting and fighting, we are more able to deal with “whatever.” Buddha’s famous saying tells us: “It is your resistance to ‘what is’ that causes your suffering.” If you can change something, then do that, change it, but if you cannot then you must “accept the things you can not change.” Accept it and let go of your negativity.
  2. Most problems are not problems. – One thing that I have learned in life about problems is this… for 99% of them there is not a damn thing you can do about them in that minute to solve it. (Meaning you do not really have problem in the present.) That in fact “the problem” is just some ambiguous concept out there that we might want to think is a problem but it is not. So really, it is only a problem if you think it’s a problem. If you think something is a problem, then your thoughts and emotions will be negative. However, if you think it is something that you can learn from, well, that magically makes it not a problem anymore.
  3. Do not compare yourself to others. – Our assumptions about others based on our personal observations are 99% of the time inaccurate as most people only share exactly what they want others to see (good and bad) and nothing more. You never know what someone is going through so never assume that someone has it better than you do, just because…
  4. You are not a victim. – This is my favorite as I spent quite a bit of my life being a victim myself because EVERYTHING happened to ME! Boy was I wrong… shit just happens, period. Take personal responsibility and realize that you can move past hard times, situations, and circumstances. Start by changing your thoughts and actions. Ditch the victim mentality and become victorious instead.
  5. Everything changes and all things pass. – This is probably the biggest reason for me writing this article today… Keep your chin up… because I have to remind myself of exactly that after coming down with a nasty running/hamstring injury yesterday that sent me straight to the physical therapist today. Yes, I am down about being hurt, but at the same time I KNOW that there are probably 100’s of running injuries I have moved past in my 20+ years as a runner, and this one is no different… Everything changes, everything can get better, and this too shall pass.

Keep your chin up when there are problems. Don’t make mountains out of molehills. One of my favorite sayings about people and problems is this, and it kind of goes back to item number three… if everyone gathered in a circle and threw all of their problems into one huge pile, after you saw what everyone else’s problems were, you would race right back in there and take yours back… Or as I like to say… I know the problems that I could have… so I am grateful for the ones that I do have – and that is how I keep my chin up! 🙂

Andy Wooten M.A. Counseling – A Certified Life Coach In Aspen Colorado

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