Free Session: Changing Outcomes

It has been said, doing the same thing over and over again, and expecting a different result is “the true definition of crazy”.

My high school varsity basketball coach used to say, “You get out of it, what you put into it.”

At first, I thought he was just spouting one of his coachisms like, “There’s no ‘I’ in team”. However, quickly realized he was trying to ingrain in us to always be ready and willing to put in extra work to improve our  game.

The same can be said about life. We get out of it, what we put into it.

Engaging in stagnating or self-defeating behaviors over and over again, and expecting different results is unrealistic.

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Positive outcome requires positive input. Meaning, to get positive outcomes in your life, you must be willing to incorporate positive behaviors into it. Positive is defined as “good, affirmative or constructive qualities or attributes.”

Of course, things are always easier said than done, right?

One way to do begin incorporating more positive behaviors in your life is by learning to IDENTIFY troublesome feelings and their accompanying behaviors. Then, learn to PRACTICE positive responses to those feelings. Positive responses will lead to positive behaviors. Positive behaviors will lead to positive outcomes.

While I love sharing, I’m equally passionate about the exchange of ideas. Share your opinion about what you’ve read in “The Floor Is Your’s” section below.

O. Salim Thornton, CWC, TCI-T

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