Life is a series of Jedi Mind Tricks... you have COMPLETE control over who you are, what you do, where life takes you and the quality of your life. Sure, things happen along the way that divert your course, but it’s true what they say: life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it. Your ability (or inability) to perform the Jedi Mind Trick on yourself either makes or breaks your happiness and satisfaction in life.
HOW TO USE THE JEDI MIND TRICK: Ready for this extremely profound thought?! Think positive!! Instead of trying to persuade others with the Jedi Mind Trick, use it to persuade yourself! Believe it or not, YOU are the only person who has complete and utter control over who you are and how happy you are.
Ga’head, roll your eyes if you will, but unless you’ve genuinely tried it, you can’t say that it doesn’t work. Keep in mind, I’m a NYer. Cynicism and negativity (aka “realistic views”) were my natural born tendencies. I understand how after-school-special it sounds to actually be giving the advice “think good thoughts and good things will happen”. That’s not the message; plenty of things have happened in my life that negate the wistfulness of “good things happen to good people”. The message is to truly look for the good in every situation and adjust your attitude and response to it.
Your ability to think positively will greatly improve YOUR emotional health, alleviate your stress and make even the toughest of life’s situations at least a little bit easier to handle.
LIVING AS A JEDI: The very second the little voice in your head starts whining, stop it! Literally over power the thought by saying (in your head or out loud – up to you how crazy you’d like to appear in the moment ;) ), “The world isn’t imploding around me!”. Take a deep breath and a step back from the situation and genuinely decide what the worst possible outcome is of the situation. Then find the solution that allows you to truly think “YES, I can handle this and it will be okay”. I promise you, your decision of how to handle a situation is not going to make the sky come crashing down on you!! The worst thing that can happen is that you decide you also don’t like the new outcome of how you chose to handle it... then ya know what you do? Find a new solution and try again! Don’t let it take over you or your life. Remember, at the end of the day you are the only person who can make yourself feel or think anything. Remind yourself over and over that you are not going to let this person or this situation take away from you.
I’m sure some of you are thinking, “No, there are things that happen that I can’t handle” or “I can’t help how I feel when something happens to me”. If you’re still thinking that then you’re right, you can’t handle it. However, allow this thought to penetrate your brain and truly consider it: continuing to think like that IS what is preventing you from being able to handle it.
REALITY OF JEDI LIVING: Don’t expect to see an immediate impact of your “yes thinking”. Trying to change your thinking isn’t going to happen overnight and you’re not going to feel the impact it has on you after an hour of trying to power through a challenging situation. Give yourself the opportunity to see what it can do for you though. Keep trying it over and over and OVER again! Every time you stop trying and you let the negative thoughts take over in a situation you are letting the situation win. Focusing on living like a Jedi will help YOU be the winner...
Besides, people enjoy being in the company of winners but nobody likes a whiner!! ;)