Life Is Unpredictable, But Your View And Reaction Don’t Have to Be
May 3, 2022
“Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re going to get.” That quote is just one of the many reasons I love Forrest Gump so much.
And I’m not the only one; when Tom Hanks said it, it became extremely popular. It was a constant in homes and at the workplace. You’d hear it from your boss at work, and then you’d visit your grandma and she’d say it too.
Lots of things have gone viral since then, but Forrest Gump is unmatched in its depth and lessons that will stay relevant forever.
Why is this quote so popular? Because it reminds us that life is unpredictable. We’re seeing that now more than ever with the pandemic upon us. And we have to decide if we’re gonna sink or swim.
It may seem like being cooped up at home is a bad thing, but it’s actually a great opportunity to take a pause and look back on your life. You have less distractions; you can sit and really reflect on what you’ve done so far.
Think about what’s worked for you and what hasn’t. This is the perfect time to determine which success habits you need to create and which failure habits you need to break. And you have so much time to work on them while you stay at home and stay safe.
I recommend listening to this podcast Are You Ready To Propel Your Life Forward By Transforming Your Failure Habits Into Successful Ones?
Live Your Life In The Present
We can't predict the future, and we can't change the past. All we have is the present. Learning to live in the present moment is one of the most important things you can do for your mental health and well-being.
When you're living in the present, you're not worrying about what could happen or dwelling on what has already happened. You're focused on what's happening right now.
The present moment may not always be pleasant, but it's always real. And when you're able to deal with reality, you're better able to deal with whatever life throws your way.
If you find yourself stuck in the past or worrying about the future, take a few deep breaths and focus on what's happening right now. Pay attention to your breath and the sensations in your body. Notice the sounds around you.
Focus on what you see. And if your mind wanders, gently bring it back to the present moment.
When you're living in the present, you're able to enjoy life more fully. You're able to savor the good moments and deal with the tough moments in a more effective way. So make an effort to live in the present as much as you can. It's the only place where life really happens.
Examining Your Emotional Health in Your Unpredictable Life
When examining your emotional health, you have to think about two things:
The areas in life that are stressing you out
The areas you are passionate about but have been disregarding
It’s best if you approach it using a “Top 3” method: what are the top three things constantly stressing you out? What are the top three passions, things that fill you with enthusiasm and delight, that you have been ignoring.
Take your quarantine as an opportunity to search your soul and reinvent your life. Think about what it is that you truly want to be doing, and figure out how to do it.
Find the habits that take away from your happiness and set a course to break them and replace them with better habits that will lead to your best life. Life is unpredictable, but if you focus on your habits and doing what you need to do, you will be prepared for anything.
Remember, life will go back to normal soon. And if you don’t take action now, you’ll just resume your failure habits and keep neglecting your passions.
Don’t let this perfect opportunity pass you by. Be the person who emerges from this pandemic victorious, taking this unpredictable life by the horns and maintaining a positive outlook on the life you’re creating for yourself.
I recommend listening to this podcast, Best of the Emotional Health Core
Fire On All Cylinders!
This week we’re talking about emotional health, but every week we will examine each core so you can learn how to reinvent your life in all five cores. After examining each core and enacting change, your life will be completely transformed into the one you want to live. Create success habits.
Tune in to your passions. Take each piece of chocolate with the confidence that you can handle all the unpredictability of your life.
Making change takes commitment, especially with life being unpredictable. You have to follow through on your intentions. If you take care of your mindset, you can survive and thrive in any situation to achieve new levels of success.
Prioritize new goals for your physical health, new ideas for your career and finances, and deeper relationships with the people you love. And, of course, the emotional health that has you feeling relaxed and ready to take on the world.
Write down your “Top 3” things that you have been wanting to do but you’ve been neglecting because “life was getting in the way.” I have a few examples for you, but make sure whatever you decide on is what truly ties into your passions and will bring you joy.
-- Start a book club
-- Take an online musical instrument class
-- Paint following a Youtube video
-- Make a list of recipes to experiment with
***Bonus points if you share your ideas with the group on my 5 Core Life Facebook Group page!
Want to know where you stand in the five values of life tied to happiness (your five cores)? Take this two-minute Core Values Quiz to get your core score in the five values of life.
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