People often resist the word “change” because they simply can’t deal with it. The word “shift” is much easier to grasp, especially when it is used in a humorous and playful way. Shifting your attitude doesn’t seem as difficult as changing your attitude. It seems easier to manage.
This month we read Get Your Shift Together by Steve Rizzo, and it discusses the difference between a change and a shift. Rizzo explains that if you shift your focus and way of thinking, you can turn challenging times into opportunities. You can grow in any situation. It may take a few tries, but you will only continue to improve.
The premise of this book is to shift your mindset. Whether you find yourself in a life-changing debacle or a long line at the grocery store, it’s all about your reaction to the situation. How someone reacts to a scenario can affect the outcome for yourself and those around you. Nobody is perfect, and things happen in life. But, you can choose how you react.
“People do a lot, you know. They set goals, have dreams, and instead of enjoying the process, they expect immediate results, instant gratification, and a guarantee that they’re doing the right thing. And when things don’t go the way they want, or as fast as they want, they panic, and then themselves open to fear and other negative emotions.”
This passage holds a lot of truth. In today’s world, people expect instant rewards and instant feedback (we blame social media for that one!). Everyone wants to succeed, but it’s important to enjoy the process and learn from it.
Have you read Get Your Shift Together? Or know of any other books we should check out? Let us know!
Until next time,