There are so many great books to read and from each one I have a favorite Idea. In “Solving For Happiness, by Mo Gawdat includes many bookish weapons so I am going to go e you two here. They are powerful.
First, let’s look at what you control and what you don’t control in life. That would be nice to know wouldn’t it. Then you could forget about later and focus on the former.
You Don’t Control Anything, Except
Gawdat says that, “Between Black Swans and butterfly effects, nothing is under your control,” He says the only thing under your control is your actions and your attitude.
So think about that for a minute. Nothing is under your control! For some of you this is a scary thought and you will give yourself all sots of reasons why it isn’t true. Maybe you’re right, but give this some consideration. I think it is a serious weapon to have in your arsenal. It helps you focus on your attitude and your actions. Remember, nothing happens until you take action.
This morning I was climbing a mountain, as usual and I was able to get some fantastic photos. If I had not taken the action to get myself out of bed at 1:30 AM and off to the mountain there would be no outside adventure or photos.
The Interrogation – Bookish Weapon Number Three
This is really a weapon that could stand alone, but You are getting this as a bonus today. The interrogation is to be used when things are not looking so good and your mind is churning out the “what if” questions. So instead of those, ask yourself these:
What is the worst thing that can happen?
How likely is it?
Is there anything I can do now to improve this scenario?
Can I recover?
What will happen if I do nothing?
What is the best case scenario?
This is a solid way to access any potential adversity!