If you think you can do a thing or think you can’t do a thing, you’re right, said Henry Ford. What we think at the start of the day may determine the mood for the rest of the day.
Life has its challenges as our aging parents may have reminded us. There are people who face whatever is before them and do their very best to push through. Yet there are some who always have these words:
“I deserve it”
“You owe me”
Our future is in our head…the choice would be victim or victor.
According to Dictionary.com a victim is a person harmed, injured, or killed as a result of a crime, accident, or other event or action. Victor is a person who defeats an enemy or opponent in a battle, game, or other competition.
Notice three keywords in a victim…harmed, injured or killed. Unless we have been wronged in those three ways, we have to be victor and not let circumstances defeat us.
Everything starts with a thought. Henry Ford had a thought of making available multiple automobiles, thus revolutionizing the American transportation and industries in general. He had a global vision and had friends that thought the same ways. Among many were Thomas Edison and Harvey Firestone. These two gentlemen, like Henry Ford, need no introduction to the American people.
These three industrialists were pioneers during the days when many said whatever they want cannot be done. Your aging parents or grandparents may have vivid memory of these men and have taught you lessons about their lives, lessons on facing challenges, having visions and making things happened. These are pioneers and contributors of the American culture and success.
What sets them apart and how do we gear up our mind and our aging parent’s mind to have a victor’s mindset and eventually get what we want each day?
1. Do we believe in ourselves or do we believe in the negative people we hang out with? One interesting quote from Steve Maraboli: ‘If you hang out with chickens, you’re going to cluck and if you hang out with eagles, you’re going to fly.’
2. Do we believe in the media and let the media influence our thought? Most news channels have negative stories and events broadcasted live everyday. We are undergoing a brainwash if we allow our ears to listen to them all day.
3. How is your self-esteem? Many of us are told we are ugly, stupid or not good enough by our peers, family members, teachers and coaches intentionally or unintentionally.
4. Are you afraid to embrace new ideas, get a new job or move to another town for a better job?
5. Dave Ramsey asked this question on his site: What is your mission? Get a game plan so you know where you’re going. If we don’t have a plan we are living our life by chance.
Knowing where we are going with our life and the lives of our elderly parents will help us get what we want and live a more harmonious victor’s lifestyle.
Your aging parents and grandparents may be overcomers of the great depression or wars and have great insights about living with a victor’s mindset. Yet as they get older, all control is gone and now with a set of new challenges, they may be helpless.
A daily check-in call could be the lifeline, the joy you give someone that makes the biggest difference in their perception of what old age is like.
Contact me at 317-480-1038 today. Let’s make a difference together.
I’m Diana Beam, Founder of Keeping in Touch Solutions. It is my heartfelt desire for every person to live a happy and healthy life in the place they call home, no matter what their age. You can’t put a price on peace of mind for your parents and yourself. It’s priceless . . . and significant.
For that reason, the goal of every Keeping In Touch Solutions program is to provide a caring connection and service that both the elderly and their caregivers can rely on to make living that good life easier.
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