Satisfaction is a forever moving target. We are never truly satisfied. But with an attitude of reflection, I think we can learn to appreciate the lessons learned and the struggles overcome. Let's face it, like it or not, we are in our present situations because of our past choices. And the places we will be tomorrow will be because of where we decided to go today. Whatever your status I feel that we can gain contentment from a proper focus on our past. In the end, success isn't always about what we have accomplished but more about who we've become on the journey there. Let's look at three points to reflect on pursuing.
1. Values – Our attitudes reflect our values. Each day we spend countless hours thinking and doing things that we consider important. I believe that if we were told we had 24 hours to live we could sum up our values on one hand. We would probably find ourselves trying to maximize those final moments with specific people, places, and things. Those are the people and things we should be content with reflecting and building on daily.
Work to pinpoint your values so you can have clear reflections and directions. Clear values will be those strong physiological guides that are needed to make it through life's difficulties. Your true values might not be lengthy or complex but they will be those simple precise principles that enable you to push through frustrations. Once found, reflect and build strength there.
2. Beliefs - What we believe about life is what we reflect on often. These crucial thoughts cause us to respond productively or unproductively with our lives. Whether by choice or not we formulate our attitudes on the outcomes we believe are going to happen. We find ourselves talking about it, dreaming about it, and ultimately living it.
Direct your beliefs to reflect the truth. Clear and purposeful beliefs that's accurate will escalate you into a clearer focus for success. Pursue what you believe. But know the facts behind them. A solid foundation that you believe is a good reflection to look to during the difficult times of life.
3. Expectations - What we expect is a gauge that determines the direction of our future. High goals result in an attitude that pushes for them to happen. Low goals result in an attitude that's satisfied with whatever happens. We can't have a positive reflection if we have negative images of ourselves and our goals.
Make your expectations realistic but big enough to push your limits. Then set your attitude to reflect positively about reaching your goal. You are the one that determines your outcome. If success is what you expect, settle for nothing less.
Summary - Having a positive teachable attitude is key to succeeding on all levels. Make sure your attitude is focused on what you value the most, rooted in true beliefs and set with realistic expectations that reflect an ultimate objective of long-term goals. You will arrive at the place where you reflect your attention, so reflect positively.