I’ve got a question for you.
Does stress really exist or is it just something that we create for ourselves?
Maybe stress is just a story. Maybe your stress comes from the story that you’re telling yourself. That voice in your head keeps telling you that you can’t do something. Or, it keeps bombarding you with all of these little things that don’t really matter.
You create this story about what you can and can’t do. And the stress builds because of that story.
Change the lens.
Now, I can only talk about my own experiences. But all of the stress in my life always came from my mind.
Unless I was getting chased down the street by an elephant or something, all of the stress came from me.
So much of it came out of my ego and fear.
What if I fail?
I’m too good to not do well at something. So when I don’t do well, the stress builds. That’s ego at play right there. That’s your ego inflating your expectations of yourself to an unrealistic level. And it creates fear that ultimately lead to stress.
For me, most of my stress comes from myself.
Now, I don’t want to get all spiritual on you here. But I will point out that Buddha always taught that acceptance was the path to a happier and more fulfilled life.
Not attachment. Attachment means you’re stuck with the stress.
It’s about acceptance. Accept the things in your life that you cannot change. And appreciate the things in life that make it worth living.
I want you to remember that the next time something bad happens. It could be the littlest thing that your mind seizes and starts to stress about.
Suddenly, you feel stress pulling you down. It’s all coming from your own mind.
Accept whatever it is that’s causing your stress. Accept it for what it is and then focus on ways to change it.
We’re all human. Even our biggest heroes have flaws. You’re not going to get everything perfect every time.
Don’t let the little failures and issues become a big part of your story.
I believe in you.