I’m going to ask you a tough question.
So let me ask you…
Do you view yourself as a victim? Or a victor? Why does it matter?
On the other hand, if you have a victim mindset, you think life is unfair. You complain that other people are “lucky” and “get all the breaks”. When things don’t go your way, you try and console yourself by saying “It’s not my fault!”
In a strange way, when things don’t go as we hoped, there’s something tempting about the victim mentality. It can even seem oddly satisfying. You may not have what you want, but at least you’re not to blame. But where does it get you? More frustrated, more dejected, and further away from the life you want. Not to mention, you feel like the odds are and will always be stacked against you.
So, what’s the difference if you have a victor’s mindset?
If you’re willing to accept that you have control of how you react to life and how you view the world, you take your power back. You can become your own hero and change everything. Like I talked about in my first two podcast episodes, I had what many would call a hard upbringing. Choosing to have a victim mentality would have been easy, and also would have ensured that my entire life was hard. Choosing to view myself as the hero of my own story gave me the ability to see other opportunities for me and realize I wasn’t my circumstances. I was my possibilities.
I have great news for you. Even if you have experienced failure after failure and setback after setback, even if you have a personal history of thinking and acting like a victim, you can choose to change. You can become the hero in your own story. And every time you make that choice, you’ll become mentally stronger and more resilient.
And if you’re like me, I’m guessing you love to hear underdog stories and be inspired by people who persevered against great odds and succeeded in a big way.
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