There are an infinite amount of numbers between 0 and 1. There’s 0.1, and 0.11 and 0.112 and an infinite collection of others. There is an even bigger infinite set of numbers between 0 and 2, or 0 and a million.
When we spend every second obsessing over negative thoughts, it isn’t just the 86,400 seconds that we’ve wasted in the day. There is so much more behind it all. So many more numbers, thoughts, feelings and emotions.
If we were to break this post down into numbers, and what they represent, we’d realise it’s so much more than just a symbol on paper. So let’s do exactly that.
1. We’re so quick to see everything that’s going wrong, and focus purely on these negative thoughts. But when it comes to positive thoughts, it seems to be an unfamiliar territory. All it takes is 1 negative thought in the morning to set you up for failure for the rest of the day. However dire the situation may be, it’s crucial to avoid allowing yourself to think these negative thoughts.
2. Don’t always assume you are right and another is wrong. We tend to judge ourselves by our intentions and others by their actions. Sometimes we’re the ones at fault, and it takes a strong character to admit it. When replaying a scenario or situation in our mind, our emotions tend to get the better of us, and what may have been a simple disagreement suddenly seems to become a whole lot worse. We remember everything the other person said, yet struggle to remember what we said in the heat of the moment. Just remember it takes 2 to tango. Admit when you’re wrong, apologise when it’s right, and learn from these very moments.
3. I once read about a gratitude exercise, which summed up, basically means every night before you go to sleep, take a moment out to reflect on your day. To think of 3 things that went well for you during the day. It sounds pretty simple doesn’t it? But remembering to do this daily, even on the days that may not have been easy for you isn’t as simple and straight forward as it may initially seem. It takes practise, as does a lot of things in life to train your mind to learn to do something new. But once you practise this and make it a part of your routine, you’ll be glad you did,
And last but not least is 0.
0 is the amount of times you should apologise for being yourself. I stopped explaining myself when I realised people only understand from their level of perception. Most people don’t see you, they only see their image of you, however far-fetched it may be.
0 is the number of seconds you should spend worrying about something that may or may not happen. The number of seconds spent consumed with worrying thoughts of what the future holds. If you stress too much about something before it happens, you basically put yourself through it twice. I’ve learned that what is meant for you, will reach you even if it is beneath two mountains. And what isn’t meant for you, won’t reach you even if it’s between your two lips.
0 is the number of minutes you should spend on someone who really doesn’t value your time. Minutes that you could use to show all the genuine people in your life how much they mean to you. 0 is the number of minutes you should waste creating sunshine for those who leave you in the rain.
0 is the amount of hours you should waste doubting yourself, your values, your beliefs and your capabilities. There are enough people out there willing to doubt you, without you adding to the pile too. You have to wake up each day with the strength to tackle whatever life chooses to test you with that day. It doesn’t mean that you’ll be victorious each time, but it does mean you go to sleep knowing you gave it your all, and will try again tomorrow. It’s not what you are that holds you back, it’s what you think you are not that keeps you from believing in yourself. Your doubt can create mountains to stand in your way, but it’s your faith that can move them.
0 is the number of days you should spend looking back at your past. Learn to forget yesterday, it’s already forgotten you. Instead look forward to what’s yet to come, and accept the realisation that the past has no power over the present moment. When your past calls, don’t answer. It has nothing new to say.
Sometimes what sets you apart can sometimes feel like a burden and it’s not. And a lot of the time, it’s what makes you great. Believe in yourself, trust your gut, work towards your dreams, and always show yourself kindness. Somewhere, between the person you want to be, the person you pretend to be and the person you see every day in the mirror is the amazing person you really are. You are extraordinary, and the world deserves to see it and know you.
You’ve got this x