sometimes it can straight-up suck.
While I was writing this article, I was having a horrible day. I’ll spare you the details, but I realized one thing we all do is seek words of encouragement to lift us up. With that, I discovered turning a bad day into a good day is a lot like motivation.
See, many people believe we become motivated by material things, but in reality, motivation comes from within. No matter how many times you’re bombarded with quotes, pictures, videos, success stores, etc., you’re not going to actually be “motivated” until something clicks within you. Turning a bad day into a good day is similar — it starts with you.
It’s not easy to actively try to turn your bad day into a good day. Why? Well that’s because a bad day is a lot like the big bad wolf (bare with me here…it’s a good example!) He’s going to keep returning to poop on your yard, and each time he’s going to find a new place to lay it out — unless of course, you eventually work up the courage to punch him in the nose.
Now what many people do is simply wait for the big bad wolf to go away. They might ignore the poop or they may clean up the mess; however this wolf eats a lot — he’s only going to come back with bigger presents to dump on your yard. Animal control might help for a minute, but another wolf is bound to come along.
That’s why it’s up to you. If you want that big bad wolf to go away and stay away then you need to go out their and punch it in the nose.
Think of this example in terms of bad vs good. Bad is just as strong as good. It wants to push itself in, stay there. (AKA: This wolf likes your yard and only wants to poop on your yard.) You can either let the bad come and go when it wants, or you can take action and ensure you knock the bad out for good.
Think of this next time you’re feeling angry, sad, or stressed.
1. Will it matter in 5 years?
This is probably the best question to ask yourself. It puts things into perspective, and makes you take a second to really think about the relevance of the situation. Most likely you’ll answer this with, “nope” and realize it’s not worth the stress and anxiety.
2. No one’s life is as picturesque as it looks.
This is why I say it’s very beneficial to step away from social media. It’s so easy to get wrapped up in the lives of other people and all their happy-looking pictures/statuses/posts/etc. But it’s not real. Remember this is a proven fact: We all have bad days.
You don’t know what goes on behind closed doors. So focus on your blessings. Focus on what you’re grateful for. Focus on your life. And stop comparing it to others.
3. You’ll never be able to appreciate the good days if you don’t have any bad days.
Failure is essential to success, just like bad days are essential to life. You can’t improve, you can’t get stronger, and you can’t persevere if everything is always spoon-fed or easily accessible. Short cuts are not the way out, they simply lead to a bigger maze in your journey.
4. There’s a lesson in every struggle.
Surely, you’ve experienced the truth behind this statement. God doesn’t give us more than we can handle. He can’t make everything a walk in the park so if you’re struggling right now, find the lesson within it. How is it going to make you better once you overcome the issue? What’s positive that can come out of the situation? Trust in that, and Trust in Him. He knows what he’s doing.
5. You’re not alone.
Again, everyone has bad days. If someone else is having a good day during your rough times, smile for them. Let their happiness seep into your heart; let it uplift you out of that stress hole. That’s how happiness spreads. If we’re constantly bringing others down just because we don’t feel up to par, we’re only going to dig ourselves, and the people who can help us, into a deeper hole of desolation. That’s no good for anyone.
If someone else you see is having a bad day, don’t bask in their sadness. Instead, lift them up with bright thoughts. Lift them out of their hole. We’re not alone, which is why we need to work together.
6. In the end everything will be okay; if it’s not okay then it’s not the end.
I absolutely love this quote.
It’s so relevant because it’s so true. How many times have you had a bad day (or more) only to wake up the next morning feeling revived, alive, and ready to conquer anything? You feel as if good things are starting to happen; the storm has passed and the rainbow is shining through? That’s because: in the end everything is okay! The situation has passed, it’s done. Your lesson has been learned. You’re now moving on to bigger things. You’re stronger, smarter, and better armed for whenever the next obstacle comes along.
And if you’re not…well, it’s not the end now, is it?
Time to turn that frown upside-down.
Remember this video when it went viral on Twitter? Let us never forget it.
I love this…so much.
We all need to dance a little bit more…even dogs.
Me when my mom tells me to smile…
I love dogs, but this is just too funny.
“Order for Phteven”
We all wish we could be this bird at least once in our lives…
“Oh my gawd, yeah bro, FIST PUMP”
And now I hope your smiling as big as this dog. 🙂