Quote of the day:
“Life is 10 percent what you make it and 90 percent how you take it.” ― Irving Berlin
What if what you thought was the answer… isn’t the only answer? What if?
I recently attended a talk focused on how one’s perception creates their reality. The speaker posed the question, “What if it didn’t mean what you thought it meant?”
To perceive is to recognize, discern, envision, or understand based on our past experiences, beliefs and senses. This got me thinking about women and the opinions, reactions and beliefs we have about ourselves as professionals and mothers.
When working moms get into the habit of simply going through the motions of the day-to-day, they tend to stop questioning their thoughts, actions or responses. It becomes easy to get stuck in one way of seeing and approaching life, work and motherhood.
I invite you to begin a new daily practice. One that asks the question, “What if…”:
You know how your children, in their curiosity and wonder ask you, “Why, Mommy?” over and over again? Well, it’s your turn to be curious.
What if…there’s another answer?
What if…that wasn’t true?
What if…I misunderstood?
What if…there’s another opportunity?
What if…I’m right?
What if…there’s another approach?
What if…there was a different meaning?
What if…I’m making this up?
I challenge you. For the next week, practice “What ifs.” Look at things differently—give yourself permission to see things in a new way.
I want to hear what you’re giving yourself permission to do or see differently as well as other insights you’ve uncovered from this post.
Go ahead and leave your comments, And please like this post and share it with another mom. Because you know a few girlfriends who could use a new perspective.
To a day of greater vision and possibilities!
Akanke Adefunmi helps professional women shift from stress to success in their work-family-personal life. You are always invited to attend one of her free work-family-self balance webinars or join her monthly Working Moms Virtual Retreat. Follow her on Twitter, @Akanke_Adefunmi, Like her Facebook page, facebook.com/claimyourshero, www.linkedin.com/in/akankeadefunmi