In the middle of summer can be really hard to stay motivated, especially when a bad week finds it's way into your life. Maybe your car broke down, or your dropped your phone in the deepest of the Great Lakes, or your dissatisfaction with an area or two of your life has peaked.
I can't remember the first time I heard the quote... "Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out" from John Wooden (a very famous sportsball coach). But I do remember the profound impact it's had on me in situations where I lament my situation as compared to a somehow better placed friend or peer. This quote has helped me to learn that changing my perspective is the most powerful ability that I have to make my life better.
Let's keep in mind that I'm writing from a very privileged perspective in the first place. I have never experienced being in a position where I had to make tough choices between eating or paying a bill. I have however, experienced some very scary health conditions of my own and of my parents'. This advice is best for those who are generally in a healthy spot. If you are in an unhealthy place and need to seek out professional help you can research therapists through your health insurance company or through the American Psychological Association. This is a helpful piece on how to choose a psychologist.
Here are my tips on how to change your perspective to be more happy with the way things turn out...