New York City Driving Mentality

IMG_6201I get it, you are a cab driver in one of the most busiest, congested cities in the world, New York City, but you still have a choice.  While visiting manhattan for a business trip this week, I of course traveled in a taxi cab. What struck me and got me analyzing our professions and our state of mind, was my taxi ride from JFK to Manhattan.  It is not a surprise or a fluke incident that there was a lot of traffic, I expected this so I didn't stress about the time even though I was cutting it close to arriving for my event, but I just sat back and enjoyed the current moment.  The driver on the other hand consistently complained of the traffic, how it makes him less money because it takes to long with one client, he honked, cut in front of people, and of course got honked at. This is all pretty normal driving behavior for New York City, but the difference was his negative, mindset while driving. I wanted to say to him "You have a choice"! No matter what situation we are in, profession, relationship, financial circumstance, we do have a choice. We can either choose to enjoy our lives and our situations, or choose to change them. This taxi driver spends hours in the car, I thought to myself how much time he has to listen to personal or professional development books to either change his state of mind or his profession.  We are not stuck. Stuck is a state of mind. We always have options because no matter what situation you are in, you are the only one in control of your thoughts. There was a time in my life I felt stuck, and it was maddening, but working through my thoughts is what set me free, not my situation.  Learn to master your thoughts and you will master your life. Awareness is the key, and I am not passing judgement on this driver, but with internet and so many educational resources at literally a click away, it is up to us to seek and improve our circumstances whether that be making a change in our life or a change in our thought processes.   One practice I do is have an alarm set in my phone everyday mid-day, that pop's up and says "today I am grateful for.." and it prompts me to think, and recognize what I have, and what I am grateful for. Without fail, when I do this, it puts a smile on my face and puts me in a better mood. Implement this practice and you will begin to elevate your emotional wellness, be happier, take control of your thoughts, and seize an opportunity for change that will improve your quality of life.   Being stuck is a state of mind, not a circumstance. Change your mind, you change your circumstance

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