I came across an interesting quote a few weeks ago: “If you don’t like the world sending you lemons, shut down your lemonade stand!”
If you don’t like your situation, simply get out of it! You don’t like doing homework at the last minute? Do it earlier. You don’t like your abusive relationship? Remove yourself from it. You don’t like how much you weigh? Lose weight. You don’t like your financial situation? Earn more money and/or cut expenses.
Sometimes it seems like things are more complicated than just deciding to change something about your life, but everything you do begins with a thought. Don’t just accept what you don’t want. If you relegate yourself to a life you don’t like, you can’t expect to get anything but lemons. You can be more creative, and you can create a course of action that will take you away from the lemonade stand.
If you are stuck in a routine or have a habit that takes you to that lemonade stand, it can be tough to change. There is a feeling of safety in sticking with the familiar. Just deciding that you need to change is a good first step, though. The next step is to do what you need to do to shut down the lemonade stand. For example, if you want to become healthier and maybe lose some weight, throw out all of the junk food and get yourself a pedometer. If you know that you don’t want to eat food that is bad for you, then there is no reason to keep it in your home. Get rid of it, and you no longer leave the temptation to revert to old habits.
Is there any aspect of your life that you feel stuck in? Identify your lemonade stand, and shut it down.