How To Get A Great Attitude To Life (Part Two)
Realistically analyse your strengths and weaknesses. As a
matter of interest, people generally list more weaknesses
than strengths, especially women (nice things those!). Too
often people discount their accomplishments and focus on what
they haven't been able to do.
Making money in itself is not success, but rather a by-product
of success. Most successful people use the technique of visualisation
to foresee ideal outcomes. If you can foresee getting your
desires in the mind, then you can get there in the body...at
least I think so!
"As a man thinketh so is he." (the Bible) Haven't I got that
one in already?
Success or failure is not a matter of luck. The key ingredient
is a winning attitude, together with PERSEVERANCE and common
Your attitude determines your destiny:
Remember to stick at a task when things don't go right. "When
the going gets tough, the tough get going", as my dear father
used to tell me often. Did it work though with me? All successful
people have true grit and stickability, as well as natural
ability. The winner is often the person who gets up one more
time than they are knocked down. You will hit attitudes in
others who say 'you can't do it'. You have a choice then:
a) To remain convinced that you can do it. b) Stay with their
attitude and quit yours.
All the world's greats would never have been great if they
had listened to the opinion of even their closest friends.
Caruso, the world's greatest tenor, was told his voice sounded
like a tin can. Thomas Edison, the inventor of motion pictures,
was advised that no-one would pay to listen to sound coming
from a screen. Edison told Henry Ford to give up making cars
and work for him instead and make millions. Marie Curie was
told to forget about radium. Laurence Olivier was told by
friends to give up acting. Benjamin Franklin was told to stop
fiddling with lightning. People told Johnny Weismuller (Tarzan)
that no-one would ever beat his fifty swimming records. His
1936 world record was the qualifying time for the 1972 Olympics!
Attitudes of the time said his records could never be beaten.
Now 12-year old girls regularly beat his times.
Christopher Columbus took 14 years to raise funding for his
ships and crew before setting out on his explorations. The
science and culture of the day had said that the world was
flat. However, Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand of Spain
had faith in Columbus. With that faith and money behind him,
Columbus took just six months to discover the New World.
In the same way, a "flat-world mind-set" can limit our thinking
and lead to mediocrity. In the same way that you can train
fleas to jump a certain height in a bowl, when you take away
the bowl, they still do not jump higher than the learned height.
Our mind can tie us down and limit us, so that mediocrity
becomes our destiny. Negative attitudes get cemented in concrete.
WITH THE RIGHT ATTITUDE YOU CAN BE GREATER THAN ANYTHING THAT
HAS EVER HAPPENED TO YOU:
ATTITUDE BEATS FACTS EVERY TIME.
DARE TO BE DIFFERENT
Someone said, "Failure is the line of least persistence."
My dear mother called it "stick-to-it-iv-ness." It generally
boils down to a healthy combination of faith and hard work,
and it usually means success.
"The only place where success comes before work (hard) is
in the dictionary."
A short exercise:
Talk to your best friend or partner *(I hate that common New
Zealand expression - cheapens the institution of marriage
and denotes immoral living - Yes, sir "Mr goody goody two
shoes" and "get with the times, mate") about: * I far prefer
the term 'spouse', which could be an abbreviation for "spastic
mouse". Enough about my personal opinions...
1. The picture you hold of yourself (i.e.. how you see yourself):
Is it positive or negative, are you an introvert, extrovert,
2. How you see other people seeing you - their perception
of you, or looking glass). Which brings to mind the following
wise words (not mine)...
"I am not what I think I am."
"I am not what you think I am."
"I am what I think you think I am."
STICK TO IT
According to William S. Banowsky, the story of one of America's
greatest leaders is actually a story of repeated failures
and dogged persistence:
In 1831 he failed in business.
In 1832 he was defeated for the state legislature.
In 1833 he failed again in business.
In 1834 he was elected to the state legislature.
In 1835 his sweetheart died.
In 1836 he had a nervous breakdown.
In 1838 he was defeated for Speaker.
In 1840 he was defeated for Elector.
In 1843 he was defeated for Congress.
In 1846 he was elected for one term to Congress.
In 1848 he was defeated again for Congress.
In 1855 he was defeated for the Senate.
In 1856 he was defeated for Vice President.
In 1858 he was defeated again for the Senate.
In 1860 he, finally, was elected President of the United States.
And these are just a few of the rough spots in the life of
Are you feeling discouraged? Perhaps you just need to give
it one more try.
From Steve Goodier's ONE MINUTE CAN CHANGE A LIFE
Abraham Lincoln grew up in a very difficult environment. He
had less than one year of formal schooling. He experienced
defeat and failure year after year, but is one of the greatest
success stories of all time. In spite of everything, he had
the right attitude to achieve success.
I HOPE THAT YOU DO TOO.
See related article:
How To Get A Great Attitude
To Life (Part One)
Craig Lock has written extensively in the field of
self help. This extract is from his first published book HANDBOOK
TO SURVIVE - a collection of writings on various subjects
to help every man or woman survive in a rapidly changing,
uncertain world. For more info on attitude, see HANDBOOK at:
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