“I’m not saying that a Positive Attitude can make you successful. I’m saying a Positive Attitude will make you successful” ~ Norman Vincent Peale
Negativity is all around us. An unfortunate fact of life is, we rarely hear praise from happy customers. On the other hand, unhappy customers can be quick to let you hear about it. Turn on the radio or the evening news and you get blasted with negative news. It’s as though everywhere you turn, people are complaining about something or someone. The danger is – it’s very easy to be influenced by negativity and start your very own personal complaint department.
There is an old saying, “You become what you think about most of the time”. If that’s true, and I believe it is, if you spend your time giving thought to all the negative things in life, you stop looking for solutions and just start looking for someone who will agree with you. That’s a lose – lose proposal all around.
Only losers think about problems all the time. Winners think about solutions. Solution oriented people are constantly looking for ways to resolve the obstacles that stand in their way. Everyone faces obstacles. Your attitude toward what to do about those obstacles will make all the difference.
You would hear a loser say something like, “I was born poor so I’ll never be rich.” There are a lot of millionaires (and even a few billionaires) today that were born into poverty. They didn’t complain – they found solutions.
Or you might hear a loser say, “I don’t have much education so there’s no way for me to get ahead.” Benjamin Franklin didn’t finish grammar school and he seemed to do okay. Losers would be quick to say, “But things were different back in those days. In today’s world you’ve got have a great education!” Of course a great education is a big help, but there are a lot of successful people even in today’s world that have found solutions to that problem as well.
You might also hear a loser say something like, “I don’t have time to accomplish that!” But they have the same numbers of minutes in a day that Thomas Edison or Mother Teresa had in theirs. They found solutions by setting priorities.
Your success, no matter what difficulty in life you may be dealing with, begins and ends with attitude, either negative or positive. When you develop a positive attitude about all the obstacles life throws at you, you begin to find solutions and those obstacles end up being much smaller than you ever would have thought when you were carrying around that old negative attitude.
The truth is that you have the ability to solve any problem or to overcome any obstacle on the path to reaching whatever goal you may have if you desire that goal with enough intensity and have the right positive attitude. You have within you, right now, all the intelligence and ability you will ever need to overcome any obstacle that could possibly hold you back.
Think about the biggest obstacle you face in life right now. Do you have the positive attitude it takes to begin finding a solution to that obstacle? Attitude is a choice. It’s your choice. Choose wisely.
Monty Rainey is a District Manager working in the self storage industry since 1996 and currently overseeing 13 stores in the San Antonio, TX area. He is also a leadership coach and public speaker. For a free consultation, please contact Monty at 830-743-2139 or visit his website at http://www.montyrainey.com .
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