This point can be illustrated by performing a simple exercise. Pretend that I am going to count to 3 and snap my fingers. When I do – try to become instantly and bitterly angry. Ready? What happened? Chances are you automatically tried to think about or relive something that made you angry. Here’s the point. Your emotions follow your thoughts so if you want to keep a positive mental attitude keep your thoughts in the right place.
“The difference between a successful person and a non-successful person is not a lack of knowledge, nor a lack of skill but rather a lack of will.”
Focus on “Great”.
If you haven’t bought the book “Good To Great” yet, then do it. It’s full of good stuff. I can’t possibly summarize the entire book in one paragraph but the basic premise is this: Many potentially great organizations (and people) fail to reach their potential because they settle for “good”. Relying on natural talent or personality can get many of us to meet our minimum sales quotas. However, if we want the satisfaction of knowing we are the best, then we have to push ourselves harder. One writer put it like this: “success favors the well prepared mind.” Success often breeds confidence and confidence often accompanies a positive mental attitude. So when given the choice to settle for “good” or focus on “great” – go for the gold.
“The quality of a person’s life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence.”
In closing, I remind you that much of life is a matter of perspective. We can choose to focus on the “Half Full” or “Half Empty” part of the proverbial glass, but it is ultimately up to us.
“Those who shape the future are those who understand that better things are yet to come and that they themselves will help to bring them about.”
Vol 2, Issue 4