“Deep within man dwell slumbering powers; powers that would astonish him, that he never dreamed of possessing; forces that would revolutionize his life if aroused and put into action.” – Orison Swett Marden
I really need the following today. Thanks, Bob Proctor.
Your Attitude Makes the Difference
Many things about your life boil down to the hand you have been dealt. You can’t change the fact that you were born in that place and with certain givens for your appearance, IQ, or physical skills. Education and training can open some doors for you, but they cannot change your past, make you taller and more athletic, or alter the fact that some people are unfair in the way they treat you.
In spite of the fact that all of us know that most of our life circumstances are beyond our control, we are all still tempted to fret and complain about things that cannot be changed. Of course they cause distress. They certainly put us at a disadvantage in certain contexts. They mustn’t be allowed to define and limit us.
The people who do best with life move beyond the temptation to whine and feel sorry for themselves. They face the disappointment and move beyond it. They acknowledge the bad break and look for a way to turn it around. They work from a half-full rather than half-empty glass mindset.
These people have a different attitude than the defeatist and whiner. They have found a way to make lemonade from their lemons.
There is a section in John Baillie’s A Diary of Private Prayer that reads . . .
Teach me, O God, so to use all the circumstances of my life today that they may bring forth in me the fruits of holiness rather than the fruits of sin.
Let me use disappointment as material for patience;
Let me use success as material for thankfulness;
Let me use suspense as material for perseverance;
Let me use danger as material for courage;
Let me use reproach as material for longsuffering;
Let me use praise as material for humility;
Let me use pleasures as material for temperance;
Let me use pains as material for endurance.
When a given day begins, countless things are headed your way over which you have no control. It may be bad weather or someone’s bad temper, a deadline that won’t budge or a client equally resistant to change. The one factor you can control through it all is your attitude toward them.
Your attitude today will make all the difference in everything that matters.
Rubel Shelly is a Preacher and Professor of Religion and Philosophy located in Rochester Hills, Michigan. In addition to church and academic responsibilities, he has worked actively with such community projects as Habitat for Humanity, American Red Cross, From Nashville With Love, Metro (Nashville) Public Schools, Faith Family Medical Clinic, and Operation Andrew Ministries. To learn more about Rubel please go to: www.RubelShelly.com
“When the archer misses the mark, he turns and looks for the fault within himself. Failure to hit the bull’s eye is never the fault of the target. To improve your aim – improve yourself.” ~ Gilbert Arland, Writer
I’m having to do an awful lot of looking at myself these days. To form an analogy from auto mechanics a lot more of my cylinders are missing than hitting. I’m pretty sad today, too.
I just read the following two quotes and they were too profound not to share, but too long to tweet as I’ve been doing with most of my quotes lately. So here they are.
“It’s surprising how many persons go through life without ever recognizing that their feelings toward other people are largely determined by their feelings toward themselves, and if you’re not comfortable within yourself, you can’t be comfortable with others.” — Sydney J. Harris
“The purpose of relationships is not happiness, but transformation.” — Andrew Schneider
“The greatest evil that can befall man is that he should come to think ill of himself.” — Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe 1749 – 1832, Author, Philosopher, Scientist
“If we don’t forgive ourselves for our mistakes, and others for the wounds they have inflicted upon us, we end up crippled with guilt. And the soul cannot grow under a blanket of guilt, because guilt is isolating, while growth is a gradual process of reconnection to ourselves, to other people, and to a larger whole.” — Dr. Joan Borysenko
This sounds so simple, but really think about it. By scheduling those things that are most important, our priorities we can make some amzing transformation in our lives. Schedule that date night with your significant other weekly. Schedule your exercise time. Schedule some time to just be alone and think. Schedule the time to work on your part time business. Of course this assumes that you know what your priorities are, do you?
The only thing worse than starting something and failing… is not starting something. — Seth Godin
This reminds me of one of the favorite sayings of my high school football defensive coordinator, Coach Jenkins:
Whatever you do, do it full speed. Even if you going in the wrong direction go full speed. Make something happen!
“Constant effort and frequent mistakes are the stepping stones to genius.” — Elbert Hubbard 1856 – 1915, American Writer
I think I’ve got the frequent mistakes part down. Now I just need to work on the constant effort part. Then perhaps I’ll be a true genius instead of just a potential genius.
“If you’re not having problems, you are missing an opportunity for growth.” — Anonymous
Hmm…All I can say about this one is that I must have been experiencing a great deal of growth over the last couple of years what with all the problems.
“All parents believe their children can do the impossible. They thought it the minute we were born, and no matter how hard we’ve tried to prove them wrong, they all think it about us now. And the really annoying thing is, they’re probably right” — Cathy Guisewite, Cartoonist
- Step one is to have a clear vision of the impossible thing you want to accomplish. Write it down and hold it close to your heart.Visualize it every day. YOU CAN DO IT!
- The second step in doing what others think is impossible is believing that YOU CAN DO IT!
- The third step is remembering that there is probably at least one other person who believes that YOU CAN DO IT! Even if you can’t find that person, believe they are there and eventually they will show themselves.
- The fourth step is to ignore those that don’t believe YOU CAN DO IT and just get on with DOING IT!
- Step five is to DO IT NOW! Don’t wait, do something towards that impossible goal right now. Remember, Baby Steps!
That’s pretty much it. With that simple formula you can accomplish anything. But remember, you can never, ever quit.
“A hero is no braver than an ordinary man, but he is braver five minutes longer.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson 1803 – 1822, Poet and Essayist