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"The greatest discovery of my generation is that human be- ings can alter their lives by altering their attitudes of mind." American psychologist, William James
Positive thoughts produce positive results, and negative thoughts produce negative results. We should try to under- stand how our thoughts arise and are influenced; they come into brain from what we hear, what we see, what we read and what we say to ourselves.
We get our thoughts/attitudes from media, those with whom we mix and through self-talk. Negative people are product of a negative environment. Self-talk is what we say to ourselves all day long. A number of sportsmen use this technique to stay positive. Sports psychologists also use it. (See my book on sports psychology called 'The Winning Mind'). Plug,plug !
Some people, on learning that they have cancer, have been known to go into shock and die. There have also been cases of people whom, expected to die far sooner by their doctors, have willed themselves to stay alive for an event like birth of a grandchild. Australian aborigines can subconsciously will themselves to die when bones point to them (known as voodoo). Or is it a hoodoo perhaps!
Optimism and pessimism are learned attitudinal behaviours and they can be relearned. We need to constantly monitor our inner navigational system, our attitudes to make our own course corrections. Negative thinking cripples mind, like polio cripples body. The cure is positive thinking- a positive outlook for opportunities does wonders for one's attitude. Many discoveries or luck come by chance. SEREN- DIPITY is faculty of making happy and unexpected dis- coveries by accident. Do try anything!
WHAT IS your outlook on life - happy or sad? Remember what you believe in normally happens. In other words, "YOU GET WHAT YOU EXPECT". This is known as self-fulfil- ling prophecies, so top golfers expect to hole their putts and are surprised when they don't.
Be ENTHUSIASTIC - walk, talk and act enthusiastically and you will find that it is contagious and that people will be at- tracted to you.
1. Attitudes are more important than facts.
2. How you take it is more important than what happens.
3. Attitude acts as a selective filter affecting perception : we choose to see best or worst in any situation.
AS WE THINK, SO SHALL WE BECOME
We are not as we think we are, but as we think- quality of our thinking is more important than what we think about. How we think is our strangest secret.
If your goal is wealth, but your thinking is poverty-stricken, your attitude will cancel out achievement of your goal. If your goal is health and you choose healthy thoughts, you will realise your goal. NB: Attitudes beat facts every time.
"We need to be beneficiaries of our attitudes, not victims." "Our attitude determines our altitude".
Craig Lock has written extensively on the subject of personal success, as well as doing much studying in the field of self help. The various books* that I "felt inspired to write" are available at: http://www.novelty-gift.com/ebooks.html