The Outside Counts, Too

Written by Debbie O'Meara


A couple of years ago, I decided that cycling sounded like a good hobby. I bought a bike and one Saturday morning put on a t-shirt and shorts and lugged my bike out torepparttar meeting place of a local cycling club.

What a surprise I got when I showed up and everyone else there was in full cycling gear ó jersey, bike shorts, shoes,repparttar 141737 whole thing. I felt intimidated and nervous. Sure, I knew how to ride a bike, and I was in pretty good shape, but how could I keep up with these people, who obviously knew what they were doing?

I was plenty insecure at first. But I stuck with it, and after a while gotrepparttar 141738 shorts, andrepparttar 141739 jerseys, and evenrepparttar 141740 special shoes that clip ontorepparttar 141741 special pedals. I looked like I fit in.

Now, Iím a fairly strong rider, but Iím not very fast. Itís often a struggle to keep up withrepparttar 141742 group.

But onlyrepparttar 141743 group knows that. When I go out for a solo ride, I put on my jersey and shorts and shoes and pedal along at my less-than-breakneck pace. But when I pass people in shorts and t-shirts (and I do!) I know what I look like to them. Like I know what Iím doing. And they treat me that way, just because thatísrepparttar 141744 impression Iím giving onrepparttar 141745 outside.

They donít know that Iím a little slower than my friends. They just know I look like a ďrealĒ cyclist, so they assume I am one. In their eyes, I am.

We know from our studying that prosperity is largely an inside job. We manifest it onrepparttar 141746 outside based on what we think onrepparttar 141747 inside. Butrepparttar 141748 outside counts too. I convince people onrepparttar 141749 street that Iím a cyclist based on what I wear. But thatís only while Iím cycling. What does my day-to-day appearance tellrepparttar 141750 universe - and myself Ė about who I am?

Change Your Association

Written by Daniel N. Brown


Do you know any people who seem to attract bad luck?

I had a friend years ago that just could not seem to get it together. He was in and out of jobs, had poor relationships, had no money, and had a bad attitude.

I used to think he hadrepparttar bad attitude because he hadrepparttar 141611 problems. Now I know he hadrepparttar 141612 problems because he hadrepparttar 141613 bad attitude. I know, becuse I was right down inrepparttar 141614 pit with him.

Years later, I saw a quote that hit me like a ton of bricks. It was this: "There's no way you will ever fly like an eagle if you're pecking around inrepparttar 141615 dirt with chickens." I quickly caught on to this "thinking" stuff and learned to get around more positive thinking people.

The key to changing your life forrepparttar 141616 better is to change your belief system. The key to changing belief system is changing your thoughts. I know this is easier said than done becauserepparttar 141617 manner of thinking you are engaged in has been your way of thinking most of your life. It's a habit. But, like any habit, you can change it.

The best way to change your thoughts is by changing your association. If you're hanging around with negative, broke, and fearful people you will develop a tendancy to thinkrepparttar 141618 same way.

I eventually developed a friendship with a guy that everything he touched seemed to turn to gold. Because he always pictured himself as a great success he became a powerful magnet that attracted positive outcomes. The effort he put forth to achieve his goals came naturally. The work did not seem like work because he enjoyed what he did. The guy just amazed me and I wanted to be like him.

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