Attitude is Everything

“Can’t, couldn’t do anything”, my Dad used to say. That may sound corny, but it is so true. How you perceive (or choose to perceive) something may determine the outcome more than the work you put into it.

If you look at a challenge and say, “Ugh. I don’t want to/I can’t/That’s impossible”, then you have created what’s known as a self-fulfilling prophecy. You are defeated without ever taking a step, and what’s worse you defeated yourself!

When you think or say those kinds of things, you have shut yourself down mentally, physically, and emotionally. I see people do that all the time and they even look suddenly as if a plug had pulled from their back. I want to stress this next part: No one can pull you out of that, teach you anything, or “plug you back in” except you. You must decide for yourself, and I also want to stress: It is never too late to plug back in.

On the other hand, if you approach challenges with an attitude of, “Sure! I’ll take that on”, with energy, enthusiasm, and a will to work, you have a much higher chance of success. That doesn’t mean hard work and a lot of time won’t be involved, but you will have bragging rights in the end!


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