by Roger Lambert, Author and Motivational Speaker
Certainly it is no surprise that maintaining a positive attitude is an essential ingredient in the recipe for success. Approaching the difficult tasks that arise along the pathway, which leads to success with the proper mindset, greatly increases the chances of being successful. Trusting in our talents and abilities creates an atmosphere of expectancy. This is confirmed by the words of Napoleon Hill, an American author who is widely considered to be one of the great writers on success, when he said, “A positive mind finds a way it can be done; a negative mind looks for all the ways it can’t be done.” What it appears Hill was trying to portray to us, is that our thoughts have a definite effect on our actions and our efforts. If we believe we can be successful, we will find a way to be successful. If we are unsure if we can succeed we can find all sorts of reasons to give up or settle for less than our best effort.
Although we are well aware that a positive attitude is imperative in our quest for success, that does not mean that it is easy to remain positive. Our ability or inability to remain positive can often be reflected by our choice of words. In the Bible Jesus said, “For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.” (Matthew 12:37) During my career as a basketball coach, I would often hear players say that they couldn’t perform a certain skill. When a player would say, “I can’t shoot that way, coach,” or “I can’t dribble with my left hand,” I would tell them that “can’t never did anything.” Also I would encourage them to have confidence in their ability and explain to them that when you first begin to do certain skills it feels awkward, but as you continue to work on that skill you will improve. Although they often struggled to understand the importance of approaching things with a positive outlook, I understood the power of our belief in our abilities. All of us have had times when we have slipped and made a negative statement. Of course when someone points that out to us we are quick to downplay it by saying that we didn’t mean it in that way. Unfortunately, that excuse doesn’t fly. Listen to the words of Jesus again, “For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.” (Matthew 12:34) What we speak does have a direct correlation with what we believe. Speaking positive affirmations can be extremely beneficial in our quest for victory and success.
On a daily basis we are faced with new twists and turns to our life and our pathway leading to success, which presents new challenges for us to conquer. Each time we are faced with a new challenge, we must make a choice. We can choose to remain positive, or we can fall into a negative frame of mind. Ultimately one question remains. What action can we take that will assist us in our attempt to maintain a positive attitude? There are numerous actions that we can take to increase the odds that we will stay positive. Perhaps, none more significant than merely, making a conscious, effort to keep our positive approach to life. Additionally we should read positive material, listen to positive speakers, and associate with positive people. With negative forces all around us in our world, it is vitally important, not to allow negativity to control our mind. Therefore it is essential that we fill our minds with positive thoughts and positive information.
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Roger Lambert is the author of “Paying Victory’s Price,” a personal development book.
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