Staying Positive in a Negative World

   I recently read this article from Zig Ziglar and I wanted to share it with you all. You can’t say it better than the master’s, so you just spread the words of encouragement.

Harvard and Stanford Universities have reported that 85% the reason a person gets a job and gets ahead in that job is due to attitude; and only 15% is because of technical or specific skills.

Interesting, isn’t it?   You spent how much money on your education?  And you spent how much money on building your positive attitude?   Ouch.   That hurts.
Now here’s an interesting thought. With the “right” attitude, you can and will develop the necessary skills.
So where’s your emphasis? Skill building? Attitude building? Unfortunately, “Neither” is the real answer for many people.

Perhaps if more people knew how simple it is to develop and maintain a positive attitude they would invest more time doing so. So here we go. Five steps to staying positive in a negative world:

1Understand that failure is an event, it is not a person. Yesterday ended last night; today is a brand new day, and it’s yours. You were born to win, but to be a winner you must plan to win, prepare to win, and then you can expect to win.

2Become a lifetime student. Learn just one new word every day and in five years you will be able to talk with just about anybody about anything. When your vocabulary improves, your I.Q. goes up 100% of the time, according to Georgetown Medical School.

3Read something informational or inspirational every day.  Reading for 20 minutes at just 240 words per minute will enable you to read 20 200-page books each year. That’s 18 more than the average person reads! What an enormous competitive advantage . . . if you’ll just read for 20 minutes a day.

4Enroll in Automobile University. The University of Southern California reveals that you can acquire the equivalent of two years of a college education in three years just by listening to motivational and educational cassettes on the way to your job and again on the way home. What could be easier?

5Start the day and end the day with positive input into your mind. Inspirational messages cause the brain to flood with dopamine and norepinephrine, the energizing neurotransmitters; with endorphins, the endurance neurotransmitters; and with serotonin, the feel-good-about-yourself neurotransmitter. Begin and end the day by reading or doing something positive!

Remember: Success is a process, not an event.
Invest the time in your attitude and it will pay off in your skills as well as your career.

From Zig Ziglar


Enjoying Every Moment

   As I was working from home today, I noticed my 7 year old running from room to room. Now this may sound normal as this is what boys do and I have three to prove this point.  My youngest would run into whatever room he would be going to and all the way humming, singing or laughing.

   Now here is the real revalation.  When was the last time you did that?  Why don’t we hum and sing a song going from our “busy” daily task to task or meeting to meeting etc. Why as adults have we lost that joy of just being?  We are above ground, on the green side of the grass taking in food and air. This is a good thing.  Why not enjoy just being.

   As I watched my “little bear” , I thought how much fun he seemed to have just by going from room to room. From the living room to the kitchen, from the bedroom to the bathroom, from upstairs to downstair.  Singing, humming and enjoying his daily activities.  Just writing about this really makes me think and smile.

   As adults, we need to realize how these simple acts of life can help us to deal with our “adult” sometimes “self induced stresses”. Let’s hum a tune or sing a song, whistle dixie or run from room to room and laugh.  Laughing is known to cure many ailments. Why not start curing your ailments with these simple ideas that kids give us. We may find more Positive Perspective in our lives.

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