November 15     

Today's quotation:

Success or failure depends more upon attitude than upon capacity.  Successful people act as though they have accomplished or are enjoying something.  Soon it becomes a reality. Act, look, feel successful, conduct yourself accordingly, and you will be amazed at the positive results.

Dupree Jordan

Today's Meditation:

Sometimes it's hard to keep in mind just how much our attitudes affect our lives.  It's easy to fall into the trap of thinking that our attitudes are the result of what happens to us in life, but the truth is that just as often as not, what happens to us in life is the result of our attitudes.  If we have an attitude of failure, if we think there's no way that we can succeed, then guess what?  Most of the time, that attitude will cause us to fail.

It really is amazing to see how a shift in our attitudes about almost anything at all can lead to real changes in the ways that our lives turn out.  In my life, shifts in the ways I saw relationships have led to much better relationships; shifts in the ways that I view money have led to much more financial stability than I ever had before.  I no longer hope against hope that things will work out-- now I approach everything sure that I'm going to succeed, and while there are hiccups and obstacles from time to time, it's completely true that things do work out.

What does this mean, though, in practical terms?  To me, what it really means is that if we want to succeed in something, the first thing we need to do is make sure that we have a positive attitude about the outcome that our efforts will produce.  We can't just cross our fingers and hope when we start something new-- we have to have confidence that things will work out, for that confidence will be part of the reason for which they actually do work out.  It's nothing magical or new-agey or anything like that-- it's simply one of the ways that life works.  Our attitude and confidence go a very long way toward determining outcomes.

Of course, changing our attitudes isn't the easiest thing in life.  We can't just decide one day to outgrow or change beliefs and attitudes that have been a part of who we are for decades-- it takes some work and dedication to make the changes happen.  But it is possible to change our attitudes, and one of the best things we can do for ourselves is to work on doing just that, so that we can start to experience success in areas that so far have just led to undesired results and frustration.  Let's work to make that change so that we can see so many other changes happen as a result.

Questions to consider:

Where do most of our attitudes come from?  Are they generally accurate?

Why do so many people adopt and exercise attitudes that are destructive to themselves (and others in their lives)?

How might you go about actually changing an attitude?

For further thought:

Any fact facing us is not as important as our attitude toward it, for that determines our success or failure. The way you think about a fact may defeat you before you ever do anything about it.  You are overcome by the fact because you think you are.

Norman Vincent Peale

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