September 14    

Today's quotation:

Your mental attitude is something you can control outright and you must use self-discipline until you create a Positive Mental Attitude-- your mental attitude attracts to you everything that makes you what you are.

Napoleon Hill

Today's Meditation:

When I was younger, I always saw attitude as an effect rather than a cause.  Life threw good things at you:  positive attitude.  Life walked all over you:  negative attitude.  As I grow older and older, though, I realize that life itself really isn't the causal agent here-- our attitudes actually cause our life situations, and many people who haven't figured this out yet continue to cause extremely negative things to happen to them, and they choose to blame life for this reality rather than looking at the true culprit.  After all, why the heck would we cause bad things to happen to ourselves?

The truth is, of course, that we usually don't do so on purpose.  But many of the things that we actually do in life aren't done on purpose, and the ways that we can cause negative things to happen in our lives is no exception.  When we have a negative attitude, we attract other people with negative attitudes as well as negative situations that may seem like coincidence, but that are truly far from coincidental.

Do you want to stop sabotaging yourself?  Then start thinking in positive ways about positive things, and attract to yourself the positive elements and people of life.  Act in the ways that you would like to be treated, start looking at the world in ways that will allow you to see and appreciate the beauty and wonder, and focus on the positive aspects of your life rather than the negative.  This shift in attitude can change your life in extremely significant ways.

Of course, bad things will still happen.  But you don't have to look at them as if your whole life is full of such bad things.  Accept them, understand why they happened, learn from them, and move on.  You can shape the rest of your life by the attitude you bring to the rest of your life, and it's possible to make it a beautiful experience.

Questions to consider:

Why do so few people act as if their attitudes are always results rather than causes?

What kinds of changes might a shift to a positive perspective bring?

Do you enjoy being around people who lift you up, or those who bring you down?  Which kind of person are you to others?

For further thought:

When you choose to be pleasant and positive in the way you treat others, you have also chosen, in most cases, how you are going to be treated by others.

Zig Ziglar

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