Anne Thompson

No matter the endeavor in life there’s going to be bumps. Some are just mild irritations and others just take your breath away. You don’t have to look too far to see that everyone gets them. For some, these challenges throw them in the corner and melt them down. For others, that proverbial silver lining is found in the cloud and they move onward and upward.

I’ve always been fascinated with what it is that sends one to the corner and the other to a championship. As a business owner, and no matter the industry, you get real familiar with “challenges.” Bet you can relate to that statement. Here’s what I’ve learned from my own experiences and studying many, many people that have risen from the ashes and overcome:

  • No hope and you’re trashed. Inspiring hope and you’re on your way to victory.

So where does “hope” come from? It begins with a belief that life is good. This sounds so simple, but all too many don’t see it that way. And they don’t see it that way because of their attitude. It’s profoundly good news that “attitudes” can be changed, cultivated, and grown into positive ones … hopeful ones … that pour the foundation for a successful life. The internationally acclaimed business philosopher, Jim Rohn, tells us this:

We all would like to be successful. Yet, many have thousands of reasons why they cannot succeed. In truth, all we need is one reason why we can. That one reason is attitude. Nothing is more important: not education, aptitude, health, wealth, or opportunity. Great men and women believe this. Thomas Jefferson wrote “Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.”

What is attitude? It is our disposition, perspective, viewpoint, or outlook. It is how we view the world.

Attitude determines how much of the future we are allowed to see. It decides the size of our dreams and influences our determination when we are faced with new challenges. No other person on earth has dominion over our attitude. People can affect our attitude by teaching us poor thinking habits or unintentionally misinforming us or providing us with negative sources of influence, but no one can control our attitude unless we voluntarily surrender that control.

Attitude is something you have to work on. And it can be daunting to get and keep a good one when you’re holding a hurricane in one hand and a tornado in the other. But people do it, so it can be done.

Here’s something to do that will jump-start creation of an unshakeable positive attitude. If Rohn is right, then we know where this can take you, no matter the current state of your challenges:

For eight days (the number eight on its side is the infinity symbol) write down 8 reasons why you are blessed. Remember, most people on this planet don’t have a refrigerator. So maybe you start with, “I’m thankful that I have a refrigerator and that it has some food in it.” Anyway, you get the idea.

Write them in the morning, and then read the “I’m thankful for …” statements before you go to bed. Day one you’ll read 8, day two 16, day three 24, and so on.

Now just watch. At the end of the 8 days you’re going to have some renewed, vibrant feelings. And that’s because you’ve worked on creating and maintaining a positive attitude. It’s magic!

Wishing you a powerful positive attitude and fanstasic success,


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