Only React Positively to Every Situation

Article 3 in the Success Mindset Series…

This may be the most important attitudinal lesson for us all to learn. It is difficult to learn and even more difficult to consistently implement because our human nature fights it all the time. There are a few people who are naturally upbeat and positive about everything, but they tend to be a small minority. Most of us just naturally react with some negative feelings or thoughts when things go wrong. Even though this seems “natural”, it can be overcome. To be most effective at building wealth it must be overcome.

It is said that one day a subordinate had to report to Andrew Carnegie, the great steel magnate of the late 19th and early 20th century, that one of his steel plants had burned to the ground. This was, at first glance, terrible news. The subordinate did not want to be the one to tell Carnegie that he just lost millions of dollars in a fire.

To the subordinate’s great relief Carnegie laughed heartily. He then asked, “and what shall we do now?” Carnegie understood that getting angry or having other negative reactions to this calamity would not solve anything. He understood that when faced with a big problem like this it is all the more important to keep your cool and think as creatively and positively as possible. In the end Carnegie was able to make the best of the situation and replaced the plant with a more modern and more productive plant that ended up making him even more money.

As Gary Jackson writes: “If you do not see the silver lining then you will always feel like a victim of life. You will not actually BE a victim but you will still feel it.”

If you can marshal your positive feelings about a situation you are more empowered to do something about it. You accept responsibility for fixing things rather than wasting time blaming others or complaining about your bad luck.

Even if all that you do in response to a problem does not entirely fix it, or reverse the damage done, you still avoid all the negative effects on your own thinking that a negative reaction causes.

Successful people do not waste time feeling sorry for themselves, searching for blame or feeling defeated. They marshal their best thinking and most effective efforts to press on and achieve the best they can despite the misfortune.

Try this. For just one week make it a point to react positively to every event that comes your way. Look for the silver lining. Search for the alternative approach. Learn from mistakes. Use these negative events in life to make you more effective and learn how to avoid them in the future.

You can learn more about Gary Jackson’s lessons of financial success through his Millionaire Stealth Success program. We will look at a few of those lessons in ten introductory articles in this newsletter over the 20 weeks – one article every other week. To get the full story though visit the Millionaire Stealth Success program.

Wishing you success and prosperity,

Daniel R. Murphy
Helping People Learn to Build Wealth

Wishing you Success and Prosperity,

Daniel R. Murphy

Wishing you well,

Daniel R. Murphy
Educating people for building wealth, adapting to a changing future and personal development.

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