In his famous book Man’s Search for Meaning, Viktor Frankl, the psychotherapist who survived the German prison camps of WWII, wrote that ultimately the one power that every man always has, no matter what his circumstance, is to choose his reaction to any circumstance. No one can force you to feel anything – you choose your feelings and thoughts.
This is really a profound thought. No matter how good or how dreadful your circumstances, you choose your response to those circumstances – you have free will.
How often do we say that “he made me so mad” or “she just ruined my day”? These comments betray our lack of understanding of the fundamental truth that Frankl saw day after day demonstrated in the terrible circumstances of Dachau.
Does it matter what response you do choose? Absolutely! Your response to life – your chosen behavior and attitude on any given day or any given moment is not only totally your choice but also has a massive influence over your ultimate success. It does not matter what you set out to do, if you have a good attitude about it you are more likely to succeed. If you have a poor attitude you are more likely to fail.
People who believe they will succeed do. It works. Not every time. Not without struggle and disappointment on the path to success. But it will work.
There are certain principles and attributes which virtually every single success author, speaker and teacher includes in their list of essentials for success – attitude is one of those essentials.
It is not always easy to maintain a positive attitude. It takes work. You must intentionally manage your attitude every day. When you get up in the morning and at every turn during the day, especially when you find yourself reacting to the events of the day, you must consciously choose to have a good attitude. You must work on this every day.
Stay positive. Remember that you control your response to life – do not allow others to make you feel anything and least of all bad.
Eliminate from your vocabulary words like can’t, if only, I don’t think, I don’t have, maybe, I am afraid, I don’t believe. Replace those ideas with I can, I will, I know, I will make time, absolutely, I am confident, I am sure.
Your attitude is the tenor of your reaction. It drives your success. You control it. You must control it to be successful.
Stay positive and remember to think about your attitude every day. The pay off can be extraordinary.
What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us. — Ralph Waldo Emerson
Daniel R. Murphy
Daniel R. Murphy
Educating people for building wealth, adapting to a changing future and personal development.