“After decades of quest, we now know that high achievers have a high degree of self-motivation. The enduring power that moves them to action comes from inside themselves. Success is not reserved for the talented. It is not in the high I.Q.. Not in the gifted birth. Not in the best equipment. Not even in ability. Success is almost totally dependent upon drive, focus, and persistence. The extra energy required to make an extra effort, to try another approach, to concentrate on the desired outcome, is the secret of winning. Out of desire come the energy and will to win. Get that urge to win! There’s no time to lose.”
Denis Waitley, The Psychology of Winning, Brolga, Ringwood, Victoria, 1979, p. 101
In our previous blog post we spoke about how to develop a positive attitude. Here are a few more tips and hints to help you get into a good mind set to start off 2015.
Here’s an idea
Some positive thoughts from the great motivator Norman Vincent Peale:
- It is your attitude at the beginning of a task, more than anything else, that will determine success or failure.
- It is your attitude toward life that will determine life’s attitude toward you.
- You control your attitude.
- Develop the attitude that there are more reasons why you should succeed than reasons why you should fail.
- Control your thoughts and you will control your life
Smile & ponder
A small boy strode through his backyard, baseball cap in place, and carrying a bat and ball.
‘I’m the greatest baseball player in the world,’ he said proudly.
Then he tossed the ball in the air, swung and missed. Undaunted, he picked up the ball, said to himself, ‘I’m the greatest player ever!’, threw the ball into the air, swung – and missed again.
He paused for a moment to examine the ball and the bat thoughtfully. Then once again he threw the ball into the air and said, ‘I’m the greatest baseball player who ever lived.’ He swung the bat hard – and again he missed the ball.
‘Wow!’ he exclaimed. ‘What a pitcher!’
Life’s all a matter of attitude. There’s always something to feel positive about.
The Mayo Clinic in Minnesota found that people with an optimistic view live longer and feel healthier and mentally sharper in their later years. Nearly 450 patients were given a personality test in the 1960s, with a follow-up health check 30 years later. Pessimists reported worse mental and physical health.
Toshihiko Maruta, Mayo Clinic Proceedings, August 14, 2002.
Motivated to inspiration
In the autumn of 1741, an old man shuffled aimlessly back to his lodgings in London. An illness a year or two before had left him partly paralysed. Now it seemed there was little left for him in life.
As he entered his room, he caught sight of an envelope which had lain on his desk, unopened, for days. Idly he picked it up and took the sheets of paper from it. They were accompanied by a letter asking him to set the words to music.
The old man was about to toss the bundle aside – but something in the words stirred his heart. Spellbound, he sat down and began to write.
For nearly four weeks he hardly left his desk. But in those 24 days, the world was to be given what is perhaps the musical masterpiece of all time – for the old man was George Handel, and the music was his Messiah.
Those who succeed in life are those who have developed strong, positive self-motivation. We know that high achievers have developed a positive mental attitude. The enduring power that moves them to action comes from inside themselves-as it did for Handel over 300 years ago.
You see, success is almost totally dependent upon drive, focus and persistence, and the internal power to overcome despondency. Handel and his Messiah showed us that.
And remember, we can succeed at almost anything for which we have unlimited enthusiasm.
The benefits of having a positive attitude
If you want to be seen as a doer who can be counted on to get the job done, respond with ‘I will’ as frequently as possible.
According to George Walther, author of ‘Power Talking’, phrases like ‘I’ll try’ make you appear wimp-like. For example, remember all the people who have said to you ‘I’ll try to get back to you tomorrow’. They rarely do. Those, however, who say, ‘I’ll have an answer for you by two o’clock tomorrow,’ usually follow through.
The bottom line is that this attitude and your choice of words will influence others. It will also motivate you to get the job done as promised.
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