The motivational master, Earl Nightingale promoted Pathological Positivity when he suggested that we learn to habitually respond to even devastating circumstances by saying “that’s good” – then engage our marvelous minds to discover or create what’s good about it. As a psychologist, I see the power in this strategy. Our mind will dutifully fulfill our commands and requests. If we ask our mind to find out what is bad about something we can certainly find supportive evidence. If, on the other hand, we ask our minds to find out what is good about something, our minds will get to work on that. “What could possibly be good about this!?” Well, that’s not a bad question – get busy finding a legitimate answer instead of assuming that there couldn’t be one. life loans It’s our attitude in life that determines life’s attitude toward us. ~ Earl Nightingale
I had the privilege recently of previewing a copy of Mark Sanborn’s new book, The Encore Effect. You might remember my interview with Mark where we talked about his best seller, The Fred Factor, in which he tells the story of his postal carrier who did his otherwise ordinary job in an extraordinary way. Mark reminded me again in this book about the power and importance of doing whatever you do with passion and purpose. Even if you are not sure of what your unique purpose and contribution to the world is, do whatever you are doing purposefully and with enthusiasm – your purpose will eventually emerge. Try this out today with someone who isn’t suspecting it. Use a little more eye contact, a little more smile, a little firmer handshake, or a little more service. The difference between good and great is often very small – like the .01
A few years ago, Vicki and I visited the Canary Islands where we had the opportunity to ride a camel. One thing I didn’t know before about camels is that they grumble and complain before responding to any command of the wrangler. At first I thought we just ended up with a “bad attitude” camel, but then heard every camel in line responding in the same grumpy way. In contrast, we have a sweet retriever mix in our family named Crystal. I sometimes get up early in the morning to go walking, and even at 5:00 a.m. she wiggles enthusiastically and wags her tail, eager to join me. What about you? Today you have a choice to be a camel or a Crystal. real-estate-opportunity2 click this link to see a real estate opportunity I’m offering!