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In the Book of Proverbs, chapter 23, verse 7 states that “For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.”

Currently, I’m reading The Power of Your Subconscious Mind by Joseph Murphy. This interesting book promotes the notion that we can influence our destiny by learning how to bring the incredible force of the subconscious mind under control.  We can literally change our lives by changing our beliefs.

As I read on, this writing makes me reflect on other excellent books that promote the same “thought process“…

  • Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill.  Hill asserts that desire, faith and persistence can propel one to great heights if one can suppress negative thoughts and focus on long-term goals.
  •  The Power of Positive Thinking by Norman Vincent Peale. Peale suggests that thinking about certain things will make them appear in one’s life.
  •  As a Man Thinketh by James Allen. Allen prescribes that the proper use and application of thought leads to happy and beautiful outcomes in life.
  • The Secret by Rhonda Byrne, based on the pseudo-scientific law of attraction which claims that thoughts can change the world directly.
  • Dynamic Laws of Prosperity by Catherine Ponder. Ponder touts the formula that desire + visualization and affirmation = success.

Interestingly, I have personally seen these tactics and strategies deliver amazing results in my life…and genuinely buy-in to the belief that this stuff is real!

You are in control of your thoughts, no one else. You hold that key to your life’s condition. Your thoughts influence your outcomes. So here’s the self-reflection challenge…are the thoughts about your circumstances and situation constructive or destructive?

Keep them positive, affirmative and allow your subconscious to help create your better future life! I would hope that you experience great results as well.

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Attitude by definition is a settled way of thinking or feeling about someone or something, typically reflected in a person’s behavior.

Over the years, I have intentionally experimented with attempting to behave in an “optimal” fashion, primarily driven by my interpretation, and consequent attitude, toward any given situation.

My personal endeavor toward consistently demonstrating a constructive, energetic attitude dates back to initial engagements with Tony Robbins, via his Personal Power program. Robbins challenges us to improve our lives by asking daily quality questions, such as “What am I grateful for?” or “What could I be grateful for?” That process moved me toward the pursuit of living my life with an attitude of gratitude.”

Genuinely appreciating the good things we do have certainly beats spending time wallowing in pity about “What’s not great yet!”  There will always be someone else who is wealthier or healthier.  An honorable mission is to live in the moment, cherishing what we have been blessed with, and pursuing life with enthusiasm and energy.

The ultimate lesson that was reinforced throughout my experiment was that I, and only I, have the ability to choose and control the way I think, feel, act…and ultimately impact others. Doing so with that “attitude of gratitude” has certainly made the journey much more enjoyable…for myself and those around me!

 

 

 

Action = Priorities

Your genuine priorities are exhibited by what you focus on and how you actually “spend” your valuable time.

Those actions and decisions have, thus far, lead you to where you are (or aren’t) today.

For passions that are truly a personal priority for you, you can find a way to make them become a reality (and given the dynamic nature of our lives, that vision can, and will, frequently change).

Your ultimate desires will be the ones that command your attention and awareness.  These are the activities in your life that matter the most to you.  This is where you MUST invest your time, interest and energy.

A sound prioritization process should provide you with the ability to determine what actions will bring both joy and fulfillment into your life, and into the lives of others!

Maintaining a positive work environment goes a long way toward improved productivity, energy, employee retention…and having fun at what you’re doing.

Leadership includes an obligation to create enthusiasm, despite what may be occurring in either your personal life, professional world, or both!  On some days, you may have life challenges that potentially drain you and make it hard to “plug it in” as that high energy role model.

When I find myself approaching a less-than-desirable emotional state, realizing the negative effect that has on myself as well as those around me, I attempt to catch myself and quickly “recalibrate.”

This entails a simple ten second “time-out” where I relax my body, take a few deep breaths, and change my thought pattern toward all that I have and all that I am blessed with.

The quote below is a good reminder for anyone when they find themselves going in a negative direction.

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