I’ve been a fan of Lee Milteer for many years now, in the post below she talks about optimism. Often when I talk about optimism, people say, what are you Pollyanna? No, but I can say when faced with a challenge, I can be optimistic or negative.
You’ve seen it before — Success in life is 80 percent Attitude and 20 percent Aptitude. We can learn anything we are willing to spend the time and energy to learn. It’s our attitude that will make the difference if we are open to change and able to use change to empower us and our future.
No matter what kind of business you’re in, there are going to be days that just make you crazy with problems. The news is negative, employees let you down, and competition is beating you up. Yet, the people who thrive and prosper are the ones who have a prescriptive attitude in life that they must take charge of the caliber of information that reaches their brain.
Robert Schuller said, “Success doesn’t come the way you think it does — it comes from the way you think.” Oliver Wendell Holmes said, “What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” Quite simply, you have more leverage for success when you expect to win.
You ask, what is a prescriptive approach? It’s simply arming you with information to deal with whatever changes come our way. We must arm ourselves daily with information like this newsletter program to prevent stress and panic. No one makes good decisions when trapped in an unresourceful state of mind. In fact, most of us can trace bad decisions to when we reacted to a situation instead of acting in a manner that served us.
You get in life what you focus on. If you dwell on limitations, you will reach them. You will have a better life in every way if you make the least of the worst while making the most of the best.
One attribute that elevates the outstanding from the average, is the willingness to look for the positive angle in all situations. Optimists know that quite often difficult situations or adversity bring out hidden resources and capabilities. As entrepreneurs, we must make the internal decision to excel, to rise to the occasion. Optimists choose to see opportunities where others choose to see problems. Thomas Edison said, “If we did all the things in life we were capable of doing we would literally astound ourselves.” Another quote I enjoy is: “Real difficulties can be overcome; it is only the imaginary ones that are unconquerable.” Update your perceptions of what is really going on around you. How can you make these changes work for you? Real wealth is created by people who look for ways to solve other people’s problems. When you are dealing with reality from a point of power you are able to think clearly and make better decisions.
Lee Milteer is an internationally known Performance & Productivity Coach, TV Personality, and Speaker who has counseled and trained over a million people throughout her career. Lee is the founder of the Millionaire Smarts® Coaching Program and is also a best-selling author of educational resources like Success is An Inside Job and Overcoming Unproductive Behaviors. Find out more and sign up for no-cost success resources at www.milteer.com.
Comments or feedback on how you handle challenges are greatly appreciated. Remember, it’s not the challenge it’s how we overcome it that we’ll be remembered by.