A Reason to Be Negative

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Several years ago, an article in The New York Times pointed out that many people have every reason to be negative about themselves and their lives. If they were poverty-stricken as a child, had been abused and neglected, felt no love, and had never had a word of encouragement, etc., then "no wonder they are negative."

Question: What can you do if you fit into that category? First, you accept the fact that failure is an event, not a person; that yesterday really did end last night, and today is a brand-new day ... and it's yours.

Second, you need to understand that you are what you are and where you are because of what's gone into your mind. You can change what you are and you can change where you are by changing what goes into your mind. Here's the way it works. When you change your thinking, you change your actions; when you change your actions, you change your future.

So the question is what you put in your mind. The answer is to record the nice things people say about you. Make it a point to read books that are optimistic and upbeat. Associate with people who fit into that category. Attend seminars with other upbeat, optimistic people. Listen to motivational and inspirational cassette recordings in your car. Make it a point to learn one new word every day.


In a matter of days, your thinking will slowly, but perceptibly, start to shift. In a matter of two or three weeks, the trend will definitely be toward the positive. In a matter of months, you will be strongly headed in the right direction with goals carefully written down and a good chance for reaching them. Take this approach, and I'll see you at the top!


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