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"The only thing that stands between a man
and what he wants from life is often merely
the will to try
it and the faith to believe that it is possible."
Richard M. DeVos
The process of human change begins within us. We all
tremendous potential. We all desire good results
from our efforts. Most of us are willing to work hard
and to pay the price that success and happiness demand.
Each of us has the ability to put our unique human
potential into action and to acquire a desired result.
But the one thing that determines the level of our
potential, that produces the intensity of our activity,
and predicts the quality of the result we receive is our
Attitude determines how much of the future we are
allowed to see. It decides the size of our dreams and
influences our determination when we are faced with new
challenges. No other person on earth has dominion over
our attitude. People can affect our attitude by teaching
us poor thinking habits or unintentionally misinforming
us or providing us with negative sources of influence,
but no one can control our attitude unless we
voluntarily surrender that control.
No one else "makes us angry." We make ourselves angry
when we surrender control of our attitude. What someone
else may have done is irrelevant. We choose, not they.
They merely put our attitude to a test. If we select a
volatile attitude by becoming hostile, angry, jealous or
suspicious, then we have failed the test. If we condemn
ourselves by believing that we are unworthy, then again,
we have failed the test.
If we care at all about ourselves, then we must accept
full responsibility for our own feelings. We must learn
to guard against those feelings that have the capacity
to lead our attitude down the wrong path and to
strengthen those feelings that can lead us confidently
into a better future.
If we want to receive the rewards the future holds in
trust for us, then we must exercise the most important
choice given to us as members of the human race by
maintaining total dominion over our attitude. Our
attitude is an asset, a treasure of great value, which
must be protected accordingly. Beware of the vandals and
thieves among us who would injure our positive attitude
or seek to steal it away.
Having the right attitude is one of the basics that
success requires. The combination of a sound personal
philosophy and a positive attitude about ourselves and
the world around us gives us an inner strength and a
firm resolve that influences all the other areas of our
To Your Success,
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