Being forty is an amazing thing for some. For others, it is filled with loathing and uncertainty. To me, it’s the halfway point through an interesting life. I’ve matured some more and some of my views have changed. I’ve become more organized in my thinking and in my actions. A lot of chaff has been weeded out and good habits have taken its place. I’ve encountered new obstacles but now they’re just things to be moved out of the way. With God’s help, I’ve become a better human being. And because of the new changes in my life, I’ve learned that although I’ve made mistakes in the past, my past is not my future. My future is bright and filled with good. I have a hope and wonderful things are coming.
It’s not to say that bad things won’t happen. They will. However, the way I choose to react to them is essential to my success. No matter how dark or hopeless a situation, there’s always a way out. And that depends on our attitude.
That’s where we will start – our attitudes. Because the one thing I’ve learned is that attitude is everything in the business world. Our attitudes will make or break our ability to make wealth. The Bible says, “As man thinks in his heart, so is he.” If we think that we’re can’t do something or it’s too hard, we will always fail. We will never achieve our goals. It’s true.
Do this simple test. Talk to people deemed as failures and see if you find a modicum of positive talk? Now look at people we deem as successful and you will see these people share the same positive outlook on life. They’re peppy and cheerful most of the time and their positive attitudes are infectious. They accent the best in others. They see obstacles as opportunities to learn and to grow. They also realize that words have power to lift up or to tear down.
Now be careful not to look like a suck-up. People can tell a genuine positive person from a manipulator.
In my next installment, I will write about speaking words that are life giving and uplifting versus those that kill enthusiasm and hinder your progress and future.