Choose Your Attitude

I love this quote (and need to apply this to my life more often)! Easier said than done, but a great thing to strive to master.

Attitude is more important than facts.

It is more important than the past, than education, money, circumstances, than failures and success, than what other people think, say, or do.

It is more important than appearance, ability, or skill.

It will make or break a business, a home, a friendship, an organization. The remarkable thing is I have a choice every day of what my attitude will be.

I cannot change my past. I cannot change the actions of others. I cannot change the inevitable. The only thing I can change is attitude.

Life is 10 percent what happens to me and 90 percent how I react to it.”

Charles R. Swindoll

~ Marie Forleo, Everything is Figureoutable

Magic of Non-Attachment

Without realizing it, many of us confuse non-attachment with not caring. In actuality, the two are completely different. Not caring suggests apathy: “I couldn’t care less. It doesn’t matter to me.”

Non-attachment, on the other hand means: “I’ll do everything possible, I’ll put the odds in my favor, I’ll work hard and concentrate. I’ll do my best to succeed. But, if I don’t, that’s okay, too.”

Being attached to an outcome, holding on, takes an enormous amount of energy, not only during an effort but often after an effort is complete, after you’ve failed, or been let down, or were dealt a bad hand.

Being non-attached creates emotional freedom. It means holding on tightly but letting go lightly. It suggests trying hard, really caring, but at the same time being completely willing to let go of the outcome.

Attachment creates fear that gets in your way: What if I lose? What if the deal doesn’t go through? What if I’m rejected? What if, what if, what if . . . Your belief that everything must work out exactly as you want it to with no glitches creates enormous pressure. Everything rides on your success.

NON-ATTACHMENT works like magic! It allows you to have fun in your efforts, to enjoy the process. It helps you succeed at whatever you are doing by giving you the confidence you need. It takes the pressure off. You win regardless of the outcome. The act of not worrying helps you focus and stay on purpose. It helps you stay out of your own way. You know in your heart that, even if things don’t work out the way you hope they will, everything will be all right. You’ll be okay. You’ll learn from the experience. You’ll do better next time. This attitude of acceptance helps you move on to the next step in your path. Rather than being lost or immobilized in disappointment or regret, you simply move on – with confidence and joy!

~ Richard Carlson, Ph.D., Don’t Worry, Make Money

Take Care of Yourself

Don’t sacrifice your health by trying to take on too much. Your body is an amazing machine, but it doesn’t come with a warranty, you can’t trade it in, and repairs can be costly.

It’s important to manage your energy so you can do what you must do, achieve what you want to achieve, and live the life you want to live.

~ The ONE Thing

9 Success Habits of Wealthy People That Cost Nothing

Nine (9) habits that have helped place Wealthy People on the top:
1.  They wake up early.  Early risers are able to start their days ahead of everyone else by responding to others, exercising and finding some personal time, early risers also tend to be happier and are more proactive.

2.  They meditate.  Taking care of your body and mind by relaxing, exercising, healthy eating and getting enough sleep are all ways to improve your chances of success.

3.  They network.  Successful people realize the importance of networking.  In fact, research has found that networking can lead to people performing better at work and increases the chance of landing a job.

4.  Keep themselves busy.  Successful people are rarely idle. 

5.  They don’t watch TV, they read.  According to Thomas Corley, author of “Rich Habits: The Daily Success Habits Of Wealthy Individuals,” 67 percent of rich people only watch TV for one (1) hour or less per day.  Corley also found only 6 percent of the wealthy watch reality shows, while 78 percent of the poor do.  Additionally, 86 percent of the wealthy love to read with an impressive 88 percent claiming that they read for self-improvement for 30 minutes or more per day.

6.  They know when to say “No.”.  The difference between successful people and really successful people is that really successful people say no to almost everything.” Warren Buffett

Successful people realize that by saying “No” to negativity, extra work and activities that waste time, they can focus on increasing their productivity.  If they say “yes” to everyone or everything, they’ll be too distracted and will not accomplish tasks that have to be done.

7.  They write To-do lists the night before.  Successful people are known for writing their to-do-lists the night before so that they are able to set priorities for the following day.  They number their lists as well to identify which tasks are the most important.

8.  They manage their money.  Successful people have gotten where they are because they were able to manage their finances wellThis means that they invest their money wisely, look for new opportunities and set aside emergency funds.  They are more generous and willing to donate to those who need help.  There is an old saying that luck and preparation always meet opportunityThe most successful people set themselves up for success by preparing all the time.  Successful people expect luck will find them, and it usually does.

9.  They set goals and visualize.  Joel Brown interviewed a number of high achievers for Entrepreneur and found that “Ninety-five percent of the successful achievers I have interviewed practice writing down their goals, plans, or visions for success on a regular basis.  Successful people do this the night before, or first thing in the morning so that they are prepared to tackle the challenges that await them.”

~ Source:  Entrepreneur, John Rampton

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