THE BATTLE of the MIND
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR
12 StrategieS to Win the Battle of the Mind
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The Power of a Positive You
gold medalist Scott Hamilton has said, “The only disability inlife is a bad attitude.” It’s true. Nothing will hinder or handicap you in life as severely as a bad attitude. When I use the word attitude, I am referring to the system of thoughts, the mental posture, the mind-set, or the way of thinking with which a person approaches life. For example, if a person has a bad attitude toward work, he will think thoughts such as these: • I have the most boringjob on Earth. • My boss is too demanding. • This company needs to pay me more and treat me better. • I should get more vacation time. • I always have to do the “grunt work.” • No one here appreciates me. • I may have to work with these people around me, but I don’t have to be nice to them. All those thoughts combine to make one big bad attitude. How could a person with those thoughts runningthrough his mind all day ever enjoy his work, become a positive employee, or make valuable contributions to his company? He can’t—unless he changes his thoughts and develops a better attitude. Even if your employer definitely needs to make changes and improve in several areas you
must realize that being negative about your job does not change your employer, but it doeschange your attitude into one that is “power-draining.” Do you think the person I just described would be a good candidate for a raise or a promotion? Certainly not. But, what about a man whose attitude is built on thoughts like these? • I am so thankful to have a job. • I am going to do my very best every day. • I believe that God gives me favor every day with my boss. • I am glad to be partof a t eam with my coworkers e ven though none of us are perfect. • The work environment may not be ideal, but I will do my part to make it pleasant for myself and those around me. • I am committed to be focused and diligent while I’m on company time. • I would like a raise, so I will work hard to earn it. No doubt, this person’s positive attitude will position him for promotion in his...