The Importance Of Discouragement

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I've always been a big believer in having a positive attitude. I'm certain that my children grew tired of hearing me say things such as, "Happiness is a state of mind." And, "Happiness is a decision you make. It is a choice, something to be practiced."

These statements may seem very idealistic and perhaps, Pollyannaish and naive. Well, maybe so, but there is a lot of truth in those words. Of course, I realize that there are some people who are annoyed by this type of mindset. Hern Albright once said, "A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort." I like that! I really like that! That's a little bit of fun, right?

So, Success Habit #1: Make up your mind to be happy! After
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I believe that discouragement is one of the devil's greatest tools. Think about that. What happens when you are discouraged? You give up! You say, "Oh, what's the use..." Your thinking becomes negative and unproductive. You no longer believe in yourself. Your "stinking thinking" limits your ability. Discouragement builds and paralyzes from the brain to every part of you.

Fight Discouragement! Don't let a discouraging situation, circumstance, or event bring you down. Keep on keeping on. When you aren't winning, when you aren't immediately in first place, resolve to become more determined. Remember, the early worm may get the worm, but it's the second mouse that gets the cheese! Don't let the reality of the moment discourage you. Instead use it to find another direction, to plan a different approach. Find a way around it. Continue on the path to the goal, even if you must take a new fork in the road. 97% of our success is not the circumstances that happen to us, but what we choose to DO with those
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Focus on the positive. Make a list of things for which you are thankful. Keep the faith. Believe in yourself. "Where there's a will, there's a way." If you want to change your life, change the way you think.

There are many other powerful habits that can be developed to help us achieve success as we have defined it. These success habits apply, and are basically the same, whether we are talking about personal success or success in leadership. Attitude, people, relationships, action, success - they are all intertwined.

Success Habit #3: Dream. Search your soul! Choose. Believe.

Know who you are and what you want! What are your dreams? What are your priorities in life? Begin with the end in mind and determine where you want to be when it is all said and done. Imagine the future and believe in it. Eleanor Roosevelt said, "The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams."

What is your purpose? Decide what is most important. There must be congruence in your life between your goals, your values, and your priorities for you to reach your full potential. "No planet, star, or sun could hold you, if you could but know who you are." -Emerson

Success Habit #4: Chart your

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