Develop Power – Develop a Positive Attitude
Many people have asked me a variation on this question: “Patrick, I’m struggling to conquer my addictions and adversities, but it’s difficult to do so and keep a positive attitude. How do I stay positive during these difficult times?”
That’s a good question. It’s also an important one, because only those who can conquer adversity and overcome addictions will achieve their destinies.
One thing I suggest is to try never to get discouraged. You will face challenges – that’s part of life – but don’t let them beat you. Instead, focus on the big picture, on the many things you have to be thankful for.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt said: “When you come to the end of your rope, tie a know and hang on.”
Here’s an example of someone who always focused on what’s positive in life.
Several years ago, when I was making a sales call on Intel, I met a patriotic veteran named Ron Dyer. He had two small American flags in his office as a show of his patriotism.
I asked Ron to share with me some of his life philosophies.
He said that because he’d had multiple tours of duty in Vietnam and that his life had been at stake dozens of time, he was able to keep things in perspective.
Ron Dyer then said, “Every day that goes by in which I am not shot at, is a good day, regardless of what else happens to me.”
How’s that for a life philosophy?
I think this is a good quote for all of us, to learn how to overcome the many daily adversities we all face – to keep our problems in perspective. When life gets you down, focus instead on what you have, what you can be grateful for.
My challenge to you…
I challenge you to start each day mentally reviewing all the positive things in your life.
Don’t celebrate Thanksgiving only once a year. Why not count your blessing every day?
If you are still challenged to find the good in life and acknowledge all that you are blessed with, I encourage you to read the following poem.
~ Stephen Eardley
“If you woke up this morning with more health than illness, you are more blessed than the million who will not survive this week.
If you have never experienced the danger of battle, the loneliness of imprisonment, and agony of torture or the pangs of starvation, you are ahead of 20 million people in the world.
If you can attend a church meeting without fear of harassment, arrest, torture, or death you are more blessed than three billion people in the world.
If you have food in your refrigerator, clothes on your back, a roof overhead and a place to sleep, you are richer than 75% of this world.
If you have money in the bank, in your wallet and spare change in a dish someplace, you are among the top 8% of the world’s wealthy.
If you can hold up your head with a smile on your face and are truly thankful, you are blessed because the majority can, but most do not.
If you can hold someone’s hand, hug them or even touch them on the shoulder, you are blessed because you can offer healing touch.
If you can read this message, you are more blessed than over two million people in the world who cannot read anything at all.
You are blessed in ways you may never even know.”
This is an excerpt taken from my book “Creating Your Own Destiny”.
If you are an event or meeting planner, this is one of the many topics I can speak on, or I will be happy to customize the topic to relate to the needs and interests of the audience I will be speaking to.