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Positive attitude leads to success

Updated on August 30, 2010

Any fact facing us is not as important as our attitude towards it, for that determines our success or failure. -Norman Vincent Peale.

Attitude is the way we look at things or life, based on our past experiences. It is our inward feeling expressed by our behavior. It is that that attracts people towards us or repels them. Though most of our attitudes are formed during our childhood; as an adult, regardless of environment, education and experience, who is responsible for our attitude? We are. We are given the liberty to choose our attitude every morning but only few people use it.

People with negative attitude blame their parents, spouse, ecology or president for their failures. They always see only the worst side of things. They never blame themselves. Until and unless, we start taking responsibility for everything we think and we do, we will always be entrapped in a closed mind. On the other hand, positive attitude is always conducive to success, growth and progress. It increases energy level, vitality and enduring capacity. It is this positive attitude that gives us a backup force to get up every time we fall.

Our attitude determines what we expect from life- whether we are preparing to take off or heading for a crash. Here's a story. Compare the attitude of two shoe salesmen who were sent to an island to sell shoes.

The first salesman, on arriving on the island, was disappointed when he saw that no one on the island was wearing shoes. Immediately, he sent a telegram back to the office saying, "Will return home tomorrow. No one wear shoes." The second salesman, on arriving at island, was confronted with the same sight. However, he joyfully telegraphed back, "Please send me 10,000 shoes. Everyone here needs them". The sight was same but their attitudes weren't! One saw it as the beginning of a new opportunity, while the other saw it as the end.

The basic thing is that everyone wants happiness, no one wants suffering. And happiness mainly comes from our own attitude, rather than from external factors. If your own mental attitude is correct, even if you remain in a hostile atmosphere, you feel happy. - Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama

Whenever I think of positive attitude, I always remember Andy, the protagonist from The Shawshank Redemption, who always insists on being hopeful. Get busy living or get busy dying. I always remember this quote from the movie. The movie is an allegory of maintaining one's integrity even when placed in a hopeless situation. Really, to those with a positive attitude, adversity brings out the best in them. They are like kites rising against the wind- when the adverse winds of criticism, failure or hopelessness blow against them, instead of bowing and bending before it, they use it as a lever to rise. They try to turn adverse situations into positive and helpful ones. There are number of real life examples.

  • Robinson Crusoe was written in prison by Defoe.
  • John Bunyan wrote the Pilgrim's Progress while in Bedford jail.
  • Sir Walter Raleigh wrote his History of the World during a 13-year imprisonment in the Tower.
  • For 10 years, Dante, the author of Divine Comedy, worked in exile and under the sentence of death
  • Beethoven was almost totally deaf and burdened with sorrow, when he produced his greatest symphonies.

Circumstances don't prevent a person with positive attitude to do what he wants. If we start the day with a spring to our steps, a song on our lips and a smile on our face, we are most likely to have a wonderful day. The future not only looks bright, when the attitude is right, but the present is also much more enjoyable. We all have to face problems. If we are not facing problems and obstacles, we must be sure that we are on the wrong path! When faced with obstacles, you may believe that you are the only one facing difficulty. If that's the case, you must once go through the life story of great men, then you'll find they all initially faced repeated failures and rejections. To name few, Thomas Alva Edison, Abraham Lincoln, Albert Einstein, Henry Ford... The list can be long enough to fill two hubpages! "The poison that doesn't kills me makes me stronger." This is the positive attitude.

We must not let our integrity shaken by failures or outward influences. Select a goal, select some principles, abide by them, be honest with yourself and follow your dreams. Dust yourself off and get back into the mainstream. Consider failures as stepping stones on the road to achievement and success. The persistence of a person who encounters failure is often a sign of healthy attitude. Adversity introduces a man to himself. Press on! (This is the guiding philosophy of executives of McDonald's!).

If you think you are a winner, you are. Perseverance will lead you to the place where you want to go. So, believe in you worth, have purpose to start with. For it is you who determines the course that you sail. If you sail it with positive attitude, success will swim towards you!


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