Thomas Jefferson once said, “Nothing can stop a man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; Nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.”
The impact of a positive attitude on our success is huge. With the right attitude we can move mountains and turn mountains into molehills. If you have ever been angry and everything around you seems to fall apart, this is a result of attitude. What we put forth is exactly what we receive.
An attitude of gratitude, being thankful for what we do have, as small and insignificant as it may seem, will do wonders toward establishing a successful mindset. “Gratitude is not only the greatest of all virtues, but the parent of all others” Cicero.
Our gratitude and appreciation for the small things, sets us up to be humble and appreciative of the great responsibility in the big things.
This brings me to defining success, which of course is completely unique to each of us, but there is one common characteristic that can be defined. When what we do and what we have becomes less important than what and how we can give, share, and help, then, and only then, have we truly reached success. Success is less about receiving than about giving.
Many dream of winning the lottery or landing that high-paying dream job, but why? Most will talk about the nice things that they would do for family or friends; they speak of freedom. Sure, as lottery jackpots grow into outrageous amounts, many dream extravagant dreams, but extravagant dreams are important. It is not the extravagance that is importance, but the concept of dreaming big, outside of what we know as possible.
When we think things like, “I’d finally have the time and money to take my family on vacation,” or “I’d be able to start a food program for hungry children in my area,” our thinking is taking on big thinking associated with successful thinking; we are thinking beyond ourselves.
Yesterday I participated in an event as a volunteer. What I did seemed rather insignificant in the grand scheme of the event, but had neither I, nor any of the other volunteers been there, the event could not have taken place. Thousands of people had a great time with their families. I just gave a few hours of my time- and had a great time doing so. Did I have a list of other things that needed to be done or that I could have been doing? Of course, but I have come to learn to appreciate the opportunities to give back and be grateful that I have the health, freedom, and ability to help.
What I have come to learn is that the more you thank life, the more life gives you to be thankful for.
Now go be a difference maker. The world has enough followers! Have a great week.
Jolene Church is currently working on doctoral research on critical thinking in organizational leadership. She is an accomplished motivational speaker, success coach, and the co-author of the newly released, Thinking 101: Fundamentals of a Successful Mindset- available now on Amazon in paperback and Kindle or at www.successfulthinkingmindset.com