What I do with this day, these next 24 hours is important because I have exchanged a day of my life for it. When tomorrow comes, today will be gone forever. And, I hope I will not regret the price I paid for it.
There is a disease of the brain which cannot be found in any medical book – it is called “stink’n think’n” and the prognosis is very bad. In fact in many cases, fatal. In adopting this negative attitude, what you do is close the shutters to your potential goals and the possibilities for achievement and excellence.
Negativity will diminish your ability to achieve and plan for the future.
I believe it’s true when people say, “What you give is what you get.” This comes from Corinthians, where it is written, “sow sparingly and you will reap sparingly – and if you sow bountifully you will reap bountifully.”
The people who wrote this were on to something and as a species, we haven’t changed since then. We might think we have because of technology and stuff, but I don’t believe we have. There are basic Truths, like this, that appear to stack up even in today’s fast-paced world.
One of the secrets of leading a successful life is an attitude of giving. Your talents and potential are of no value unless you sow them for good. People are attracted to givers. Be a giver and you will find people will beat a pathway to your door or your business or endeavour.
I’ve heard this many times before, “Why should I do more than I’m paid for, I don’t own the company?”
In fact, why should they? On the face of it, it’s not an unreasonable remark. However, if you limit what you do by the token rewards you receive, then you are really cheating yourself of the opportunities and gratification that come from giving more of yourself.
Any successful person will assure you on this point – that the more you give then the more you will receive. Inevitably what goes around comes around. Praise and you will be praised, criticise and you will be criticised.
Some people limit their vision by only looking inwards. “Me, me, me.” “How do I feel?” “What about my problems?” When things go wrong and you blame others for your problems, think about it as if you are building a wall brick by brick until nothing can get in. You’ve blocked yourself off or in.
To be happy and successful work on tearing down that wall. Giving can speed that process up. At first, it will be hard to be conscious of your thoughts and observe then change the ones that are building the wall. You might want to find a role model that you can copy. In role-playing, you temporarily act out being that successful person until it becomes your default setting and you eventually succeed at what you want to do.
Another way to speed this up is to ask yourself, “Why should I?”
“Why should I put more effort into myself, my relationships, and my work and give more?”
Ask yourself. Then write what pops into your head. You might find that the positive answers will surprise even you.
This is the beginning of a new day for you. How you use it is your choice but remember the price you pay, a whole day for what result?