Whether you reach success or failure in life has little to do with your circumstances; it has much more to do with your attitude…with your faithful courage…with your choices!
You see, non-achievers blame their circumstances; winners rise above their circumstances. Some concentrate on the blank wall that boxes them in; winners always look for a way to get under it, over it, around it, or through it.
That’s the life philosophy of Nido Qubein, one of the most extraordinary leaders I have ever met. His personal story and what he has achieved are an inspiration to thousands of people across the country and around the world. You see, Nido came to the United States with limited knowledge of English and only $50 in his pocket, but he learned that the power to affect your future lies within your own hands. An entrepreneur, business consultant, author, and public speaker, Nido is the President of High Point University.
In his many years of consulting with business organizations as well as individuals of all ages and levels of accomplishment, Nido has acquired a treasure trove of wisdom about creating a winning attitude and captures it beautifully in his book,
Attitude: The Remarkable Power of Optimism.
Today, I’d like to share a brief excerpt with you. Enjoy!
You Can Live Every Day of Your Life from Attitude by Nido R. Qubein
The law of inertia holds that a body at rest tends to remain at rest, and a body in motion tends to remain in motion, at the same speed and in the same direction, unless acted upon by an outside force.
With one major difference, that law applies very well to the pattern of our lives.
- People who are successful tend to remain successful.
- People who are happy tend to remain happy.
- People who are respected tend to remain respected.
- People who reach their goals tend to go on reaching their goals.
So what’s the major difference?
In physics, inertia is controlled by outside forces; but the real changes in the directions of our lives come from inside us. As William James said, “The greatest discovery of my generation is that a person can alter his life by altering his attitude of mind.”
You can live every day of your life. You can be alive to the tips of your fingers. You can accomplish virtually any worthwhile goal you set for yourself.