Ever conversed with a person who described their dream and then proceeded to recite a laundry list of everything that could possibly go wrong with the dream? Such a person has lost before the game even begins. While it is one thing to consider possible obstacles, it is quite another to allow those obstacles to remain stuck in your brain alongside your dream.
Winners make a habit of manufacturing their own positive expectations in advance of the event.
Instead of coming up with reasons why you likely won’t succeed in any given venture, keep a positive mental attitude and make a list of why you will be successful. Creating obstacles before they come to pass does nothing but dissipate the positive energy you have generated in anticipation of realizing your dreams.
A positive outlook on life is not just a theory one subscribes to – it is a way of life. Earl Nightingale defined the positive mentality as the “composite of our thinking, our attitude and our actions.” It is the ability to keep a cheerful disposition, even while facing your greatest challenge.
This principle was beautifully illustrated by the story of former college basketball player, Isaiah Austin. Austin grew up dreaming of playing in the NBA. He overcame a series of setbacks in his quest, including an incident in junior high school that left him legally blind in one eye. Austin kept plugging away at his dream. He earned All-American honors at Baylor University and his talent delivered him to the doorstep of NBA hoops. But, just four days before the 2014 NBA draft, Austin’s dream was suddenly snatched from his grip when he was diagnosed with a career-ending medical condition called Marfan syndrome, a rare genetic disorder that would end his basketball career immediately. Most of us would be crushed by this seemingly unfair and sudden set of circumstance, especially when you are so near the finish line of a long-awaited dream. What Isaiah Austin said, though, motivates me every time I think about how tough I may have it:
It’s not the end, it’s only the beginning. Life goes on.
You can apply that simple philosophy to any given situation: a crumbling relationship, a financial disaster or a negative health report. In the end, it’s always our decision as to whether we form a negative or positive charge.
Be a conqueror!