The Biggest Lesson is How to Think

November 8, 2011

It does not take long if you network and attend the local business functions, to realize that there are still a lot of people in Alabama who are looking for work. They might also be looking for professional change. The economy has affected their livelihood and their focus. They seem to always start with the “litany of the ain’ts”; I “ain’t” happy. I “ain’t” making money. We have listened to a lot of sad stories over the past couple of years. In fact, we ourselves might be challenged and not very happy with our personal or professional situation.

Back in 1944, Dale Carnegie published his classic, How to Stop Worrying and Start Living; in the latter stages of World War II, times were tough. Rationing was the normal course of business. The population, fresh off the Great Depression, now had almost three years of war. Nothing came easy. There still was no end to a brutal war on two fronts.

Of course, it was the perfect time in history for a Carnegie best seller. Since that time, over six million copies have been sold. The heart of the book is Chapter 12. Eight Words that can Transform Your Life is only 16 paperback pages but the message is timeless after almost 70 years.

Call it what you want. Some call it repositioning; others call it reinvention. But, people are in transition. They are struggling and often starting over. But Mr. Carnegie’s point is that if you think failure, you are failure. Our life is what our thoughts make it. There is great power in positive thought. It is how you think in situations that make or break you. The difference between success and failure is how you respond.

No one is perfect and no one is ever always at peace. But in life, it is what is between our ears that give us what we need and want. So smile and take a deep breath when the chips are down.

As Mr. Carnegie says in what he calls Rule #1: “Think and act cheerfully, and you will feel cheerful.” In 2011, that indeed is a boatload of positive!

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