“Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it” – Charles R. Swindall
7 Diseases of Attitude by Jim Rohn
We suffer from diseases that cause our attitude to suffer and affect our production. Our attitude is the most important attribute to gain and maintain success in life. I’ve learned to continue to hold a positive attitude so that I see the opportunities life gives me. People with a negative attitude fail to utilize these opportunities and then complain they don’t have any. They say phrases like, “If only luck like that happened to me…” Luck is created in the form of blessings. We are blessed as a reward for a positive attitude. Jim Rohn says it’s important to handle these diseases. Don’t ignore them because they are like weeds in a beautiful garden. If you ignore them they will not hesitate to take over your garden.
Jim Rohn was one of the most influential speakers of the 1980’s, 90’s, and 2000’s. His speaking style brought a unique mixture of humor and philosophy. The result motivated and captivated his audience with a burning desire to change and improve. He inspired me to understand it is never too late to be happy and wealthy though his personal story of rags to riches. He was a farm boy from Idaho and broke in his mid 20’s. Then, through excellent mentorship, he became wealthy and gave seminars for 40 years. As a result, motivational speakers and authors Tony Robbins, Jack Cranfield, Brain Tracy, and T. Harv Eker are just a fraction of all who were influenced by him.
This article is a snippet of one of his many impactful seminars that you can find on YouTube. So, I have included it below. Watch it for more.
The drifter’s approach to life. You can’t drift your way up the mountain. Most people don’t get worked up. Or they get worked up and quickly go back into drift mode because they lost the desire. So you must get and stay worked up to be a winner. The best quality to look for in a person is someone with passion. It doesn’t even matter what it’s in as long as you give the work everything you’ve got.
Advice: “Put everything you’ve got into everything you do!” You can’t be great if you’re indifferent. Get passionate! I do this by watching motivational video and reading inspiring book snippets in the morning before I start my day. So get in the habit of setting 30 minutes aside each morning to form a power packed routine.
2. Mental Paralysis
When you can’t make up your mind. You’re always on the fence and don’t know which side to get off. You find yourself saying phrases like, “What to do? What to do?” “Should I do this…. But that maybe better?” I was like this and I thought I was intelligent because of it. I would think and think and think, believing I was being tactical. But in reality I became plagued by this disease.
Advice: Get off the fence! It doesn’t even matter which side. If it’s the wrong side, you’ll find out quicker. Life is full of decisions. So take advantage! It’s not how many you get right that counts, but how many you get. Napoleon Hill explains in his book, Think and Grow Rich, that successful people have the common trait to be quick thinkers, in his chapter Decision: The Mastery of Procrastination. Also, the great Bruce Lee said,
“If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you’ll never get it done.”
There are many kinds of doubt. The worst is Self-Doubt. I used to doubt whether I could do a task or not: meet a sales quota, accomplish my weight goal, or start a book I constantly putt off. I realized the little voice of doubt is supposed to be there to keep you in check. But, when you give in to the voice, thats when the disease festers. So, control the voice of doubt.
Advice: Know your Self Worth. I realized I doubted myself because I didn’t know who I was. You must know who you are and what you are capable of. Philippians 4:13 states that “I can do all things through Christ who straightened me.” I read an amazing book that will help you discover your self worth as it did for me. It will empower you to do the things you are destined to do without limitations. It’s called The Greatest Miracle In The World by O. G. Mandino. Check it out at the Book Shop under Self Development.
This disease causes all kinds of problems: social problems, financial, relationship, and especially work related. Worrying brings uneasiness and unnecessary stress that ruin opportunities. I had to stop watching the news. I immediately worried about events that I couldn’t control: “What if we get bombed by another country?” and “What if the economy crashes? I better not invest yet.” As an entrepreneur, you must have a level of paranoia. But worrying exceeds that level and therefore stops you from taking the great opportunities.
Advice: Give it up and like the Disney movie, Frozen, sings, “Let It Go!” It’s not easy. But it’s worth it. Someone once told me, “You can either pray or worry. You can’t do both.” If you can’t help worrying, then remember that worrying can’t help you.
The timid approach to life. Some will never have and be much because they are too cautious. They think about all the negatives and risks of a situation. “What if this happened? Look at the fix I would be in. I better not go.” Jim Rohn explains that life is risky. Getting out of bed, eating, and even driving to work are all risky. Life is so risky that you won’t make it out alive.
Advice: Embrace calculated risk. The key word is calculated. Don’t be the person who invests $500 on an opportunity without knowing the important facts. (I did that once. Never again.) Instead of sitting in a corner waiting to be fed, try new adventures. It’s not about how long you live but how you live. My old manager from a sales job I took explained to me: “Seth, I want you to do 1 uncomfortable task a day. Give life your potential.” Now, I count and write down something new I did that day for encouragement and to look back on. And as a result, my life is becoming more fulfilled each day.
When you always look at the issues that could go wrong. And never see the positives. Its a sunny day outside. You look out the window and instead of seeing the sun, you see the specks on the window. How can a person succeed with this mentality, seeing the faults. That will never make an awesome, energized manager or leader. They would always criticize and never encourage. A leader’s number one job is to encourage and inspire. Therefore, you can’t let this disease dominate you like Nintendo did to Sega with it’s Super Nintendo console during the 16 bit war in the early 90’s.
Advice: Choose to see the sun. “We see things how we think things are, not how they actually are.” So, when the pessimist sees the glass half empty, the optimist sees it half full.
In the Old Testament of the Bible, the Israelites were headed to the Promised Land, which God promised to give them. It was a long journey. And all through that journey, they complained about everything. They complained about being hungry, thirsty, and enemies. So, eventually God had enough and cancelled the trip for a that generation to where they never saw the Promised Land.
Advice: Don’t complain! Even God can only take so much. Once I stopped complaining, I gained more friends. Also people around me smiled more and were glad to see and be around me.
In conclusion, stand guard of your mental factory. What you listen to, read, and view pours massive ingredients into it. Therefore, you can’t let just anyone dump any ol’ thing inside it. Often, people put trash in it by keeping up with the latest gossip, reading about wars and riots, and watching the news all day. How can you go out into the world with a rich, dynamic, positive attitude with all that chaos marinated deep inside? How can your business flourish? Everything starts with thought. In order to succeed, you must decide what goes into your mental factory. This is one thing in life that you have control over, so don’t give it to someone or something else.
Today’s Question: What do you have in your mental factory that’s helping you or that you need to remove? (Comment below to inspire others!)
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