William Shakespeare wrote that nothing is “good or bad, but thinking makes it so.” What we see in our mind’s eye is what we get. We are the master or the slave of our thoughts. We can choose to live a life of mediocrity, or we can dare to live our wildest dreams. Jim Rohn cautions: “If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.”
The choice lies in our attitude – how we choose to see life at any given moment. Since events have no values in themselves but get their value from our perceptions of them, we can choose to find in them either burden or magnificent opportunity, desolation or cheerful hope, discouragement or great inspiration. These choices will come from our core values, and not from emotions or feelings that change in a moment.
The implications of choosing a positive attitude are profound on our life, the results we accomplish and on our relationships. It is not the time we spend doing something that is the measure. It is the contribution and impact we make in what we do. As Rohn wisely counsels: “You don’t get paid for the hour. You get paid for the value you bring to the hour.” Be the master of your thoughts and fill your mind with visions of greatness: what you will be and what you will achieve. Fill your week with extraordinary value. Change the world and have a joyous, exciting and fun time doing it!