The words “success” and “positive attitude” should really be considered as synonyms. When it comes right down to it, these two ideas are really just the same thing. If you have success, for example, you will have a positive attitude and if you have a positive attitude, you will surely have success. There really is no difference.
Some people may argue that they have often held a positive mental attitude in the past but things didn’t work out for them. They now feel that positive attitude isn’t always enough to bring you to success in life. You need more than a positive attitude, they say. You need “luck” and “good fortune” as well as a good attitude. Although this may be true in the short term, this is not actually true over the long term.
Some people are born into worse conditions than others. This is just a fact. Still, you don’t need more than a positive attitude to be successful no matter what situation you were born into. You just need more perseverance and strength to maintain your positive attitude over the long term. You may just need to hold on longer than the other people who were born into better circumstances. The things that determine success for other people born into a bad situation are only the same things as everyone else. The only difference is determination to remain positive and to overcome the negative things that have been placed in your way.
One of the greatest tools for overcoming a negative situation is to accept that everything happens for a reason. At first this may seem incredibly hard to do. Things oftentimes seem so unfair on the surface. Still, if you first accept that this problem has been placed in front of you for a reason, you will be able to face it with more strength and to eventually overcome it with great determination. Others, who may have been born into a better situation may be blessed for some reason that we cannot see upon first glance. It may seem unfair or unjust that they have been given more but, if we can remember that everything happens for a reason, we will be better equipped to turn to our own lives instead of pointing our fingers at others.
A positive mental attitude is something that is sometimes taken for granted by the people who already have it. They feel good about their lives most of the time and they rarely suffer from depression or anxiety like so many other people do. Successful people feel good and they sometimes take their positive mental attitude as a “given”, often wondering why more people don’t feel the same way as they do. Actually, what they fail to recognize is that they are extremely lucky to have a positive mental attitude and this attitude they possess is actually the real reason why their lives are so good most of the time. They are reaping the rewards of the good things they did before. If they decide they want more from their lives, they are in a good position to try for more and to even achieve greater and greater things and it is their positive mental attitude that will make these extra things possible.
Positive mental attitude makes it possible for people to add the frosting to their cake of success and to enjoy even greater things than just “mere success”. We should be grateful that there are other people who can actually go on to spread their happiness to others and this is what the frosting of success is all about. For us, we must look at the place we are at and do everything we can to improve our attitude each and every day. This is the royal road to success at whatever cost it may come.
A positive mental attitude can indeed bring success to everyone but it requires strength and perseverance in many cases. Next time you think that attitude isn’t enough, think again. You may not have all the answers just yet but more will certainly be revealed. You may just need to pick yourself up and try a little bit harder before you discover the success you were after.
By: Deon Bates
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