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"Man's rise or fall, success or failure, happiness or unhappiness depends on his attitude, a man's attitude will create the situation he imagines." - James Allen

"Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude." - Thomas Jefferson

Attitude always precedes accomplishment.  Also, attitude always precedes failure.  So what's the difference.  Your mind doesn't discriminate as to a positive or negative attitude.  All your mind cares about is your attitude, whatever it may be.  It's your attitude that attracts what you think about and drives you to transform your thoughts to reality.

Some people say they will have a good attitude once circumstances get better.  If this is how you think, you will be waiting a very long time because attitude is a cause, not a result.


There are those who try to accomplish something positive with a negative attitude.  Although their goal may be admirable, their attitude makes it virtually impossible to make it happen.  As a result, their attitude will suffer.  They become disappointed and disheartened.  Rather than resolving to redouble their efforts and continue, they can excuse giving up because they tried really hard but things just didn't work out.

People will further justify a negative attitude with a variety of explanations.  These may include "I'm not lucky," "It's not meant to be," "It's not for me," "I really didn't want it anyway," "The odds were against me,"  "I didn't have enough support," " I didn't know what I was doing," "It was too difficult," "I didn't have enough money," "I didn't have enough time," "I didn't know the right people," or "It isn't that easy to succeed."

It's easy to come up with a multitude of reasons to rationalize failure.  The specific reason is irrelevant.  All excuses serve to feed a negative attitude.  Instead, of putting your effort into formulating reasons to fail, why not conceive just one reason to succeed?  One reason to succeed will energize your attitude, enabling you to overcome obstacles that would otherwise stop you.

Individuals who are successful believed they would succeed before they even started.  They have a clear picture of their destination.  To an outside observer, it may seem as if they have no chance of success.  But in their mind, failure is not an option.

Conversely, someone who doesn't believe success is possible will never achieve it, regardless of how hard they try.  The reason is that their lack of belief programs their brain to prevent the achievements they desire. 

Your accomplishments will always correspond to your mindset regardless of the effort you expend.  Always maintain an awareness of your attitude.  If you are frustrated with your progress, honestly examine your beliefs.  Do you have an unconditional conviction that what you want is possible?  If you don't, you must discover why, and then make any necessary mental adjustments, before success will be possible. 

A lack of burning desire for what you want will have a negative impact on your attitude.  Perhaps you have become frustrated by less success than you expected.  Discouragement also diminishes your attitude. 

The formula for attitude leading to success is simple.  Start with a burning desire to attain your goals.  Have a rock solid belief that you will succeed.  Be willing to put in whatever effort is required.  Don't allow failure to be an option.  Never, ever give up.  Recharge your attitude regularly with positive input.  Don't listen to anyone who tries to discourage you.

Today is a great time to asses and tune-up your attitude.  You can accomplish anything you want only when you truly believe you can.  Since your attitude is completely within your control, you can set it to bring you all you really want.
NOW AVAILABLE:  "Dare to Live Without Limits," the book.  Visit or your bookstore. Bryan is a management consultant, motivational speaker, author, and adjunct professor. E-mail Bryan at or write him c/o this paper.  2007 Bryan Golden




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