A positive mental attitude is the most essential element in achieving lasting success in any type of worthwhile endeavor. And from my observations, the people with a real can-do attitude are the ones who generally get ahead in life. The following inspirational quotation from author Walter D. Wintle best sums up the power of a positive mental attitude:
If you think you are beaten, you are. If you think you dare not, you don't. If you like to win, but you think you can't, it's almost a cinch you won't. If you think you'll lose, you've lost. For out in the world we find success begins with a fellow's will. It's all in the state of mind. If you think you are outclassed, you are. You've got to be sure of yourself before you can ever win a prize. Life's battles don't always go to the stronger or faster man, but sooner or later the man who wins is the one who thinks he can ("The Man Who Thinks He Can," Respectfully Quoted: Dictionary of Quotations, 1989).
And if you happen to be one of the many people in America who have an overly negative attitude, you are in desperate need of what is known in the Marine Corps as an attitude adjustment. In simple terms, an attitude adjustment involves changing or adjusting your outlook on life, from that of a skeptical pessimist looking for nothing but the worst, to an open-minded optimist, who focuses on the reward instead of the risk. This does not mean that you ignore risks; it simply means that you no longer let them stop you from achieving success.
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