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History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again.
-- Maya Angelou


Tuesday, July 2, 1996

Adjust your thinking for success

Here are five attitude adjustments for successful living. Keep them in mind as you go through your day.

  1. Act, don’t react. When you react to something, you are not really in control of your own destiny. Reactions can be time-wasting distractions that keep you from what you really want to do. Taking action, taking the initiative, will prevent you from having to react.

  2. Remember that “those who know HOW will always work for those who know WHY. Look for the why, and see the big picture. There are always those who know HOW. The world rewards visionaries who can see the WHY.

  3. Stay focused. Jumping from thing to thing dilutes your skills, your enthusiasm and your time. You can have anything you want, but not everything. Decide what you really want and go for it. Learn to let go of the rest.

  4. Look for opportunity in all situations -- especially “problems". Every problem is positively ripe with opportunity. Opportunity is everywhere. Learn to open your eyes to it. Ask “How can I do this better? Why did this happen? What would prevent this problem from occuring in the future?"

  5. Look for ways to create value. Those who can deliver the most value to the most people are the winners in life.

    — Ralph Marston

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