Nice tips for keeping positive attitude

Having and maintaining a positive attitude is vital for success in life and business. Zig Ziglar gets it right when he says, “It is your attitude, not your aptitude that determines your altitude.” Sure you need skills, but you can learn skills – in fact a positive attitude will make it much more likely that you will learn the skills necessary to succeed. If you take two people with an equal skill set the person with the better attitude will win.

Unfortunately it is not always easy to stay positive and keep a good attitude. As things go wrong throughout your day, it is easy to let negative thoughts start to take over. Thankfully there are many things that you can do to help maintain a positive attitude. These are things that you can do on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis to make sure you keep your positive focus.

1. Read Positive and Inspiring Books

One of the best ways to maintain a positive attitude is by reading positive books. These books serve to encourage you, inspire you, and teach you. Reading requires that you sit still and focus, and by focusing on something positive it helps you to keep a positive mindset throughout the day.

2. Listen to Podcasts/CDS

The advantage of listening to podcasts or compact disks is that you can listen on the go. You can listen to motivating podcasts while you clean your house, exercise, or on a flight. In your car, you can play encouraging compact disks that help you make better use of your commute. Listening to recordings from people like Zig Ziglar, Tony Robbins, or John Maxwell can both teach and inspire you.

3. Wake up Early

One of the best ways to help you maintain a positive attitude is to create the habit of waking up early. Waking up early allows you to get a head start on the day. You can prepare for work and start your day without feeling rushed. You can get a head start on important projects before the rest of the world is awake to interrupt you.

4. Exercise

Very few things in life leverage your time as much as exercise. Obviously it makes a difference for your physical health, but it also has significant benefits to your mental health. Exercise is useful to combat depression and to improve overall positive mood. Further, if you exercise early in the morning you can go through your day knowing that you have already completed the most valuable activity you had to do!

5. Plan Your Week and Day

Having a clear plan to your day and to your week can go a long way to helping you maintain a positive attitude. By knowing what you want to accomplish you will be able to focus on your important life priorities. A weekly plan allows you to match your long-term goals to your weekly accomplishments. Your daily plan allows you complete the activities you need to do so that you meet your weekly goals.

6. Understand that Things Won’t Always Go as Planned

If you plan and expect everything in life will go as you planned, you will be quickly disappointed. One of the keys to maintaining a positive attitude is to understand that things will go wrong. If you expect things to go wrong, you won’t be phased when they do. So have a plan, but understand that things won’t follow the plan. The plan allows you to adapt to what went wrong and move back towards what is important.

7. Get Spiritually Connected

Naturally this one will look different for everyone, and this is simply an option to consider. If you are spiritually connected, you will have a positive outlook on life. This might mean prayer, meditation or reading Scripture. Set aside time each day to be connected spiritually.

8. Be Thankful

Take some time and be thankful. Be thankful about what you have, who you are, and what your life is like. Think through all of the things that you can be thankful for. Even if you are in a tough time in life there are many things you have that you can be thankful for. You need to look for them and recognize them. The very act of focusing on what you are thankful for will help you maintain your positive attitude.

9. Surround Yourself with Positive People

The people around you have a big impact on you. They impact who you are, how much money you will make, and what you value. They also impact how you think. If you surround yourself with negative people you will be negative as well. You can’t help it. Hearing negativity all day leads you to negativity. The opposite is also true. Surround yourself with positive people and you will be more positive.

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THOUGHT OF THE DAY : SILENCE YOUR MIND

There once was a farmer who discovered that he had lost his watch in the barn. It was no ordinary watch because it had sentimental value for him. After searching high and low among the hay for a long while; he gave up and enlisted the help of a group of children playing outside the barn. He promised them that the person who found it would be rewarded.

Hearing this, the children hurried inside the barn, went through and around the entire stack of hay but still could not find the watch.

Just when the farmer was about to give up looking for his watch, a little boy went up to him and asked to be given another chance. The farmer looked at him and thought, “Why not? After all, this kid looks sincere enough. So the farmer sent the little boy back in the barn.

After a while the little boy came out with the watch in his hand! The farmer was both happy and surprised and so he asked the boy how he succeeded where the rest had failed.

The boy replied, “I did nothing but sit on the ground and listen. In the silence, I heard the ticking of the watch and just looked for it in that direction.

MORAL:

A peaceful mind can think better than a worked up mind. Allow a few minutes of silence to your mind every day, and see, how sharply it helps you to set your life the way you expect it to be…!

Depression….How to over come….‏

Those in the early stages of depression can easily come out of it on their own.

Our scriptures discipline our daily routine. For example, though bathing is only to cleanse the body, our scriptures tell us when to and when not to bathe. And also bathing is described as a virtuous act. Similarly, though food is taken to appease hunger, our scriptures tell us when and what type of food to be had.

Having food and offering food to others (annadhana) are considered as worship. As never seen anywhere else it is only here in our land that scriptures have been made even for kaama (Sex). All these only go to show that our feelings/emotions need to be properly channelized.

Depressed people yearn to be like the experts in various fields – to be like the good musician when they listen to a good music performance, to be like the cricketer when they watch a cricket match and so on. This trait is also a mental weakness and is sheer foolishness.

Mental strength and thinking capacity increases when one reduces talking. One should always be cheerful and pleasant. One should be in the company of good friends and saints. Good books also make good company. One should always be positive in thought, word and deed, as these have power.

One should have a concrete goal in life. Adoption of a child by childless couples is only to bring meaning into their lives. In spiritual life realization is the goal. At the same time one should put in constant effort.

Though festivals like Sri Ramanavami, Vinayaka Chathurthi, Krishna Jayanthi (Gokulashtami), Navarathri, etc. are basically religious in nature, they are also meant to overcome idleness, bring in cheerfulness and promote social interaction. Our religious concepts have sound logic as basis.

We should avoid the company of people who have negative attitude, who always find fault with others and who are idle because negative qualities are very contagious.

If we follow the mantra ‘ADJUST, ADAPT AND ACCOMMODATE’ the world would be a better place to live in

Mind is both wonderful and dangerous. Reading the essay on ‘DEPRESSION’ would probably have made many people believe they, too, fit into the description of many symptoms of depression. It is not so. As long as the mind exists, such imaginations and thoughts are unavoidable. Only when such imaginations cross the threshold can we term it, ‘DEPRESSION’.

To put it in a nutshell,

a. One should have a definite purpose in life
b. One should not waste a single moment
c. One should talk less
d. One should cultivate good thoughts and be in good company
e. One should have a practical approach towards life, and
f. One should believe in God

Observing these simple guidelines will enable us to lead a healthy life interpreting events based on scriptures…to be continued the second part…

8 Wealthiest people of 1923

In 1923 , eight of the wealthiest people in the world met . Their combined wealth , estimated, exceeded the wealth of the government of the United States (there was no Apple and recession then). These men knew how to make a living and accumulate wealth . It’s very interesting to read about what happened to these 8 wealthiest people in the world , 25 years later …..

So 25 years later…….
1. President of the largest Steel Company , Charles Schwab , died bankrupt, living on borrowed money for five years before his death
2. President of the largest Gas Company , Howard Hubson , went insane
3. One of the greatest commodity traders , Arthur Cutton , died insolvent
4. President of the New York Stock Exchange, Richard Whitney , was sent to jail
5. A member of the President’s Cabinet , Albert Fall , was pardoned from jail
6. The greatest “bear” on Wall Street , Jessie Livermore , committed suicide
7. President of the world’s greatest monopoly , Ivar Krueger , committed suicide
8. President , Bank of International Settlement , Leon Fraser , committed suicide

So, what happened? Where did they go wrong? They most certainly made lots and lots of money. They were very wealthy . But what did they lack then? In fact , as much as they knew how to make a living, they forgot to make a life! Instead, they just made Money! Money provides comfort and status, so true. It also provides food for the hungry, medicine for the sick, clothes for the needy; and shelter for the homeless, yet, noteworthy to mention that is only a medium of exchange.

Our education system needs to share two kinds of education. One that teaches us skills on how to make a living ; and one that teaches us values on how to live life , free from entrapment of chasing after an illusion of happiness. Many people are entrapped in that chase neglecting health , family , the social responsibilities, the environment and moment by moment of real deep fresh breathing . The kids are sleeping when we leave home . They are sleeping when we come home . Twenty years later, we WILL turn back , and they’ll all be gone . Same goes for our health , dreams, and purpose in life . Twenty years later , they will all be gone or a far distant memory .

Without water , a ship cannot move . The ship needs water . Yet , if the water gets into the ship, the ship will face problems and potentially sink. Similarly , we live in a time where earning is a necessity ; but let not the earning enter our hearts ; for , what was once
a means of living , will become heavy chain, an entrapment and a means of destruction !!!??? So take a moment and ask yourself ….

“Has the water entered my ship ?”

The Monkey and the Apples…

There once was a happy monkey wandering the jungle, eating delicious fruit when hungry, and resting when tired. One day he came upon a house, where he saw a bowl of the most beautiful apples. He took one in each hand and ran back into the forest. He sniffed the apples and smelled nothing. He tried to eat them, but hurt his teeth. They were made of wood, but they were beautiful, and when the other monkeys saw them, he held onto them even tighter.

He admired his new possessions proudly as he wandered the jungle. They glistened red in the sun, and seemed perfect to him. He became so attached to them, that he didn’t even notice his hunger at first.

A fruit tree reminded him, but he felt the apples in his hands. He couldn’t bear to set them down to reach for the fruit. In fact, he couldn’t relax, either, if he was to defend his apples. A proud, but less happy monkey continued to walk along the forest trails.

The apples became heavier, and the poor little monkey thought about leaving them behind. He was tired, hungry, and he couldn’t climb trees or collect fruit with his hands full. What if he just let go?

Letting go of such valuable things seemed crazy, but what else could he do? He was so tired. Seeing the next fruit tree, and smelling it’s fruit was enough. He dropped the wooden apples and reached up for his meal. He was happy again.

Like that little monkey, we sometimes carry things that seem too valuable to let go. A man carries an image of himself as “productive” – carries it like a shiny wooden apple. But in reality, his busyness leaves him tired, and hungry for a better life. Still, letting go seems crazy. Even his worries are sacred apples – they prove he’s “doing everything he can.” He holds onto them compulsively.

Moral: : Caryy the valuable things along with you…

The Senses in Balance

Our five senses are windows, which open out to the world through which energy flows in two directions. The senses receive impressions and information from the world, and at the same time transmit our personalities to others. Our eyes receive a constant stream of visual messages, but we may also use the eyes to show how we feel. Through our ears we hear the sounds of life; while by “lending an ear” to others we give comfort to them. Touch allows us to experience texture; but can also transmit love and assurance. Our senses are not merely instruments, but deep-rooted aspects of the self or the soul.

In India, the senses of the body (eyes, ears, nose, tongue and hands) are beautifully depicted in the form of a chariot. The self or the soul is the charioteer (controller of the chariot); the five senses are the five horses. The self keeps the senses harmoniously (peacefully) working together, controlling their tendency to go out of control.

Inner stability requires a degree of internal fortitude. We can begin to develop this fortitude by recognizing and appreciating our own unique set of GOD gifted resources, strengths, values, and abilities. We need to spend some time figuring out who we are as a person and learn to connect with that person.

Sadly, most of us have lost touch with our creative self. We have allowed the roles we play to define who we are as a person when it should be the other way around. From this perspective the winds of change can easily throw us off balance and disturb our own life.

Most people choose a life course that is based on external criteria.They end up following a path that leads away from the expression of their true self. Consequently, with each step they actually distance themselves from the life they truly looking for.

To accomplish this requires that you actually know who you really are and what you really want. Once you are in touch with your true self, the changes around you become much less influential. Instead of your identity being anchored to external forces, it remains safe and secure no matter which way the winds of change decide to blow.