Why is it that people who seem to be doing well always seem to attract more good things into their lives, while those who struggle continue facing adversity? Is it simply a matter of luck?

Or could it be that the quality of our lives is determined not by random chance or external circumstances, but by our perspectives?

“Your attitude determines your altitude.” –Zig Ziglar

Part of being human is the need to justify our belief systems. We specifically look out for examples and “proof” of what we believe in. And we end up getting what we look for.

For example, if you wake up on the wrong side of bed and tell yourself, “I’m going to have a bad day”, then you will be on the alert for everything and anything that could go wrong. The waitress getting your morning coffee wrong. You get stuck in a jam. You open your inbox to find it flooded with new e-mails to wade through.

But if you tell yourself you’re going to have a great day, no matter what happens, you will see it as a reason to be thankful. If the waitress hadn’t mixed up your order you won’t have tried a new drink you now like. Looking at the magnificent sunset as your car crawls through traffic fills you with a sense of awe. You open your inbox to find it flooded with new possibilities to attack.

Compare happy, empowered people leading fulfilling lives – they may come from different backgrounds, walks of life, and cultures, but the one thing they share in common is an undefeatable attitude.

Two people can go through exactly the same thing, and one can see it as a curse, while the other, as a blessing or opportunity. What you choose to believe about your situation will become your reality. So don’t be a victim to your circumstances, but rather, own and define them!

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