Wednesday, 3 August 2016

4 Steps to Happiness by Brian Tracy

When unexpected problems and circumstances arise, what matters most is how you react to them.

Here's four things you can do to assure that your attitude is the very best it can be, under all circumstances.

Focus On the Future

First, whatever challenges you face, focus on the future rather than on the past. Instead of worrying about who did what and who's to blame, focus on where you want to be and what you want to do.

Get a clear mental image of your ideal successful future, and then take whatever action you can to begin moving in that direction. Get your mind, your thoughts, and your mental images on the future.

Think About the Solution

Second, whenever you're faced with a difficulty, focus on the solution rather than on the problem. Think and talk about the ideal solution to the obstacle or setback, rather than wasting time rehashing the problem. Solutions are inherently positive, whereas problems are inherently negative. The instant that you begin thinking in terms of solutions, you become positive and immediately take action on resolving the issue.

Look For the Good

Third, assume that something good is hidden within each difficulty or challenge. Dr. Norman Vincent Peale, a major proponent of positive thinking, once said, "Whenever God wants to give us a gift, he wraps it up in a problem." The bigger the gift you have coming, the bigger the problem you will receive. But the wonderful thing is that if you look for the gift, you will always find it. Always remember this and problems will not become obstacles for you.

Seek the Valuable Lesson

Fourth, assume that whatever situation you are facing at the moment is exactly the right situation you need to be successful. This situation has been sent to you to help you learn something, to become better, to expand and grow.

Decide to Be Positive

A positive mental attitude is indispensable to your success.

You can be as positive as you want to be if you will simply think about the future, focus on the solution and look for the good. If you do what other successful people do, and use your mind to exert mental control over the situation, you will be positive and cheerful most of the time. And you'll reap the benefits enjoyed by all successful people.

Action Exercises
Here are three steps you can take immediately to put these ideas into action:

First, become solution-oriented with every difficulty you face. Make a habit of looking for the answers to your questions, the solutions to your problems.

Second, seek the valuable lesson in every adversity. Make a list of every idea or insight you can gain from every setback.

Third, think on paper. This is one of the most important recommendations I can make for you to become successful.

This article featured in the Brian Tracy Newsletter.

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