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Transcript of Attitude
You will minimize fear before you face problems, because problems will have a purpose.
You will govern your mind through absolute, universal principles.
You will learn from your mistakes and then let them go.
You will look for creative solutions when difficult circumstances arise
You will believe in yourself and others
You will never give up and you will stay focused and optimistic
You will frequently evaluate and adjust your attitude
To build a positive mental attitude:
Have a clear vision of the purpose for your life. Focus on and give direction to your behavior. Look towards the future. Learn to be a visionary and search for the specifics that will get you closer to reaching your goals.
Learn to discern negative signs. Signals of negativism are: pessimism, lack of motivation and apathy. When you focus your thoughts on good things, you will find them. “Every thought is a seed. If you plant crab apples, don’t count on harvesting Golden Delicious.” (Bill Meyer)
Apply the formula “Yes, I can do it.” Doing what is right produces good outcomes. To move towards happiness and success, you must decide and declare: “I can and I will be like that.”
Connect mission with destiny. This will enable you to control your mind while keeping your focus. Understand that each mission (goal) you work towards takes you another step closer to your destiny (potential).
Become an agent of hope inside your circle of influence - your job, friends, and family. Hope moves and stimulates you and others towards action; hope gives you the energy to solve problems.
With every goal, there must be the right reason. With every dream, there must be the right purpose. The foundation for success is having a positive attitude.
Concerns about John C. Maxwell 1 Samuel 17 — In The Winning Attitude, Maxwell says, "When Goliath came up against the Israelites, the soldiers all thought, He's so big we can never kill him. David looked at the same giant and thought, He's so big I can't miss" (TWA, p. 31; emphasis in original). This again is an example of missing the real reason why the narrative tells us a story. To take Goliath as if he is illustrative of problems or obstacles in our lives, the Israelite's reaction as negative thinking, and David's reaction as positive thinking, is to completely violate sound principles of Biblical interpretation regarding historical narrative. Maxwell's use of this passage has nothing to do with why God's Word tells us this story. Numbers 13 & 14 — Maxwell uses the story of Israel's failure to enter the Promised Land in Numbers 13 and 14 as illustrative of how "negative thinking limits God and our potential" (TWA, p. 122). Besides false notions of "positive thinking" and "negative thinking," Maxwell's use of this passage misses the real reason why Israel failed to reap God's promises. It had nothing to do with being "positive" or "negative." Rather, Israel's failure was due to unbelief. There was no question that God repeatedly had promised Israel that He was going to give them this land. This promise constituted God's inauguration through Abraham of His relationship with His chosen people (Genesis 12:1-3). The difference between the two reactions of the spies and the nation of Israel was that Caleb and Joshua believed God's promise, and the others did not. It is as simple as that. The lesson is profound. The issue of believing God resounds throughout the entire Bible. In fact, our very salvation is a function of believing God (Romans 4:3-5). To reduce the Numbers passage to the categories of positive and negative thinking, rather than belief and unbelief in God, is to tragically miss the whole point of the passage and neglect a perfect opportunity to teach a very important Biblical doctrine.