This is slightly long, but worth the read.
Some Great Positive Motivation
by Reader Feedback
READ THIS CAREFULLY, LET IT SINK IN!!!
Michael is the kind of guy you love to hate. He is always in a good
mood and always has something positive to say.
When someone would ask him how he was doing, he would
reply, "If I were any better, I would be twins!"
He was a natural motivator.
If an employee was having a bad day, Michael was
there telling the employee how to look on the positive side of the situation.
Seeing this style really made me curious, so one day
I went up to Michael and asked him, "I don't get it! You can't be a positive person all of the time. How do you do it?"
Michael replied, "Each morning I wake up and say to
myself, you have two choices today.
You can choose to be in a good mood or ... you can
choose to be in a bad mood.
I choose to be in a good mood.
Each time something bad happens, I can choose to be
a victim or...I can choose to learn from it. I choose to learn from it.
Every time someone comes to me complaining, I can
choose to accept their complaining or... I can point out the positive side of life.
I choose the positive side of life.
"Yeah, right, it's not that easy," I protested.
"Yes, it is," Michael said.
"Life is all about choices. When you cut away all
the junk, every situation is a choice. You choose how you react to situations. You choose how people affect your mood. You choose to be
in a good mood or bad mood.
The bottom line: It's your choice how you live your life."
I reflected on what Michael said. Soon thereafter, I
left the Tower Industry to start my own business. We lost touch, but I often thought about him when I made a choice about life instead of
reacting to it.
Several years later, I heard that Michael was
involved in a serious accident, falling some 60 feet from a communications tower.
After 18 hours of surgery and weeks of intensive
care, Michael was released from the hospital with rods placed in his back.
I saw Michael about six months after the accident.
When I asked him how he was, he replied. "If I were any better, I'd be twins. Wan see my scars?"
I declined to see his wounds, but I did ask him what
had gone through his mind as the accident took place.
"The first thing that went through my mind was the
well-being of my soon to be born daughter," Michael replied. "Then, as I lay on the ground, I remembered that I had two choices: I could choose to live or... I could choose to die. I chose to live."
"Weren't you scared? Did you lose consciousness?" I
Michael continued, "...the paramedics were great.
They kept telling me I was going to be fine. But when they wheeled me into the ER and I saw the expressions on the faces of the doctors and nurses, I got
really scared. In their eyes, I read "he's a dead
man. I knew I needed to take action."
"What did you do?" I asked.
"Well, there was a big burly nurse shouting
questions at me," said Michael. "She asked if I was allergic to anything.
"Yes, I replied." The doctors and nurses stopped
working as they waited for my reply. I took a deep breath and yelled, "Gravity."
Over their laughter, I told them, "I am choosing to
live. Operate on me as if I am alive, not dead."Michael lived, thanks to the skill of his doctors, but also because of his amazing
attitude. I learned from him that every day we have the choice to live fully.
Attitude, after all, is everything.
"Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow
will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own." After all today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday.
This is slightly long, but worth the read.
good stuff, thanks
I learned this from a great friend and my karate instructor since I was 12 years old ....
He once told me a story about him fixing some pipes in his bathroom. Well he wasnt paying attention and when he jumped up, there was a piece of pipe still sticking out and it gouged and ripped a nice chunk of skin from his leg. He was in a great deal of pain never the less, but instead of getting pissed, he bowed to the sink and said "thank you master".
This all comes about in the fact that yes you would have been angery, yes it hurt like hell, BUT, what can you do about it. Nothing. It happened and there is nothing you can do to change the fact. This comes in as a lesson and reason why he thanked the sink was because he realized that it was his fault for not paying attention to what he was doing or for rushing through something and not doing it right.
I have taken this into account a number of times and now I dont get mad about things that happen. I just shrug my shoulders and say "what can you do. all well." Then I think to myself, "lesson learned. If I did this or that, then it wouldnt have happened." And then I continue on ........
Thank you Marie that post was a breath of fresh air.
Nice post, starting the new year right.
lol @ fishyfish
This gives me a choice!
I know a girl, (Marie aka Lil Katai) who has not been in class lately. She is talking about coming back this week. I have a choice, make her first class easy, or very very hard.
Bring a towel, and a change of clothes I made my decision. j/k Nice post!
lol Bring it one Dave. I'll take on your hardest class!
For real, push me!