The great Henry Ford said “whether you think you can or think you cannot, you’re right”.

One of the most important things about success is you have to think like a “winner” — you have to believe to succeed. Look, if you don’t believe in yourself who will?

Ford wrote these words many years ago but they are very true even until today. The fact is, what you believe, you “attract” and create. The thoughts you put into your head are very important – if you put negative beliefs into your head, you WILL become negative. Simple as that. If you put skeptical thoughts in your head, no matter how great an opportunity is presented to you, you will still unable to “see” and seize it.

Did you know that we take in so much negative information every single day? Every morning you wake up and turn on the news and guess what… every day the first pieces of information you received were all bad. A war here, a killing here, bad economy, disasters, people full of hate and negative stuff like those. So you’ve only been up 10 minutes but have already been exposed to negativity.

Instead, you should look out for wonderful things, like just noticing a beautiful flower, or listening to the sound of nature in the morning — this will get you into the “right state” for an exciting day.

Another way to stay positive every day is to start your day by focusing on your goals.

A goal will help you to motivate forward – the goal could be aiming to cultivate a habit you wish to acquire, to possess materials like getting a new  car, house, etc, to improve your career, enhance your relationship and so on. You see, when you achieve a goal, it will result in an emotional positive state.

At the same time, it is important to understand that when setting a goal you need to make sure that it is ecological. For example if you set the goal to make $10,000 a month, what are you going to sacrifice doing this? Not seeing your family as often, sleeping less, not eating?

Goals keep us motivated. They give us something to aim for. They also act as feedback as to how near or far away we are from achieving success. Sometimes, people find it too hard to achieve their goals because they have set long-term goals before setting short­ term ones!

So when you set a goal, you want to be SMART — Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Timely.

An example of being SMART… “I want to lose weight” becomes:

I want to lose 3 pounds, in 2 months’ time and fit into a size 34 waist pair of trousers. I will exercise two evenings a week in the gym from 7 – 9. I can achieve this as I have lost weight in this way before.

This goal is now more realistic, as the person has set out a specific amount of weight to loose, it is measurable and realistic and a time frame has been set.

If you have a goal to think of, I guess you won’t have time to waste with negative matters that are trying to get inside your mind and secondly, each time you achieve a goal, you’ll celebrate to create more positive reinforcement into your life.

However, when setting your goals, they must be completely holistic and balance for your personal life and work.

Last but not least, I couldn’t emphasize this strong enough — whether you’re successful or not, it really depends on your mindset, how you interpret any “event” or the occurrence that is happening this very minute. I mean, you could read this blog post and say how awesome it is or what a waste of time — whatever your interpretation is, it’ll influence what you’ll be doing next. And guess what, that is what’s happening in your life every day, you’re always thinking of what “to do” next.

If you like what you’ve read, find some truth to what I’ve shared or just like to say something, please leave your comment — I read every one of it personally.

Your friend,

Patric Chan

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