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An Optimist At All Times
by: Brian Tracy
wants to be physically healthy. You want to be mentally healthy as well.
The true measure of “mental fitness” is how optimistic you
are about yourself and your life.
In this newsletter,
you learn how to control your thinking in very specific ways so that you
feel terrific about yourself and your situation, no matter what happens.
Control Your Reactions and Responses
There are three basic differences in the reactions of optimists and pessimists.
The first difference is that the optimist sees a setback as temporary,
while the pessimist sees it as permanent. The optimist sees an unfortunate
event, such as an order that falls through or a sales call that fails,
as a temporary event, something that is limited in time and that has no
real impact on the future. The pessimist, on the other hand, sees negative
events as permanent, as part of life and destiny.
Isolate the Incident
difference between the optimist and the pessimist is that the optimist
sees difficulties as specific, while the pessimist sees them as pervasive.
This means that when things go wrong for the optimist, he looks at the
event as an isolated incident largely disconnected from other things that
are going on in his life.
Setbacks As Temporary Events
For example, if something you were counting on failed to materialize and
you interpreted it to yourself as being an unfortunate event, but something
that happens in the course of life and business, you would be reacting
like an optimist. The pessimist, on the other hand, sees disappointments
as being pervasive. That is, to him they are indications of a problem
or shortcoming that pervades every area of life.
Take Failure Personally
The third difference between optimists and pessimists is that optimists
see events as external, while pessimists interpret events as personal.
When things go wrong, the optimist will tend to see the setback as resulting
from external factors over which one has little control.
If the optimist
is cut off in traffic, for example, instead of getting angry or upset,
he will simply downgrade the importance of the event by saying something
like, “Oh, well, I guess that person is just having a bad day.”
on the other hand, has a tendency to take everything personally. If the
pessimist is cut off in traffic, he will react as though the other driver
has deliberately acted to upset and frustrate him.
Calm and Objective
The hallmark of the fully mature, fully functioning, self-actualizing
personality is the ability to be objective and unemotional when caught
up in the inevitable storms of daily life. The superior person has the
ability to continue talking to himself in a positive and optimistic way,
keeping his mind calm, clear and completely under control.
The mature personality is more relaxed and aware and capable of interpreting
events more realistically and less emotionally than is the immature personality.
As a result, the mature person exerts a far greater sense of control and
influence over his environment, and is far less likely to be angry, upset,
The Long View
Look upon the inevitable setbacks that you face as being temporary, specific
and external. View the negative situation as a single event that is not
connected to other potential events and that is caused largely by external
factors over which you can have little control. Simply refuse to see the
event as being in any way permanent, pervasive or indicative of personal
incompetence of inability.
think like an optimist, no matter what happens. You may not be able to
control events but you can control the way you react to them.
Here is something you can do immediately to put this close into action.
Plan your words carefully in advance so you can ask for the order smoothly
and without hesitation. Practice in front of a mirror if you want to.
Be the best!
here... and get them motivated!."
And while you are at it get your FREE
CD and find out the other 20 secrets of self-made millionaires.
Put The Pedal to the medal.
Want to tone your lower body, enhance circulation and strengthen your
heart today? Ride your bike! Regular cycling also improves your cholesterol
profile, lowers your blood pressure, reduces the risk of heart disease
and colon cancer, and helps control your weight.
be tested is good. The challenged life may be the best therapist."
holds you back from being all that you are?
In your journal,
list at least 5 things that hold you back.
your answers. Have you blamed people or factors outside of yourself?
to understand that ALL obstructions are rooted in our internal blocks.
Even the problems that appear to be outside of us are only reflecting
back to us problems we have inside. Once we address our inner issues,
the outer problems disappear.
accountable for everything in your life and watch your perspectives shift.
We claim our power when we accept responsibility for our lives.
evolution begins as we take responsibility for clearing our own obstructions."
Carb Sugar Free All
Natural Lemon Marmalade
Makes 2 pints or 4 cups (64 tablespoons).
1 pound lemons (5 – 6 lemons)
Water to cover
5 tb sp.Steviva
Blend or equivalent
1 envelope unsweetened gelatine dissolved in ¼ cup of water
Wash the lemons
thoroughly in warm water.
Cut each lemon in half and squeeze out the juice.
Remove the seeds and cut away pulp and excess pith. Tie the pulp, pith
and seeds loosely in a muslin bag.
Slice the skins into matchstick strips and place these in the cooking
pan with the juice, and add water until lemon matchsticks are just covered.
Tuck the muslin bag into the pot, bring to the boil and simmer until the
strips of lemon skin are very tender.
Remove the muslin bag and squeeze out any liquid.
Add the Steviva
Blend or equivalent and bring to the boil until it is fully dissolved.
Take off the heat and let cool slightly.
Taste for sweetness and add more Steviva
Blend or equivalent to taste.
Dissolve the gelatine in a little hot water, and stir thoroughly into
the marmalade mixture.
Pour into hot clean jars and seal. Store, when cool in the refrigerator.
- 83 calories and 53 grams of carbohydrates. Per Serving– 1.3 calories
and 0.8 grams of carbohydrates.