Chapter 5. Change Your Life, Change Your Mindset

 

"When you come to a roadblock, take a detour."

 
 --Mary Kay Ash, entrepreneur
 

"If you don't like something, change it; if you can't change it, change the way you think about it."

 
 --Mary Engelbreit, entrepreneur
 

"Fear less, hope more; eat less, chew more; whine less, breathe more. Talk less, say more. Love more, and all good things will come to you."

 
 --Swedish proverb
 

"Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you'll start having positive results."

 
 --Willie Nelson, country and western singer

Change Your Life, Change Your Mindset

Here's Where to Start

I'm going to tell you the most simple and at the same time most profound idea you'll ever hear in all your life.

I mean that! In all your life!

Here it is: The reason you feel positive or negative at any given moment has nothing to do with other people or with what's happening in the world outside your door. It has everything to do with how you react to these influences on a mental and emotional level.

Let me introduce you to my colleague, Nina. During the 2009 economic downturn, Nina lost most of the money she'd invested in stocks and in her 401(k) plan. As a result, she was feeling very sorry for herself and really pissed at the world. She'd become impossible to deal with at the studio.

I work with Nina pretty closely. She's middle-aged, smart, pretty, and well-educated, and has lots of good ideas and a fair amount of ambition. She's also sarcastic, backbiting, self-deprecating, ...

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