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“Remember, the thoughts that you think and the statements you make regarding yourself determine your mental attitude. If you have a worthwhile objective, find the one reason why you can achieve it rather than hundreds of reasons why you can’t.” – Napoleon Hill

In other words, power and success believed are power and success achieved. What Napoleon Hill is referring to in his statement is the fact that your mental attitude will have a direct and undeniable effect on how rewarding your life can be. If you think about this, such a principle can be seen in a number of different facets in our daily lives. A positive approach will open up new boundaries that may have been previously unknown, this approach will allow you to have an optimistic self image and such an attitude will attract like-minded individuals around you.

While all of this may sound extremely obvious, what may be less than clear is the approach in life that will need to be adopted should you wish to enjoy the rewards of this positivity. So, the statement at the beginning of this article once again comes into play; now referring to what Napoleon Hill deemed, “the thoughts you take and the actions you make”. In this sense, he is emphasising an ongoing process as opposed to a one-off attitude. It is therefore essential that a positive mental attitude be cultivated over time. Remember, beautiful things are rarely created overnight. To usher in success, you will need to practice and maintain a positive outlook, even in the face of adversity.

If we now look at the second half of Napoleon Hill’s  statement, we see that he wishes to stress the importance of only focusing on motivational factors. If we step back and take some time to think about this observation, we can easily see that this is quite essential. For example, some of us can think of one hundred reasons not to risk our lives climbing a mountain. Other individuals will highlight the one reason that they should. To use a more down-to-earth example, let us imagine that you are considering getting married. While you may be able to envision countless reasons not to embrace this commitment, the overpowering impetus of love may negate any such influences.

We have just taken a brief look at two singular events in one’s life. This was done only to illustrate that such a mental attitude can produce drastic results quite quickly. However, it is more often than not that this attitude and approach will help to affect a more gradual change. While there may be moments that will display the positive rewards of this viewpoint, success and achievement should be looked at from a more longitudinal perspective. To put it another way, positive attitudes and choices will reflect more of the journey than they ever will the destination.

So, you may be wondering if you have fully embraced this approach. Do you proactively take a positive attitude on a daily basis, or do you find yourself frequently slipping into pessimism and periods of resignation? If you are like most individuals in the world, you will likely reflect both of these attitudes.

This dichotomy is quite common and you should never think yourself to be weak or lacking willpower if consistently espousing a positive mental attitude is difficult. Like any behavior, it will take time to adjust to this seemingly novel approach. Still, a combination of patience and diligence will produce viable results. So, keep your chin up and remember that an optimistic mental attitude will not occur overnight. Nonetheless, the rewards you can experience will be well worth your patience.