Sherry A. Phillips

Suspense Author

Success Through A Positive Mental Attitude


Regardless of who you are or what you have been, you can be what you want to be. – W. Clement Stone

Success through a positive mental attitude, yes, it’s the name of a book, but it’s also a way of life for those who are successful. How you think about yourself and your goals really will shape your future.

I was thinking about the people I have known throughout my life and I realized that I knew several people who were in the same profession, but economically and personally were worlds apart. What was the difference?
The only conclusion I have come up with is how they think about themselves and what they want out of life or more accurately, what they believe they can achieve.

Here are three examples:

Example 1 – The painter

I’m not talking about an artistic painter here (though I could give you examples there as well). My husband and I used to go to church with a man who owned a house painting business. He was the sole employee. His family bought their clothes from second hand shops and they lived in a very small, dilapidated house.
There is another man we know. He, too, owns a house painting business. He employs more than 50 people. His family dresses in designer clothes, he and his wife drive luxury vehicles and they live in a million dollar home in a gated community.

Example 2 – The Chiropractor

A friend of my husband’s is a chiropractor in a town not far from here. He lives in a small house with his family and his practice is located inside their home. His family dresses in simple affordable clothing, they drive older vehicles and are located in a lower middle class neighborhood.

One of my friends has a neighbor who is also a chiropractor. However, he owns a thriving practice in the heart of our town. His wife drives a Mercedes mini-van, they built a beautiful $2 million home in a gated community and their children attend the best private schools.

Example 3 – The Architect

We have another friend who is an architect. He works for a large restaurant chain. His family lives in a middle class neighborhood. The family buys their clothes at discount stores and drives mid-range vehicles. He is miserable and dreads going to work every day.

A very good friend of mind has a husband who is an architect. He owns his own firm and three years ago, they built their dream home which cost probably in the neighborhood of $2 million. They live in a gated community and drive a Lexus and a Hummer. My friend buys her clothes at the best clothing boutiques. Their children were able to attend the best private schools in our area.

What makes this last comparison of the Architect so unique is that the architect is the same man! About 9 years ago, he went to see a psychologist who helped him see why he was so miserable in his job. He decided to quit his job and start his own business. He now employs 6 other architects, is a real estate developer and even though he is working twice as much as he used to, he loves what he is doing and always has a smile on his face.
There is nothing special about one comparison or the other. All three examples have the same education, the same training, the same start and one is even the same man! None of the successful men won the lottery or were given a lump sum to help them succeed.

The only difference I have come up with is the way they thought. They wanted different things or believed they were worthy to achieve different things and the successful men worked tirelessly to make their goals happen.
It all begins with how you think about yourself and what you believe you can achieve.

“Success Through a Positive Mental Attitude” is one of my favorite books. It’s a “go to” on my bookshelf anytime I need inspiration or an extra push in the right direction. If you’ve never read it, I highly recommend you get a copy and set your mind on the path to success.

Have a blessed and successful day!

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