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One of my favorite authors & speakers is the late David Foster.  You’ll see a lot of quotes from him in my book.  David once said that there are 3 types of people in this world:  Crawlers, Coasters, and Climbers.  I’m betting you can envision what he’s talking about.  He goes on to say “Climbers have and Abundance mentality, Coasters and crawlers have scarcity mentality.”  Mentality plays such a huge role in our lives.  Join me in asking yourself this:  when you look at a situation, do you scan it for all that could go wrong, or all that could go right.  I think there is always potential for both.  We will likely find just what we are looking for.  Expect failure and it will most likely land in your lap.  Expect success and you’ll be looking thru the proper lens and find that even when a big hooray doesn’t happen, a big event, you still see the little successes along the path and find some satisfaction and value in that.  Failure does happen in life and we have to learn from it, but don’t anticipate scarcity, because it welcomes it.  Look for the abundance of love in your family, skills and quality character in your workplace, value and quality in your friendships.  Stop making a list of everything that’s wrong with your life, and the people in it.  Write a story of everything that’s gone right.  We all have abundance of something in our lives.  What is it in your life?  Write it down.  Be thankful for it.  Set goals to do more with the good, learn from the bad and get the weight of your “mess-ups” off your head, and under your feet.

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Selfless is word we rarely hear anymore. We live in world that magnifies self, encourages self, promotes self, builds self up. I do believe that self confidence is important...confidence is the companion of success. Its important to be confident in who you are. The imbalance comes when increasing what you are take precedence over developing who you are. We get caught up in getting another promotion, buying a bigger home, driving a nicer car, increasing our social status, building SELF, often at the expense of those we love and care about the most. We turn around and see the collateral damage left in our path that we completely overlooked as we were forging ahead to reach the next goal. Here's the bottom line...many times we don't necessarily have to change what we do, but instead “why” we do it. If its all about “me”, the focus is on what I don't have and need to gain. When we shift the spotlight to others, it becomes about what we do have and need to give. Stop zooming in on WHAT you do and focus on WHY you do it. Don't build a kingdom of self...In the process of living a successful life, as most of us desire, build a kingdom of family, meaningful relationships, memories that last forever, live for something bigger than you. Its stressful to try to keep everything within your control, I've been there. Let Go, and Let God...become selfless and live for Him and watch it transform your life.

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A pessimist is one who makes difficulties of his opportunities, and an optimist is one who makes opportunities of his difficulties.

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