Attitude Is Everything

The difference in success or failure is not how you look, how you dress or how you’re educated. It’s how you think. While it’s not always easy, being able to maintain a positive attitude can change your life in profound ways.

Attitude Is Everything: 10 Rules for Staying Positive breaks down the #1 key to success in a simple, but unforgettable way. No matter what you do in life, the wisdom in this little book will help you succeed!

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Excerpted from Attitude Is Everything: 10 Rules for Staying Positive

Keep an Attitude of Gratitude
Years ago, I was the public relations director for motivational guru, Zig Ziglar. At the time, he was arguably the best-known, most loved speaker in the world. When audience members heard Zig, they witnessed a man chockfull of energy, vitality and joy. Having worked closely with him and knowing him well, I can tell you that the Zig you saw on stage was the real Zig Ziglar. In fact, I can’t remember ever seeing him when he was not happy and upbeat.
The Zig I knew was one carbonated guy.
Every time Zig answered his home phone, he picked up the receiver and said with gusto, “This is Jean Ziglar’s happy husband!” And he meant it.
Awhile back one of Zig’s closest friends and I were discussing Zig’s aura of happiness. “Completely genuine,” his friend said. “I have never seen him down.” Then he added thoughtfully, but with love, “Hardly what you’d call normal.”
“What’s Zig’s secret?” I asked.
“I think,” he said, “it comes down to feeling grateful. Never met a guy more grateful than Zig. Period.”
You’d think anyone that grateful must have had an easy life. But that’s not so.
Zig started out poor. Dirt poor. His father died when he was six, leaving his mother to raise 11 children alone. The family was virtually penniless. Yet despite their poverty, Mrs. Ziglar instilled a strong work ethic in her children and raised them to believe that both she and God loved them. She also instructed her children to practice saying “please” and “thank you.” Those lessons stuck. Her formula of work, love and faith made their difficult lives easier. Gratitude made their lives enjoyable.
Zig once told me, “When we neglect to require our children to say ‘thank you’ when someone gives them a gift or does something for them, we raise ungrateful children who are highly unlikely to be content. Without gratitude, happiness is rare.With gratitude, the odds for happiness go up dramatically.


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Daily Quote: Sense of humor?

“A sense of humor is needed armor.
Joy in one’s heart and some laughter on one’s lips
is a sign that the person down deep has a pretty good grasp of life.” 

~Hugh Sidey

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Power of Inspiration: Wait to worry

The difference in success or failure is not how you look, how you dress or how you’re educated. It’s how you think. While it’s not always easy, being able to maintain a positive attitude can change your life in profound ways.

Attitude Is Everything: 10 Rules for Staying Positive breaks down the #1 key to success in a simple but unforgettable way. No matter what you do in life, the wisdom in this little book will help you succeed! I hope you enjoy this excerpt entitled “Wait to Worry.”

Live Inspired,

Michelle Sedas

Excerpted from
Attitude Is Everything: 10 Rules for Staying Positive
by Vicki Hitzges
Wait to Worry

I used to worry. A lot. The more I fretted, the more proficient I became at it. Anxiety begets anxiety. I even worried that I worried too much! Ulcers might develop. My health could fail. My finances could deplete to pay the hospital bills. A comedian once said, “I tried to drown my worries with gin, but my worries are equipped with flotation devices.” While not a drinker, I certainly could identify! My worries could swim, jump and pole vault!

To get some perspective, I visited a well known Dallas businessman, Fred Smith. Fred mentored such luminaries as motivational whiz Zig Ziglar, business guru Ken Blanchard and leadership expert John Maxwell. Fred listened as I poured out my concerns and then said, “Vicki, you need to learn to wait to worry.” As the words sank in, I asked Fred if he ever spent time fretting. (I was quite certain he wouldn’t admit it if he did. He was pretty full of testosterone — even at age 90.) To my surprise, he confessed that in years gone by he had been a top-notch worrier!

“I decided that I would wait to worry!” he explained. “I decided that I’d wait until I actually had a reason to worry — something that was happening, not just something that might happen before I worried.”  “When I’m tempted to get alarmed,” he confided, “I tell myself, ‘Fred, you’ve got to wait to worry! Until you know differently, don’t worry.’ And I don’t. Waiting to worry helps me develop the habit of not worrying and that helps me not be tempted to worry.”
Fred possessed a quick mind and a gift for gab. As such, he became a captivating public speaker. “I frequently ask audiences what they were worried about this time last year. I get a lot of laughs,” he said, “because most people can’t remember. Then I ask if they have a current worry — you see nods from everybody. Then I remind them that the average worrier is 92% inefficient — only 8% of what we worry about ever comes true.”
Charles Spurgeon said it best. “Anxiety does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow, but only empties today of its strength.”

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Daily Quote: You’re Worth it

“Realize that your health is your wealth.
Want it to grow? Make yourself a priority.
You’re worth it!”

~Vicki Hitzges

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Daily Quote: You're Worth it

“Realize that your health is your wealth.
Want it to grow? Make yourself a priority.
You’re worth it!”

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Daily Quote: We can only be happy now

“How simple it is to see that all the worry in the world cannot control the future.
How simple it is to see that we can only be happy now.
And that there will never be a time when it is not now. “

~Gerald Jampolsky

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Daily Quote: Gratitude

“It’s not easy being grateful all the time. But it’s when you feel least thankful
that you are most in need of what gratitude can give you.”
~Oprah Winfrey

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Attitude is Everything

The difference in success or failure is not how you look, how you dress or how you’re educated. It’s how you think. While it’s not always easy, being able to maintain a positive attitude can change your life in profound ways. Attitude is Everything: 10 Rules for Staying Positive breaks down the #1 key to success in a simple, but unforgettable way. No matter what you do in life, the wisdom in this little book will help you succeed! Enjoy this excerpt from Attitude is Everything called “Wait to Worry.” Do you need to let go of more worry in YOUR life?

Live Inspired,

Michelle Sedas

Excerpted from Attitude is Everything by Vicki Hitzges
“Wait to Worry”

I used to worry. A lot. The more I fretted, the more proficient I became at it. Anxiety begets anxiety. I even worried that I worried too much! Ulcers might develop. My health could fail. My finances could deplete to pay the hospital bills. A comedian once said, “I tried to drown my worries with gin, but my worries are equipped with flotation devices.” While not a drinker, I certainly could identify! My worries could swim, jump and pole vault!

To get some perspective, I visited a well known Dallas businessman, Fred Smith. Fred mentored such luminaries as motivational whiz Zig Ziglar, business guru Ken Blanchard and leadership expert John Maxwell. Fred listened as I poured out my concerns and then said, “Vicki, you need to learn to wait to worry.” As the words sank in, I asked Fred if he ever spent time fretting. (I was quite certain he wouldn’t admit it if he did. He was pretty full of testosterone — even at age 90.) To my surprise, he confessed that in years gone by he had been a top-notch worrier!

“I decided that I would wait to worry!” he explained. “I decided that I’d wait until I actually had a reason to worry — something that was happening, not just something that might happen before I worried.”  “When I’m tempted to get alarmed,” he confided, “I tell myself, ‘Fred, you’ve got to wait to worry! Until you know differently, don’t worry.’ And I don’t. Waiting to worry helps me develop the habit of not worrying and that helps me not be tempted to worry.”

Fred possessed a quick mind and a gift for gab. As such, he became a captivating public speaker. “I frequently ask audiences what they were worried about this time last year. I get a lot of laughs,” he said, “because most people can’t remember. Then I ask if they have a current worry — you see nods from everybody. Then I remind them that the average worrier is 92% inefficient — only 8% of what we worry about ever comes true.”

Charles Spurgeon said it best. “Anxiety does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow, but only empties today of its strength.”

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