This is usually the time when we our New Year’s resolutions tend to drift away or we begin to fall back into our old habits. Our negative self-talk might be creeping back in or as we work on ourselves, we’re noticing the other people who seem to be falling into negative thinking habits. Or perhaps those negative thinking habits were always there, but now you're starting recognize it and wanting to pull away from it. As much as we may want to be positive all the time, negative is normal. As Jim Rohn says, “You must learn to handle the negative. Don’t ignore it, don’t live in it or dwell on it, but you must handle it.”
Jim Rohn talks about the Attitude Diseases that hold us back and that “one week of neglect could cost you a year of repair.” So, what are these attitude diseases we need to be on the lookout for and what's one step to handle it?
Indifference- the shrug of the shoulder, drifting, or the mild approach to life. Jim says “you cannot drift to the top of the mountain. We get going for two reasons: inspiration and desperation. Which one or perhaps both, will lead you to your success?"
Indecision- this is mental paralysis. A life full of adventure is a life full of many decisions.
Doubt- is like a plague, especially self-doubt. Become a believer in yourself. The understanding of self-worth is the beginning of progress.
Worry – is devastating that can cause family problems, health problems, and financial problems. Give it up. Who needs it? It’s not easy to give it up, but it’s worth it.
Over caution- timid approach to life. “What if…” is language of the poor. Everything you do and even don't do is a risk. Jim says, "It’s all risky, so give it a go. Don’t ask for security, ask for adventure. It’s not important how long you live, what’s important is how you live."
Pessimism- trying to figure out what’s wrong, looks for faults and is delighted when they are found. Looks out the window and doesn’t notice the beautiful sunrise, instead notices the specs on the window! Jim says, “Poor thinking habits keeps most people poor. Every day stand guard at the door of your mind."
Complaining – crying, whining, and griping. Jim says, "It’s a waste of time. Every time you spend 5 minutes complaining and you’ve just wasted 5 minutes of your life."
Bottom line of what Jim Rohn says is “Learn to put everything you’ve got into everything you do.”
“The strangest secret is that we become what we think about most of the time.” – Earl Nightingale