#238: Success Thinking
Monday, February 22, 2010
Napoleon Hill, author of "Your Source of Power" and positive thinker supreme, once asked Thomas A. Edison, "What would you have done if you had not finally uncovered the secret of the incandescent electric lamp?"
Edison's response? "I would be in my laboratory working now, instead of wasting my time talking with you."
Funny, yes. Brash, certainly. But an honest answer from the man known for inventing the electric lamp who is as famous for his more than 10,000 separate and distinct failures he endured before he succeeded in his quest.
Hill said he observed a major difference between successful people like Edison and unsuccessful people. The successes speak in the future tense of yet unattained objectives which they intend to achieve. The failures speak in the past tense, of their defeats and their disappointments.
What camp do you fall in?
Do you steadfastly move forward every day toward your goal of weight loss and better health? Or do you lament each failure of overeating and not exercising?
It's easy to stay stuck in "Oh, pity me" thinking, isn't it? It's a lot tougher resolving to put a failure behind us, as Edison did, 10,000 times, and, with steely resolve, move forward toward our objective.
"The greatest and most intricate electronic computer ever built will never approach the capability of your mind." Napoleon Hill.
Will you join me in becoming like Edison in our thinking, forgetting temporary failures and forging ahead toward our ultimate goal?