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They Did Not Come From My Thoughts Alone

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Thoughts are more powerful than you may realise but the combination of thoughts and action are what make a difference. Over the past months people have come into my life that I would not have come into contact with had it not been for a series of what appeared to be 'unfortunate events'. I can only attribute this to the way my mind was coping with the issues put before me and to making a change in the way I was thinking.

Difficulties can lead to better things, so much so that my mind now converts problems to opportunities.

My father gave me several books to read (I will list them at the end for anyone who is interested). At the time I was only a teenager and like most teenagers thought that I knew better than my father (when I turned twenty one I was amazed at how much HE had learnt). I read the books at his continued prompting and they had an immediate affect on my life.

Working on the floor of a boat manufacturing plant is uncomfortable, dirty and very tiring. Not that I am adverse to doing hard work but it was not a direction that I wished to go for my future. Reading the books at lunchtime drew the attention of the company directors and I was immediately taken off the floor and inserted into the store as 'Assistant Storeman'. This was a huge jump for someone of 16 in that factory and I always put it down to the fact that I was reading those books.

The reason I mention these books is because my life recently had some, what at first appeared to be, major setbacks. I will not go into details here but suffice it to say the worry and stress that these events caused made me physically ill. I felt trapped and unable to find a way out. It then came to me that to go ahead I have to look back at what had brought me to that point.

In reading those books years before it had become second nature for me to apply the principles and lessons learned through them. What had changed more recently was that I had begun to drift away from these principles or apply them only partly. On realising this I sought out and re-read (and listened to the audio versions) of:

  • Success Through A Positive Mental Attitude by Napoleon Hill
  • How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
  • How to Stop Worrying and Start Living by Dale Carnegie

In addition to these I came across another very good audiobook by Stephen R. Covey titled 'The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People'.

During the time of refreshing my mind with the successful principles that I had taken for granted and drifted away from, I came into contact with people who I believe would not have come into my life otherwise. These associates have provided me with opportunities and the knowledge required to overcome the 'not-so-unfotunate' events which had descended upon me.

Again, I am lead to believe that concentrating on the positive, avoiding worry and making plans based on successful habits has now lead me past the majority of the problems that I faced and provided an additional bonus of now having associates who are of like-minded thinking. Applying the principles of the above books and taking action based upon those principles has become my lifelong plan.

Please note that reading and listening did not solve the problems or bring these associates into my life, taking action based on the principles did.

If you are having problems or wish to improve your current position I recommend that you take the time to read the above books. Read them and then take action.

Thank you for taking the time to read this far. I look forward to adding more articles soon.

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