Positive Choice

Posted in Attitude, Victorious Living by PCraig on April 28, 2010

Saw an excerpt the other day from Stephen Covey about the 90/10 principle.  It goes something like this: 10% of life is made up of what happens to you, while 90% is decided by how you react to it.  What does this mean?  I have control over 90% of what is currently going on in my life by my attitude.  Here’s an illustration:  You cannot control a red light (10%), but you can control how you react to it (90%).  Just carry that example throughout everything that happens during your day.

What would happen if we did this in regard to how we treat people?  Someone cuts in front of us in traffic (10%) and it ruins an hour of our day (90%).  Think what would happen if instead of getting upset, we said, “That person must be in a real hurry, so I hope they don’t get in an accident.” 

If you need more reasons to not be negative, consider that studies have shown that positive people live longer (on average 10 more years).  Here’s another, positive work environments outperform negative work environments. 

I had a very positive, thankful grandmother, who lived to be 93 and lived on her own until her death and I plan on doing the same.  How about you?  Remember, being positive is a choice.  (Tip: negative people don’t think it’s a choice, they think it’s because of their circumstances) 

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