Your Attitude Can Kill or Cure You

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Your Attitude Can Kill or Cure You

Dear Future Centenarian,

I have an amazing friend named John Carlton. If you think this week™s essay is too long and not my words, blame John and his brilliance¦ not me. His message is just too strong and too important to not reprint part of it. If you want more, read John™s whole blog at http://www.john-carlton.com/2013/01/the-rest-of-your-freakin-life-again/. I carved the following out of the middle.

This message is too important to not absorb, regardless of your interests. So œHere™s Johnny.

 

There are a few enlightened health pro™s who say we should let our bodies wind down every year or so. Get a full system-flush type of cold, crawl under the covers for a few days and let the demons and other bad stuff bubble to the surface. So you can purge the crud. Evacuate the used-up bacteria and tube-clogs out of your pipes, physically. And shoo the whispering monsters out of your head.

We™re not perfect creatures. We need to sleep, we need to recharge our batteries, and we need to stop and get our bearings. At least once a year. So don™t beat yourself up for the occasional down period. We all have them, and the healthiest folks just roll with it. It™s not good to repress this stuff.

Now, I have two things to say about this:

Keep in mind the fact that everyone goes through bumpy emotional states. And that the percentage of people who actually do lose it every year is rather small.

Most of the time, you™re probably going to be fine. Even when your problems seem overwhelming. There are tools available to help your brain cope. You don™t often come across these tools on your own.

Often, just discovering that you™re not alone in what you™re going through, that others have successfully navigated similar troubles, and that the folks who study human behavior and thinking patterns now have really simple (and super-effective) ways to obliterate feeling overwhelmed can solve much of what™s currently holding you back.

And it turns out that, at some point in your life, Abraham Lincoln was right “ you are as happy as you decide to be.

This is startling news to anyone lost in despair. Because it seems like you™ve been forced to feel that way. With no choice.

But it™s not the case. The happiness study revealed that you cannot tell from a person™s current attitude what sort of trauma they had gone through earlier in life. People who had suffered horribly could be happy as larks, while silver-spoon never-stubbed-a-toe folks were miserable.

The difference? Attitude. Optimistic people work through setbacks and trauma¦ while pessimists settle into a funk that can™t be budged.

And it™s a CHOICE. At some point in your life, you choose to either live in gloom or sunlight.

This realization rocks many folk™s boat. Especially the pessimists. They dominate society, politics, business, everything. And they are very protective of their gloom and doom outlook. Invested, heavily, in proving themselves right about the inherent nastiness of life.

Maybe you™re one of ˜em.

If you are, you™re killing yourself.

The guys in lab coats who study this stuff say that heart disease rates are HALF for optimists over pessimists. So, even if you doubt the ability to measure œhappiness ” and it is a rather rocky science ” you still can™t deny the stats on dropping dead from a gloomy ticker.

Now, I am most assuredly NOT a clear-eyed optimist. I get creepy feelings around people who are too happy all the time.

But I do prefer having a good time, and appreciating the finer things in life.

I™m just good at balancing out the bad with the good.

If you focus on the bad things that can go wrong, you™ll never crawl out of bed in the morning.

When you finally realize that ” not counting health problems ” pretty much everything bad that business, or relationships, or politics can throw at you will not kill you¦ then you can begin to relax.

Hey ” I™m in no position to tell anyone how to live their life. I™ve screwed up plenty, and if I have any wisdom at all, it™s only because I™ve survived some truly hairy situations.

But I don™t believe anyone else is in a position to tell you how to live, either. That™s gotta be your decision.

And it™s a damn hard one to make.

Fortunately, while I can™t tell you how to live, I can move some smooth (and proven) advice in your direction. Take it or leave it¦ but give it a listen anyway, cuz my track record on successful advice-giving is fairly impressive.

And I™m telling you that having a hateful, brooding attitude will stunt your growth. It will make you a smaller person, a less-wise person, an older and feebler person. And you won™t grow. Not spiritually, not physically, not emotionally. Not in your business life, either.

Most people don™t want to grow, anyway. Growth only comes from movement and change¦ and the vast majority of the folks walking the earth with us today are terrified of change.

You can™t blame them, really. Change is a form of death. Whatever was before, dies. And whatever comes next must be nurtured with devotion and sacrifice.

That™s hard. That™s a hard way to live, always dying and being reborn.

And because it™s hard, it™s avoided.

Well, screw that.

I suspect, if you™re reading this, you are not afraid of change. But you may not yet understand the power that REALLY giving yourself to change offers.

And that brings us to¦

Thing Numero Dos: Goals are all about change.

Here™s John™s whole blog. I can™t think of a more valuable way to invest 5 minutes.

http://www.john-carlton.com/2013/01/the-rest-of-your-freakin-life-again/

More Life,
David Kekich
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