Cart Before the Horse

“A great attitude is not the result of success; success is the result of a great attitude.”  Earl Nightingale

Ever heard of the million-dollar smile? Celebrities and philanthropists tend to look happy. Getting out of their hot cars with their fine threads and beautiful dates. If my life was like that, I’d be happy, too, you may think. But you’re putting the cart before the horse. You experience a certain state of being only after it’s been your state of mind for a while.

Maybe you decided to think happy, healthy, wealthy thoughts once. You didn’t turn into a billionaire overnight, so you went back to your stinking thinking. Or, you tried to visualize that disease going away one day and it didn’t. After a few days you gave up because that positive thinking mumbo jumbo doesn’t work anyway, you told yourself.

The fact is, thinking about prosperity for any length of time does make you more prosperous. But thinking about prosperity for a few seconds every now and again is not the same as letting thoughts of prosperity incessantly flood your psyche every second for years and years until it flushes out all negativity and becomes your habitual mode of thinking.

A fleeting, inconsistent thought brings fleeting results. Sustained, concentrated thoughts bring sustained results.

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