Your Attitude Determines Your Altitude

“Whatever you vividly imagine,

Ardently desire,

Sincerely believe,

And enthusiastically act upon,

Must inevitably come to pass.”

~Paul J. Meyer, Founder of Success Motivation Institute, Inc.

It was over 40 years ago, that my stockbroker buddy recommended a program, “The Dynamics of Personal Leadership”, produced by Success Motivation Institute Inc. He knew that I was very depressed over losing my sweetheart and having screwed up just about everything else I had attempted up to that point in my life. I was actually beginning to think that I should get a tattoo reading: “Born to Lose.” But that was all about to change.

In three short weeks of daily exposure to the positive message of this transformational leadership development program, I came to internalize the realization that there is no such thing as “Born to Lose” and all of my previous problems merely stemmed from my many bad habits such as drinking, smoking, over-eating, and procrastinating.

One of the most important things I learned from the program was that all the famous people in history, whose stories were included in the program, failed many, many times and yet persevered to ultimate success in their chosen fields. Success without failure is impossible, so you might as well suck it up and get on with it.

I came to believe, without a doubt, that I was OK, after all, and could virtually achieve anything I set my mind to. This is what is known as a fundamental change in attitude. An attitude can shift in the blink of an eye, a series of aha moments, culminating in a new direction for a life, a nation, or a world…a light comes on!

Two years later, I was a candidate for the U.S. Senate. This siminal event, which occurred at the ripe old age of 29, signaled a rather abrupt change of my attitude. Although I did not win the race, losing rather badly,  just being on the ballot and doing the television interviews, meeting one of the loves of my life… was a success to me, and, after all, I am the only judge.

This was the beginning of my “Bucket List” of more than 100 goals. As I learned in the program, anyone who is serious about success should be working on at least 100 goals or else they run the risk of seriously under-achieving over their lifetime. Learn to be a juggler. The world record for plate-spinning is 127. It is unbelievable the vast potential we all have which we can begin mining at will.

Over the last 40 years since getting my Attitude Makeover, I have done such things as:

appeared as an extra on the “Dukes of Hazzard” TV show;

produced and hosted several cable TV talk shows;

hitch-hiked across the U.S (several times).;

spent three weeks in Paris (with a beautiful blonde);

lived in a (very cold)log cabin;

was a freelance writer in  L.A.;

produced concerts for charity;

published a newspaper;

hopped a freight train from Calif. to Arizona;

jumped off a 40-foot cliff into a raging Colorado river;

interviewed Jimmy Carter(met the whole family);

became licensed in insurance, securities, real estate and mortgage brokerage (and closed deals);

learned to play the guitar(one song);

played a draw chess game with a chess master;

played 1,000 games of chess on-line in 15 months,

owned at one time or another: sports car, motorcycle, sailboat, sports fisherman, a house, and a motor home;

birdied two holes in a row in golf;

raised $25k for the movie “Sharkman”;

lost 30 pounds;

quit smoking cigarettes;

quit drinking alcohol;

ran-the-table at pool;

managed a bar and restaurant complex in Key West;

operated a Success Motivation Institute franchise.

development director for Success Motivation Institute, Inc

Part of my inspiration to follow my heart and live an adventurous life, was the story in the leadership development program about a 15-year-old boy named John Goddard.   Goddard in 1939 wrote down 127 things to do in his life. By the time he was in his 40s he had already accomplished about 100 of them. His goals were quite varied. Among them: type 50 words per minute, become an Eagle Scout, visit every country in the world, milk a rattlesnake (yes, he got bitten), climb Mt. Everest, and read the entire encyclopedia. And, according to a recent article in Men’s Journal, he led the first expedition down the entire 4,160-mile length of the Nile River.

Goddard says he made his list because he heard so many old people going on and on about all their regrets over unfulfilled dreams. He vowed to never have those regrets. Now in his 80s, Goddard has expanded his original list to 600 items, accomplishing 530, so far. He tells Men’s Journal that people often ask if he ever just relaxes and has fun, but he says he’s thankful for having a blueprint. “They don’t realize that nothing is more fun than having these adventures,” he says

. In my case, if it were not for the Bucket List and the training from the leadership program, I’m quite sure I would not be alive today. The excessive drinking, smoking and eating would probably have done me in. Fortunately, the program helped me internalize strategies for effectively modifying habits by substituting good habits for bad and substituting a positive attitude for a negative, defeatist one.

You can overcome the three big demotivators of life: Fear, doubt and worry. If you “know beyond a shadow of a doubt” that you will eventually succeed, it does not make much sense to quit, does it?

Now is the time to develop the next generation of leaders, starting with yourself and your family or team!

What are your goals?:Let me share some of mine:

-take a trip to Belize

-buy a sailboat

-start a Business Incubator/Accelerator;

-explode my productivity,

-lose weight,

-start a fitness program,

-add that  “Bucket List” item you have been procrastinating,

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