Thinking Your Way to Better Health and Wealth
Positive thinking can put you on the road to better physical and mental health. Research from the Mayo Clinic in America has shown that optimistic people experience less heart disease and longer lives than people who are more pessimistic. Their general physical wellbeing was better as they grew older too.
Yale and Colorado University researchers discovered that habitually gloomier people had less robust immune systems and were more likely to pick up infections and succumb to tumours.
Positivity is such a force for good in our lives that its benefits may explain why it’s common for the world’s richest people to be endlessly optimistic. It’s no magic wand, but you will feel the benefits if you make a habit of challenging your negative thoughts and replacing them with more positive ones.
“Dare to think beyond what's already been done,” were the words of Andrew Carnegie, one of the world’s richest ever men. He challenged his employees to imagine new possibilities, thinking beyond the accepted norms to push his business forward.
"Move fast and start smashing things," said Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. As the leader of a disruptive business, he was motivated to beat the competitors racing to catch his new enterprise, because he knew his advantage might not last. Even if your business is not so disruptive, it’s a useful attitude to have.
"Think like kings and think like queens," is Oprah Winfrey’s sage suggestion. She thinks that royals consider their success to be inevitable and failure unthinkable. With that kind of belief system, any obstacles that come your way will only make you stumble, but not fall.
Failure is a Teacher
"Failure is just a warrior's rest, to start over smarter," said Henry Ford. Wealthy people see failure as another small beginning rather than an end of something. They understand that failing brings a little discomfort but a lot of learning. "I did not fail," said Thomas Edison, creator of the electric lightbulb. "But I discovered 10,000 ways that won’t work."
Opportunity knocks, Eventually…
Billionaire Sheldon Adelson knows that patience is the key to securing the right deal. He buys businesses, and even if you don’t, he’s got a good point. “For me, businesses are like buses. You stand on a corner and you don’t like where the first bus is going? Wait ten minutes and take another. Don’t like that one? They’ll just keep coming. There’s no end to buses or businesses.”
Opportunity will show up if you continue to wait for it long enough. As Winston Churchill put it, "Success is not the end and failure does not kill you; it is the courage to continue that counts.”
Don’t Sweat Mistakes
"Sometimes when you innovate, you make mistakes. It is best to admit them quickly, and get on with improving your other innovations." - Steve Jobs, Apple.
He also said, “You can't connect the dots looking forward you can only connect them looking backwards. So, you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future.” You have to believe that it will all come together perfectly under the gaze of hindsight.
Sam Walton, Wal-Mart's founder said, "High expectations are the key to everything." Nobody ever got to the top aiming for mediocrity. The richest people in the world are optimistic, imaginative, and persistent. Their habits all serve a purpose and they are certain that they will succeed. If you only manage just half of the habits that they practice you will still notice the benefits in your life