1) Understand that no experience comes labeled. You are the labeler.
--- Copyright © 2001 Steve Maraboli
The power to choose is yours! As William Shakespeare said, "Nothing is good or bad but thinking makes it
so". You and only you are the labeler of your experiences. Do you complain that roses have thorns or do you
rejoice that thorns have roses? You have the ability to choose your reactions. All too often, these decisions
to label are not done consciously and your internal dialog will slap on a negative label. You must be aware
of this and change it immediately. Realizing your ability to label is an awesome power and a great step
towards success. Upon taking control, you can select empowering labels in place of the negative ones. You
are in control of the experience.
2) Avoid blaming yourself for making mistakes.
The road to success is always under construction. Every morning we awake to a day we have never seen or
experienced. Mistakes will be made and obstacles will appear. You have no control over these events but you
do control your reaction to them. It is important that we forgive ourselves for making mistakes. We need to learn
from our errors and move on. It is when we hurt that we learn. The power to choose how much we learn is ours.
Do you see a stumbling block or a stepping-stone? You decide.
3) Understand that like energies attract.
Like attracts like. Positive thoughts produce positive results. If you surround yourself in positive emotions,
energies, thoughts, and people then positive events will be the end result. Unfortunately, the same is true if
you surround yourself in negative energies. Do you know someone that is always negative and
melancholy? Notice that bad luck seems to continuously follow them. They may say that a rain cloud is right
above his or her head. Well, they’re right. And as soon as they realize that it is they who create that rain
cloud they can chose to make it disappear. What you plant, so shall you harvest. If you plant rose seeds you
get roses right? Plant seeds of happiness, hope, success, and love; it will all come back to you in
abundance. This is the law of nature.
4) Determine what you want and act on it.
Imagine an archer that did not have a target to shoot his arrow at. He would fire his arrows aimlessly and would
not be successful. Have a goal, write it down, and act upon that goal. Now that there is a clear target you can
have a plan of action. A visible target it easier to hit. Nobody ever sat his or her way to success. It takes hard
work, motivation, a positive attitude and a strong belief that you can do it. That combination produces what we
call luck. Do not sit back and wait for life to happen to you. Have a plan and take the needed steps to create
what you want.
5) Choose to feel happy.
It has been said "Act as if and you will become." Try it. It really works. Put your chin up, smile, and think
positive thoughts. Remember the happy times and notice all you have to be grateful for and you will feel
lighter, happier and more empowered. If you frown, groan, grumble, and focus on everything wrong in the
world you will feel down, lethargic and negative. Why bother with that? Identify the things and people that
make you feel unhappy and eliminate them from your life. Nothing good can come from them. Choose to be
happy and positive. Take steps to insure a more joyful and positive life. Do happy things; see positive
movies, read good books, be around positive people, and practice affirmations. Identify the things and
people that bring you happy feelings and surround yourself with them. Cultivate your relationship with
yourself and you will be successful. Taking control of your life takes time and requires decisions. The
rewards make the efforts worth it.