There are six simple words in Napoleon Hill’s book, Think and Grow Rich, that have made all the difference to me: We become what we think about.
• THINK about what you THINK ABOUT. If you catch yourself thinking about unhappiness, ill health and adversity, “change the channel” and think about what you want to happen.
• When something happens by chance, follow up. Lucky people tend to notice and act on good things that occur by happenstance.
• Believe that good things will happen. Expectations have a way of coming true.
• When bad things happen, look for the bright side. Ask, “what did I learn from that?” or, “how do I keep it from happening again?” Don't dwell on it, move on!
• If the horse dies, dismount. Don't continue to pour money and effort into a lost cause.
• Don’t look for love in the wrong places. Not just romantic love but the love of “stuff.” Stuff is O.K., but understand the delusion of “I'll be happy when I have this or that,” or “when I live over there,” or “when this happens.” Happiness is a state of mind in which our thinking is pleasant most of the time.
• Failure is a choice made by the undisciplined. Failing to meet your objectives, regardless of what they are, is a choice, because something else has been given higher priority. If you fail, it is because you choose to fail.
• You don't “catch” depression and you don't “catch” happiness… you “create” them by the thoughts you put into your mind. Carefully choose what you read, listen to and the people with whom you associate.
Ed Foreman is a Dallas-based motivational speaker and served a term for the U.S. House of Representatives from Texas' 16th congressional district.