I agree with the author’s premise. There are many situations we cannot change in our life. However, our attitude has a huge impact on our emotions and how we deal with those uncontrollable events.
The book contains numerous examples of people who are satisfied with their life situations, even though they are suffering from grief, life threatening illnesses, and other tragic events. Their stories demonstrated practical applications for each of the lessons taught in this book.
We may not be able to change our circumstances, but we can change our life by living out the following attitudes: gratitude, confidence, perseverance, open-mindedness, faith, commitment, hope, compassion, determination, humility, joy, trust, and ownership.
Be the best you, you can be.
I give this book mixed reviews. At times, I was rolling my eyes and thinking this man is crazy. However, I also nodded my head and thought I could benefit from what he is saying.
Here are a few ideas from the book that I liked:
- To achieve your goals, to be great at something, takes ambition and sacrifice.
- Don’t blame others. Take responsibility for yourself.
- Whatever you’re doing, do your best.
- Don’t promise what you can’t deliver.
- Failure is a precursor of success.
- Don’t be afraid of silly ideas.
- Seek your inspiration from unexpected sources.
- Don’t follow fashion, be original.
In Matthew 20:26-28, Jesus was telling his disciples how to be great in His kingdom. Jesus defines greatness and leadership in a way that is contrary to what we normally see in the world.
According to Jesus, having power or privilege is not what makes you great. Being able to force others to obey you and serve you, does not make you great.
What makes a person great in the Kingdom of God? Jesus tells us that to be great, to be a leader in His Kingdom, we must be willing to serve. We must also have an attitude of humility.
It’s our willingness to humble ourselves and serve others that will make us great people and great leaders in this world and in the Kingdom of God.
Natalie Haynes is the author of, “The Ancient Guide to Modern Life.” In the book, she talks about ancient philosophy, modern philosophy, their similarities, and how we can apply those ideas to our own lives.
In the section covering politics, Natalie Haynes said:
“Why stand outside something with a placard when you could be changing it from within? The Athenians should inspire us to become school governors, patient representatives, local councillors, and members of Parliament. They should persuade us to stop shrugging and sighing when we could instead be improving our lot.”
I am guilty of complaining about social problems and then doing nothing to improve the situation. How can I expect others to fix something, when I am not willing to do any of the work?
I know I can do better. I know I can help change things. It is time to stop sitting around and complaining about everything. It is time to get up and get to work.
I completed my first 5k (3.6 miles) charity run today. My left leg started burning, due to shine splints after the first mile. I ended up limping a good bit during the course and I felt nauseous after the second mile. However, I refused to give up and I just kept moving forward. I was determined to finish the race.
I came in last place, but I am still proud of myself.
I am ready for a nap now. 🙂
Who controls you? Do you have an internal or an external locus of control?
Those who believe outside forces completely determine what will happen to them, have an external locus of control. They view obstacles as insurmountable and believe they are unable to change their life circumstances.
Those who believe they can impact their life through their own actions, have an internal locus of control. They are not immune to unfortunate events, trauma, or other obstacles. However, they focus on finding solutions to their problems.
It is important to notice, bad things happen to people in both groups. The difference is in how they view negative events and in how they deal with the problems created by those events.