#177: Power Play – Have a good attitude

Heart and Ice Power Play - Have a good attitude

Be of good cheer. Do not think of today’s failures, but of the success that may come tomorrow. You have set yourselves a difficult task, but you will succeed if you persevere; and you will find a joy in overcoming obstacles. Remember, no effort that we make to attain something beautiful is ever lost. ― Helen Keller

 

Sometimes the greatest obstacle isn’t the actual challenge, but your attitude regarding what you think you can accomplish (or can’t accomplish.)  An obstacle or negative event can mean different things to different people based on their perspective.  Only you can decide how you feel – you can’t choose what happens to you, but you can choose your reaction.  That is one thing in life that you do have control over.  When you stop complaining and start working on improving the situation or realize that it is not as big of a deal as you may be making it out to be, your attitude starts to change and things really will feel better.  St. Louis Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said that with experience, “you learn not to carry things with you, whether it’s anger, disappointment or frustration.  If I can’t move on, I stay home.  There’s no point in coming to the rink if I don’t have a hopeful attitude.”

Negative thinking leads to negative effects, which is why it is so important to try to maintain a positive attitude.  To get out of that cycle, try to figure out where those negative feelings are really coming from so that you can work at the real problem and find a solution

Game Plan:  If something negative happens in your life, no matter how bad it seems, try to find something positive about it, and then look for something you could do to improve the situation.  The sooner you can get out of that negative rut and see the possibility, the sooner you can break free of what is holding you back.

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