by Paul Casey

The Choice is Yours–guest blog by Rick Martinez

Rick_Web_Pic-reducedRick Martinez of Peak Performance Systems is a good friend and great trainer and organizational-developer. Read his inspiration on your attitude choice every day!


A positive attitude is a choice. You can choose to be happy or you can choose not to. Henry Ford was fond of saying, “Whether you think you can or think you can’t, either way you are right.”  Success in life is not what happens to you but rather your reaction to what happens to you.

Positive, happy people don’t let life’s bumps get them down.  Yes it is true that bad things happen, however happy people know that pain is inevitable but suffering is optional. Positive, happy people bounce back.  As Robert Schuller says, “Positive people turn their scars into stars.”

In the last 30 years many studies have shown that happy people are more successful than their negative counterparts.  Researchers have hard proof that our brains are hardwired to perform better when we are positive.  Shawn Achor, the Harvard researcher, has found that happy workers have higher levels of productivity, enjoy better relationships, produce higher sales, perform better in leadership positions, and receive higher performance ratings and higher pay.

The greatest discovery of the human condition is that you can alter your life by altering your attitude.  Whether you suffer or thrive, attitude determines the difference. If you have the will to remain positive, you have achieved half your success; if you don’t, you have achieved half your failure. The choice is yours!


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