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3 Ways to Make a New Start

Children love to play, and they are always thinking of new ways to entertain themselves. It is said that Teddy Roosevelt’s children once took a pony into a second-floor bedroom at the Whitehouse, after riding it up on the president’s elevator. How cool is that?

Each moment is a chance to imagine and create. So you must first have a vision. We dream before we accomplish, and somewhere along the way Roosevelt’s children envisioned the pony in the bedroom before they actually got it there, so start with a vision.

2. Never say, “Failure is not an option.”

Failure is inevitable. You will fail along the way. It’s all about how you respond to a setback. John Maxwell writes, in his book, Failing Forward, “There is no achievement without failure.”

Think of Abraham Lincoln. He was faced with defeat throughout his life. He lost eight elections, twice failed in business and suffered a nervous breakdown. So never give-up. There’s an old saying in Texas: “It doesn’t matter how much milk you spill as long as you don’t lose your cow.”

Adversity provides greater opportunities. It’s all about how you learn from your mistakes.

3. Attitude is everything.

According to Entrepreneur magazine 70% of workers in America are disengaged. They’re working dead. They are nothing more than zombies. If you take a new job with the same old attitude, then you will, at some point, disengage again. Your attitude toward work matters. So start your new life by making new commitments to yourself. Commit to seeing the positive more than the negative.

Chuck Swindoll says, “I’m convinced that life is 10% what happens to me, and 90% how I react to it.” Attitude is everything, because it could be worse, you know.

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