I sincerely believe that it is far more beneficial and far less costly to help a child build confidence than it is to fix an adult who has little or none.

Life is too short….

on January 3, 2013

Life is too short to spend your precious time trying to convince a person who wants to live in gloom and doom otherwise.  Give lifting that person your best shot, but don’t hang around long enough for his or her bad attitude to pull you down.  Instead, surround yourself with optimistic people.   ~Zig Ziglar

Zig Ziglar was an amazing motivational speaker and author who wrote several books.  He was born in November 1926 and died at the age of 86 in the same month of his birth, November 2012.   As a speaker, he inspired many people with his famous quotes.

His quote about life being too short is one that inspires me and makes me think about my own attitude.  I’ve been the person with that bad attitude that pulls people down and I’ve also been the person who has tried to help people who have that bad attitude.   So I understand how difficult both sides can be.

In the past few years, I’ve taken an honest look inside myself to find out what makes me tick and I’ve found some things that I didn’t want to face.   We all want to blame other people for our unhappiness and feel sorry for ourselves.  We want other people to change and we don’t see that we need to change something in ourselves.  I know now that we can’t change anyone else except ourselves and this is the only way that we can find happiness.   We can’t rely on others to make our happiness; they might be able to provide us with temporary happiness, but it will never last.  We need to find happiness within ourselves.

Zig Ziglar is right.  Life is way too short to spent time trying to change someone else and there are so many people who don’t want to change, they would prefer to stay miserable.  All we can do is try to be a positive influence and if this doesn’t work, then we have to accept that and move on.  If someone has a negative attitude, it will just bring us down and make us miserable too.   We need to surround ourselves with positive people, places and things.  This will help us build confidence and increase our self-esteem.

Always try to be positive and have a good attitude.  It will affect those around you, even the negative people.   Don’t give up on family and friends who have a bad attitude, just distance yourself from them and keep on trying to be a good example to them.    It may take time, but keep smiling and be happy when you are around them.  Happiness can be contagious.

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