“Human beings, by changing the inner attitudes of their minds, can change the outer aspects of their lives.”
- William James
Hello again everyone!
I want to talk for a minute about catalysts. Now, I’m not talking about the type of catalysts we learned about (and probably forgot about) in high school chemistry. Sure the official, scientific definition of a catalyst is something that causes or accelerates a chemical reaction, but did you know that a catalyst is also officially defined as a person whose talk, enthusiasm or energy causes others to be more friendly, enthusiastic or energetic. Don’t believe me? Go look it up at dictionary.com. I absolutely love this definition – it further supports what we talk about every day at ACN: That our attitudes can and do change our lives and the lives of those around us.
I recently read a story about a man named Jerry. Jerry was a restaurant manager and all of his employees loved him. When asked why he had such loyal employees, Jerry replied, “Each morning I wake up and I say to myself, ‘Jerry you have two choices today. You can choose to be in a good mood, or you can choose to be in a bad mood. I choose to be in a good mood.’” One late night after his restaurant closed, Jerry was held up at gunpoint and was shot during the robbery. As he lay on the floor dying, two choices went through his head. He could choose to live or he could choose to die. Jerry chose to live. After being wheeled in for emergency surgery, Jerry saw the fear on the doctors’ faces. In their eyes he could see they were thinking, “He’s a dead man.” The nurse asked if Jerry was allergic to anything, and this was his response: “Yes, I am allergic to bullets! I am choosing to live. Operate on me as if I am alive, not dead!” Jerry lived.
And Jerry is right. After all, life is really all about choices. When you remove all the junk, every situation we are faced with is a choice. We can choose to have a good attitude, one in which others want to be around and emulate or we can choose to have a negative attitude. Regardless of what you choose, I can assure you both will have a direct impact on your business.
Now I certainly understand that we all have pressures in our lives; we are all dealing with our own struggles on some level, and you may be struggling to be the catalyst your business needs. But remember, the one thing in this world that we can control is our own attitude, how we respond and react to situations. Of course, we are only human and no one is immune completely to negativity. It’s not being immune that makes us strong; it’s how we deal with that negativity that shows our true strength.
When I am feeling negative, I try to remind myself that my attitude truly is my choice and that my choice to be negative can and does affect the people around me. So I try to be bigger than the one moment in time that is causing me to be negative. For me, I find that taking some time to myself to read a devotional or just have a quiet moment alone helps alleviate negativity. And a quick workout also does wonders for forcing negative energy out of my body. But most importantly, I try to focus on the positive and remember that even the smallest blessing in my life far outweighs the biggest challenge.
We are all in this incredible ACN journey together, so I invite you to comment below and share what inspires and keeps you positive during the challenging times. And remember, if you change your attitude and your thinking, you can change your life – and the lives of those around you!
Until next time,
ACN President and Co-Founder