Stinkin’ Thinkin’

The world lost another great philosopher yesterday. Zig Ziggler passed on at the age of 86. He was loved and respected by many, not only for his positive approach to life, but also his commitment to the Christian faith. He influenced many from several generations and his wisdom will continue for generations to come I’m sure.
One of my favorite books of his is actually one featured in the “For Dummies” series; called Success For Dummies. In honor of Zig, I  pulled a few tid-bits from that work, continuing in the same theme from my last entry, Moving Past The Fear.
Zig coins the phrase, “Stinkin’ Thinkin’,” and suggests that when you develop a case of it, consider these ideas about dealing with that negativity in your thought process:
1. “There are no hopeless situations, only people who lose hope in their situations.”
2. “You can find at least two ways to look at virtually everything. A pessimist looks for difficulty in the opportunity, whereas an optimist looks for opportunity in the difficulty.”
3. “Many people look only at the problem and not at the opportunity that lies within the problem.”
4. “A small coin can hide even the sun if you hold the coin close enough to your eye. So when you get too close to your problems to think objectively about them, try to keep in mind how your vision can be obstructed, take a step back, and look at the situation from a new angle. Look up instead of down.”
5. “You can’t do anything to change the fact that a problem exists, but you can do a great deal to find the opportunity within the problem.”
6. “A positive attitude doesn’t guarantee success, but a cynical attitude guarantees failure.”
Thanks for all your great wisdom, Zig!
Enjoy your days with Jesus!

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