To one person the world is desolate, dull, and empty; to another the same world looks rich, interesting, and full of meaning. “Eyes that look are common. Eyes that see are rare,” says J. Oswald Sanders. How we position ourselves to receive makes all the difference. You can never see the sunrise by looking to the west. The choice is up to you.
If you look at life the wrong way there is always cause for alarm. It’s the same way a twenty-dollar bill can look so big when it goes to church and so small when it goes for groceries. What you see depends mainly on what you look for. Some people complain because roses have thorns. Instead, be thankful that thorns have roses.
Position yourself to receive, not resist. How you see things on the outside of you depends on how things are on the inside of you.
Norman Vincent Peale once said, “Any fact facing us is not as important as our attitude toward it, for that determines our success or failure.”
Don’t pray for rain if you’re going to complain about the mud.
“You and I do not see things as they are. We see things as we are” (Herb Cohen). Develop the hunter’s approach, the outlook that wherever you go, there are ideas waiting to be discovered. When you are positioned right, opportunity present itself. Opportunities can drop in your lap if you have your lap where opportunities drop.
“One of the greatest and most comforting truths is that when one door opens, another closes, but often we look so long and regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one that is open for us.” – Anonymous
See success where others see only failure. Expect something good to happen – that expectation will energize your dreams and give them momentum. You’ll gain the advantage by doing things before they need to be done – positioning yourself ahead of time. You’ll enjoy ongoing success when you travel in advance of the crowd.
I believe one of the major benefits of reading great books is that they can teach us how to respond beforehand to many of life’s challenges and opportunities. Great information can lead you to “dig a well before you are thirsty and plant a seed before you are hungry.”
The trouble with the future for most people is that it arrives before they are ready for it. Positioning yourself to receive causes you to be ready. Are you ready?
You’ll find that life responds to your outlook. We go where our vision is. Life is mostly a matter of expectation.