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Create The Life You Want

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You may not be able to control your job, where you live or you present circumstances in life, but, there is one thing that you CAN control. You CAN control your thoughts and your attitude. In fact, your thoughts determine your attitude. Your attitude will determine your actions. Your actions will determine the results that you get in your life.

What if your thoughts are determining your life right now? What if, how you think is determining how you feel about life? What if the thoughts that you have most often are determining how happy you are?

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Viktor Frankl, the famous Austrian neurologist and psychiatrist, lived through the most horrific circumstances imaginable by any human being. He was a prisoner in a Nazi German concentration camp. At probably his lowest point of life, his captors, believing him to be dead, stacked his body on top of hundreds of dead bodies. Yet, through his own control over his thoughts and what he chose to focus upon, he survived the devastating ordeal. He later wrote a mega best selling book, 'Man's Search For Meaning.'

Regardless of outward conditions, you do have control over your inner world, your thoughts. Not only does that control give you power over your present circumstances to survive, but, most importantly, it gives you power for your future.

Most people who are in unpleasant circumstances, believe that they have no hope. They can give you hundreds of reasons for their present situation and they will also give you reasons why their present conditions will never change. They will talk about their poverty, their family, their location where they live and work, the economy and much more. Like an attorney who is gathering information to support a client that he/she is to represent, they will build a case (an argument) for why they are unhappy and how nothing can change how they feel.

However, this is not the truth. Like Frankl who was in the absolute worst situation a human can imagine being in, you CAN control your thoughts and your attitude. And, when you do take control of your thoughts and attitude, you WILL change your present conditions and you will determine where your life goes.

You may feel helpless right now. You may feel that you have no control. You may feel you can't change where you are in your life right now. But, you CAN control what you focus upon and what you think. How you think, what you focus upon, can be the golden key to you living the life that you've always imagined and wanted.

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Reply Report voice_cd 2013-7-29 10:45
This has been recommended to the front page. Thanks for writing.
Reply Report KristaChen 2013-7-29 11:42
I love this article. Please Keep writing!
Reply Report AQDD 2013-7-29 13:02
That's what I'm thinking these days.Thanks, I think I know what I should do next step.
Reply Report AQDD 2013-7-29 13:06
Ypur thoughts determine your attitude. Your attitude will determine your actions. Your actions will determine the results that you get in your life
Reply Report Lala-sunflower 2013-7-30 10:10
I love this article
Reply Report MichaelM 2013-7-30 11:15
Lala-sunflower: I love this article
Thank you Lala.

Reply Report ross-chang 2013-7-30 11:26
Sometimes when you try to control your thoughts and attitude, but you can't change the results, especially for the poor person. Even that I still like your wiriting. When you can control your thoughts, you have the chance to change your life stiation in the future. Although your future won't have changed, you still can live everyday happy not unhappy.
Reply Report MichaelM 2013-7-30 23:48
ross-chang: Sometimes when you try to control your thoughts and attitude, but you can't change the results, especially for the poor person. Even that I still like ...
Yes. Very true.
Reply Report marysunlight 2013-7-31 16:59
a good article ,it told us that your life is in your hand .what you are doing now will affect your life in future .i
Reply Report Emmaandpotter 2013-7-31 17:52
This article gives me hope to create my future life again for recently I have been under heavy pressure of earning my tuition fee.Thanks,Michael !
Reply Report Aimor_nos 2013-8-1 17:12
like the spirit!
Reply Report 卧龙乐毅 2013-8-5 09:49
life is not about what you will get,but how you live.

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Michael is the author of the transformational book, Powerful Attitudes. He is a professional educator, an educational consultant, an author. He lives in Zhengzhou, Henan Province. He enjoys playing guitar and writing poetry. He loves China.


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    Great story.

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    I think foreigners are advanced on writing (working)style that we could see if we compare the dictionary of English and Chinese with each other! Chinese scientists and teachers must tell stories in plain words to children and leave more free space for the latter to do logical thinking all by themselves. That is the direction of Chinese education-reform. We must first realize our disadvantages on schooling and then do some operations for changing and improvement!  Never copy foreign things on appearance!
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