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Seven Simple Things That Will Change The World

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One thing that I absolutely love about most Chinese people I've met is that they work at keeping peace. As in most cases, this comes from the top down. President Xi Jinping is a man who loves and works for peace. I watch him closely and believe that his character and demeanor is what we need in every world leader.

But, you may not be a leader. You may not be powerful. So, what can you and I do to bring about positive change in the world?

Here are seven things that I believe that we can adapt to our lives to change the world we live in. Remember, the world is made up of people like me and you. As in the famous song, 'we are the world.' We are the ones who can make a difference.

1. Tell the truth. If we would tell each other the truth, we'd restore the essential foundation of change in the world. It would bring about trust. The ancient writings say, "Speak the truth in love." This should be our ever present thought. If we tell the truth to each other, trust will be built. Trust is necessary for us to build a better world.

2. Believe in 'win-win'. The problem with cheating others is, someone has to lose. We need to compromise 'getting it all' for making sure others win in our dealings with them. I used to go to a wonderful restaurant near my home. It was my favorite. The decor was awesome. The food was outstanding. The prices were cheap. Too cheap. I met the owner and told him that I loved his place. I also told him that his prices were too cheap. He was surprised that I'd tell him this. I've seen too many restaurants go in business only to disappear in six months since I came to China. I knew he wouldn't last. He wasn't winning. The customers seemed to be winning, however, in the end, everyone lost. He went out of business just as I thought. Everyone needs to win in life. Not just you. If you are the only one who wins, you'll be quite lonely.

3. Treat others as you want others to treat you. In every philosophy and religion there is this saying. Do to others what you want others to do to you. No one wants to be cheated or treated badly. Thus, we should never treat others badly or try to cheat them.

4. See the good in everyone. I know there are some bad people in the world. I've met some of them. They only care about themselves. They are greedy and mean. But, most of the people that you'll meet aren't that way. They are kind and want the best for their families and others. Find out what is good about them. Then, in some way, let them know that you see their good characteristics.

5. Have a positive mindset. I've heard many people accuse me of being too positive about life. A great philosopher, Will Durant said, "History has proven that the optimist is in fact the realist." People who are positive in their mindset are the ones who are leaders and who affect the world. Not all leaders are this way, but, many are. A positive mindset can change your life. It can change your income. It can change the lives of your children. It can change the world.

6. Speak positive things. Whether you realize it or not, you are constantly talking to yourself. You are thinking thoughts using language and feelings in your heart and mind. Another thing you might not realize is, you are setting the outcome of your life through your thoughts. Words become thoughts. Thoughts become beliefs. Beliefs turn into actions. Make sure you speak and think positive thoughts.

7. Choose to be happy. If you violate any of the 6 points I've made here, you won't be happy. People who cheat others aren't happy people. People with negative mindsets aren't happy people. People who always see bad things in others, aren't happy people. People who treat others like they'd never want to be treated themselves, aren't happy people. People who don't tell the truth when it is important to tell the truth, aren't happy people.

I believe that these 7 simple things can change the world.

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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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