Positive attitude matters


As you are working towards your dream, you will encounter defeat and failure. You have to realise that even your friends may not agree with your dream and the way you are working hard towards achieving it.

But in such uncertainty, come to realise that positive attitude is all that matters. If people say that you will fail in your dream, do not listen to them; get inspiration from those that made it the hard way. Achieving a dream demands having an unwavering sense of madness; a sense of craziness, a sense of positive attitude that dispels the paralysing ideas of others.

Peter van Kets who won the 2007 Atlantic rowing race said: “Our survival demanded that we put aside uncertainty and negativity. The reality was clear, dwelling on it was pointless. Through the waves of exhaustion, I reminded myself that there is no story without a struggle….everyone can act with resolve and courage when all is going according to plan. We only truly prove ourselves when everything appears to be falling apart.”


You may be working hard on your dream and despair for facing imminent failure, facing castigation from your friends and relatives and critics. It is appropriate to remember, as Winston Churchill said: “If you are going through hell, keep going.”

There will be critics of your dreams but they become critics because you are achieving something, because you are achieving the extraordinary, because you are denying fitting in and you are pushing beyond the boundaries. Wear your positive mentality clock.

When things are hard, when things are tough, when critics are too much on you, take time to read and re-read what Theodore Roosevelt said.


He stressed: “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who actually is in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short and short again, because there is no effort without error and shortcomings; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither knows victory nor defeat.”

If Scader Louis had listened to the critics, she could not have risen from the ashes of spinal cord injuries to become a top qualified accountant. If Thom Mpinganjira had allowed the bottlenecks he faced along the way to stand in the path of his dreams, there could have been no FDH bank today. If William Kamkwamba had listened to those who labelled him mad and stupid for trying to construct a windmill, he could have been nothing and his name would not have entered the book of wonderful engineers the world has ever seen.

Positive mentality is the vehicle that takes you forward. Positive mentality brings courage, energises enthusiasm, catalyses the power to win and becomes a walking stick when the going gets tough.

Mahatma Gandhi said: “Keep your thoughts positive because your thoughts become your words. Keep your words positive because your words become your behaviour. Keep your behaviour positive because your behaviour becomes your habits. Keep your habits positive because your habits become your values. Keep your values positive because your values become your destiny.”

When you fail, try again and again and again, nothing is impossible. Keep on trying until you give the world the best you have as it is only when you give the best that the best comes back to you.

Stay focused, battles are lost in the mind.

Kets once again said: “The key to success is what happens inside my head. Your body is an incredible thing. It can get used to almost anything and it can go on forever. It is your mind that stops you that gives up long before your body does.”

Never give up, never give in; wear the cloak of positive thinking then your dream will be within reach.

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