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Editorial: Reinventing Your Problem

Reinventing Your Problem: Change Your Attitude, Change Your Results

Jim MathisBy: Jim Mathis, Reinvention Nation™

“Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.”
– Charles R. Swindoll

As a new year begins, we often reflect on the choices we’ve made and vow not to repeat the bad ones. We spend years filled with regret about the bad decisions we have made. I’ve made some very bad decisions in my life. I tell myself that if I had some of those moments to live over again, believe me, I wouldn’t repeat them!

But those choices made me what I am today…

I am something of a control freak about certain situations. But I have learned that I cannot control everything. I can’t control my circumstances, but I can control my reactions to them. Brian Tracy says, “You cannot control what happens to you, but you can control your attitude toward what happens to you, and in that, you will be mastering change rather than allowing it to master you.”

We want to master change rather than have it master us. The best way to do this is to control our attitudes when we are involved in situations we have no control over.

I might have made some bad decisions, but even those choices brought me to the place I am today. For instance, transferring from one college to another in 1976 caused me to have different mentors and friends. Shortly thereafter I thought I had made a dumb choice. But the people I met in the new college influenced me to go in a different direction. I wondered if I had made a good or bad decision by not sticking to the plans I had prior to then.

I met some great people in the graduate school I selected, one of whom is still my best friend today. He helped me edit my first bestselling book, Reinvention Made Easy. Without him, the book wouldn’t have been a bestseller. So did I make a mistake by transferring schools over 40 years ago? Was it a dumb choice? Definitely not!

Every choice you have made has led you to where you are right now.

Let this thought sink in: Where you are right now is a direct result of… [PDF]

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