I just finished the book, The Strangest Secret, by Earl Nightengale, after a recommendation from Bob Proctor’s book, Change Your Paradigm, Change Your Life. In Nightengale’s book, he only mentions this magic word once, but I was intrigued. So I was eventually lead down an internet vortex of just who this man was and what was this magic word he spoke of?
Fully invested in this vortex now, I came across a recording from a long time ago, called the Magic Word, and boom! I had found my answer. This recording, about 25 minutes long, spoke about what Nightengale considered the most magical thing we as humans can do. A civilization so advanced yet at times, so lost. Nightengale’s magical word…. attitude.
Attitude. The one thing we as humans can control. In a world where we let so many things out of our control control our lives, we forget about the one thing we can control. Attitude. So how can we control our attitude? We start by treating everyone as if they are the most important person in the world. What does this do? Well, two things. It acknowledges what we already know, that most people already believe they are the most important people in the world. And secondly, it helps us let go of grievances.
I don’t know about you, but I’ve definitely found myself holding on to grievances for far too long. For far too long I have let the action of others control my mood. And for far too long I have been controlled by the attitude of others. But here’s the kicker. The attitude of others is a direct reflection of your own attitude. If you have a piss poor attitude, well chances are those around you will probably feed off that and do the same. If you’re flying around happy go lucky, well then chances are you’re probably going to attract those who feel the same. The law of attraction, baby.
So here I was, reading about this magic word, and it finally all clicked. If I could change my attitude, then I could change the attitudes around me as well. Because the external environment around me is a direct reflection of what’s going on in my internal environment. Perhaps you’re wondering how to get started? And let me warn you, it’s not easy. It takes time, effort, and consistent practice, but what in life worth doing doesn’t? So here it is, a simple checklist to help you get started.
- Treat everyone you encounter as they are the most important people in the world.
- Let go of your grievances.
- Practice, and practice, and practice.
Are you ready to change your life? Ready, set, GO!
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