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The Secrets to Success

by: Jason Gracia

Three runners took their places. They all entered this race with the same goal; to cross the finish line first, to win the race. Their goals may have been the same, but their attitudes were very different.

As they waited, you could see their breath in the cold air. They had all trained the same, and their strengths were nearly equal. The race was a toss up.

3...2...1...bang!

The runners shot off like loaded springs. They were within inches of each other into the first turn. The crowd was going crazy, screaming and cheering their favorite to victory.

ACCEPT UNFORTUNATE CIRCUMSTANCES
Around the second turn, two of the runners accidently bumped into one another. This slowed both of them slightly, but nothing that had to hinder their success.

Two people were slowed, but only one continued. The other stopped and yelled to the judges and timers. 'How is that fair? He bumped me! This isn't fair! I want a new start!' the upset runner complained to anyone who would listen.

CHOOSE TO RESPOND, NOT REACT
As he continued blaming the world for his problems, the race carried on. The other runner who was also slowed by the incident was closing in on first place. The crowd rose to their feet in anticipation of the finish.

They were neck and neck down the stretch. No one could tell who would win. The other athletes at the event took notice. All eyes were on the two runners. They came around the final turn holding nothing back.

FOSTER A WINNING ATTITUDE
Hooray!!! The crowd roared as a runner crossed the finish line. Who won? That's not important. Everyone who attended saw the winner.

The only person who didn't know who won the race was the runner who gave up when life handed him a situation he didn't think was fair.

ACCEPT THE SITUATION AND MOVE FORWARD
Instead of accepting the circumstances and pushing ahead, a possible victory was thrown away. The runner thought that complaining about his circumstances would bring about a better result than giving his best effort.

When life hands you a situation that you aren't extremely fond of, you have two choices: move ahead, or stop and blame the world. We can't control what happens to us, but we can control our attitude. In the end, the control of our attitude towards life is more powerful than any one single event that occurs in our lives. Make the right choice.

P.S. The bumped runner won the race!

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About The Author

by Jason Gracia - Motivation123
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