The “Tudes” of Life

The first "tude" I want to talk about is "gratitude,"  because the more you express gratitude for what you have, the more you will have to express gratitude for.  It's equally true that you will never find a happy person who is not a grateful person, so gratitude is a marvelous place to start.

The second "tude" is "attitude."  Psychologists have maintained for generations that attitudes are more important than facts.  An attitude with the facts, however, is going to be tremendously rewarding and productive.  It's also a fact that attitude is the determining factor in the major accomplishments in life and, fortunately, attitude is something you can control.

The next "tude" is "magnitude."  We need to magnify the important things and reduce the magnitude of things that appear to be insurmountable problems.  "Don't make mountains out of mole hills" is a wise observation all of us would do well to observe.

The next "tude" is "latitude," which is another way of expressing the fact that we have the freedom to do virtually anything within the bounds of human decency and law in this land of ours.  We have the latitude to be all that we can be, and accomplish some incredible objectives.  Regardless of our ancestors, the circumstances of our youth, etc., we have the latitude to move from where  we are to where we want to be.

The next "tude" is "multitude."  We face a multitude of challenges and opportunities every day.  It's a fact that you can hold a dime close enough to your eye to blot out the sun.  If we concentrate on the multitude of challenges we face, we will blot out the opportunities of life.  It is equally true that if we concentrate on the opportunities of life we will blot out the challenges to the degree that we can overcome those challenges.

With a good set of "tudes" you can accomplish some incredible objectives in life, so concentrate on the "tudes," and I'll SEE YOU AT THE TOP!

Zig Ziglar is known as America’s Motivator.  He authored 33 books and produced numerous training programs.  He will be remembered as a man who lived out his faith daily.