In his publication, "Better Families," Dr. J. Allan Petersen tells of an experiment conducted by a psychologist friend, Dr. Lacy Hall.  Dr. Hall worked with a large number of people to determine the percentage of input into a human brain in the course of a day which was positive and what percentage was negative.  Each person was asked to keep a detailed diary of their daily life for eighteen months, from awakening in the morning until going to sleep at night.  They recorded all the input and indicated whether it was negative or positive.  This included conversations with family and friends, encounters at work, newspapers and books they read, as well as every radio or tv program they heard.  It included every participation in any entertainment, every visit to church - literally everything had to be documented.   (Tweet this article.)

Eighteen months later the data was collected, calculated and computerized.  Most of the people experienced 90% negative input; only 10% of the thoughts that were fed to them or the concepts that came into their lives were positive.

With this information it undoubtedly does not surprise you to learn that the people who kept the diaries came up feeling discouraged and depressed all the time.  According to Dr. Petersen, these results are a screaming warning that you can't just drift and hope for the best; the best won't come.  You must take life into your own hands and not wait for somebody to come by and exert a positive influence.  What if they don't show up?

That's certainly sound advice from Dr. Petersen.  I encourage you to take it and make certain you seek positive input on a daily basis.  Read uplifting, positive-thinking books and publications.  Listen to inspiring cassette recordings, associate with upbeat people.  Otherwise, the negative input will drag you down.  Take the positive approach 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