If you are going to achieve excellence in big things, you develop the habit in little matters. Excellence is not an exception, it is a prevailing attitude.
~ Colin Powell
A king and his assistant were best friends. The king loved his friend very much, but was bothered by something his friend frequently said. Every time something seemed to go wrong – his friend would put his arm around the king and yell, “THIS IS GOOD”. Over time, the king just accepted his friend’s habit.
One day, the assistant loaded the king’s rifle during a hunting trip. When the king fired the weapon, it backfired causing the king to lose his thumb. His friend looked at the king and yelled, “THIS IS GOOD” – and the king became so angry he ordered his friend to prison.
A year later, the king is on another hunt when his group was ambushed by a group of cannibals. As the cannibals prepared for their feast – they noticed the king was missing a thumb. Being very superstitious, they released the king because it was bad luck to eat someone who was missing a body part.
The king returned home and immediately summoned his friend from prison. When his friend entered the room – he told him the story, fell to his knees, and asked him for forgiveness. His friend looked at the king and yelled, “THIS IS GOOD”. The king recanted – “I put you in prison, kept you away from your family – how can you say this is good?”
His friend said, “This is good because if I was there with you – they would have eaten me!”
So many times in life things don’t go the way we wished they would. Life happens and your attitude about what is happening in life can determine whether you stay in a valley or begin climbing to the next peak. I find that when you face a tough time, when you begin feeling that something or someone has wronged you – do what the King’s friend does. Instead of getting down, yell as loud as you can, “THIS IS GOOD” – believe that it is and look for the good in all adversity.
Colin Powell’s quote above sums it up perfectly. Excellence is not an exception – it is a prevailing attitude. Start to peak again by simply yelling – THIS IS GOOD! Move forward accepting all that is good. By shifting your attention away from what is bad – to what is good – you begin a form of best thinking and start developing a prevailing positive attitude.
THIS IS GOOD!