Student: How can I overcome? How can I rid myself of my timidity toward life? How can I stop myself from feeling inferior in the face of a big problem?
Teacher: Begin by saying, “I can overcome.” “There is no reason for me to feel timid toward life.” “I have more than enough talent and strength to succeed, even in the face of big problems.”
Student: You make it sound easy. It’s not that easy.
Teacher: You make it sound hard. It is that easy. Abe Lincoln felt inferior to the task before him when he first became President of the United States. He approached his dilemma with honesty and simplicity. He examined the lives of many great men of the past, and discovered that, other than their attitudes, there was nothing different about them when compared with everyone else. Lincoln believed that if he simply took his usual thoughts of negativity and turned them into positive affirmations, he could drown out the “woes” and make room for the “wows.” He believed that one attitude change would offer him the answers he sought to make an incredible difference as the President. He then proceeded to prove it.