The Ultimate Secrets of Total Self-Confidence by Dr. Robert Anthony
“Time and time again, psychological studies have shown that the basic reason for a person's success is that he expected to succeed. Athletes who achieve success expect to win. Muhammed Ali was one of the greatest prizefighters of all time. In his usual outgoing way, he affirmed victory by stating, “When I win this fight…” not “If I win this fight.” Now, that's total self-confidence!
Aristotle said, “What you expect, that you shall find.” Expectations control your life, so it is imperative that you control your expectations. If you expect the best, you will attract the best. But if you expect the worst to happen, be assured that it will. By permitting your life to be dominated by negative thought patterns, you form the habit of expecting negative results. Studies show that over 90 percent of the population has negative expectations.
You may find this hard to accept, but the reason you grow old is because you expect to. You have been programmed to begin getting old when you reach a certain age. At that point in time, you subconsciously take on the personality, dress style, and symptoms of old age.”
ACTION STEP FOR TODAY:
What are your expectations for life? Your career? Your marriage? Take a second today and make an honest assessment of the important areas of your life
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Quotes from: Dr. Robert Anthony, The Ultimate Secrets of Total Self-Confidence (New York: The Penguin Group, 1979), page 122.