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Your attitude affects your reality

By Edward T. Creagan, M.D. March 6, 2013

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M. Scott Peck wrote the book, "The Road Less Traveled." In the first sentence he comments that life is hard, and once you accept that fact you are better able to move forward.

Everyone, regardless of the credentials on the wall, the title or the paycheck, has struggles and disappointments and setbacks. That is just the way it is. There is no Camelot. There is no perfect world. Once you recognize that everyone struggles with the same fundamental issues, it becomes a little easier to move forward.

But if you assume a victim mentality and you aren't willing to try to improve yourself or your situation, you are doomed.

Attitude creates reality. For example, Mayo Clinic researchers have clearly documented that having a more positive, optimistic view of the situation provides health benefits for individuals with some forms of lung cancer. So how you view a situation can have enormous impact on how you live.

Some people see setbacks as absolute devastation whereas others view them as opportunities. At the end of the day, the choice is really up to you.

With

Edward T. Creagan, M.D.

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Mar. 06, 2013