Right Makes Might
Chapter 118 of the book Self-Help Stuff That Works
ONCE YOU'VE MADE UP YOUR MIND about something, your mind works overtime to make itself right. Tell yourself "I have a high energy level" and your mind will try to make you right about that " you'll find energy reserves you didn't know you had, or your mind will fool you and make you think and feel you have more energy than you "really" do. Either way is better than feeling tired.
The same forces operate just as effectively with something negative. Say to yourself "I just don't seem to have the energy I had when I was younger" and your mind will make you right. Even if it's not true, the times you feel tired will stand out in your memory, and moments of high energy will be disqualified, dismissed, or forgotten.
Change what you say to yourself about people you don't get along with and your mind will work overtime to make yourself right. If you say she's a jerk, your actions will tend to bring out her jerkiness when she's around you because you want to be right. If you say to yourself she just had a bad day or is improving every day, your actions will subtly influence her behavior in a way that makes you right. You have the power. It's not absolute and almighty, but what you say to yourself influences your state of mind, the way you treat others, and thus the way they treat you.
Since you have a mind that tries to be right, you might as well use it. Make sure the things you say to yourself about yourself and other people are things you want to be right about. And you will be.
Say things to yourself you want to be right about.
- Abraham Lincoln
Here's how to create a spirit of willing cooperation
in the people you work with and live with.
How to Get What You Want From Others
Being able to express your feelings is an important part of intimate communication. But there are times and places where the ability to mask your feelings is important too.
The Power of a Poker Face
Close friends are probably the most important contributor to your lifetime's happiness and your health.
How to Be Close to Your Friends
If you have hard feelings between you and another person,
you ought to read this.
How to Melt Hard Feelings
Is it necessary to criticize people? Is there a way to avoid the pain involved?
Take the Sting Out
Would you like to improve your ability to connect with people? Would you like to be a more complete listener? Check this out.
To Zip or Not to Zip
next: The Bad Apple
Staff, H. (2008, November 1). Right Makes Might, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2023, September 22 from https://www.healthyplace.com/self-help/self-help-stuff-that-works/right-makes-might