BOOK REVIEW: Believe You Can By John Mason

Believe You Can – The Power of Positive Attitude By John Mason.

You may be surprised how much you can accomplish when you believe in yourself and keep a positive attitude. 

That’s why the book, Believe you can:  the power of positive attitude, by John Mason is on my list of recommended books to read.  This book is informative and practical in that it can help you develop and maintain a positive attitude.

In the chapter on enthusiasm we learn how challenging it can be to remain enthusiastic when pursuing something. 

We have to constantly look for new ways to nourish the enthusiasm. 

We have to constantly be looking for new ways to feed it so it will continue to grow. 

Sometimes it can be difficult in a world filled with so much negativity.  The author discusses the importance that attitude plays in keeping up the enthusiasm to finish something. 

Like the book mentions, it isn’t our position it’s our disposition.  Some people freeze in the winter, others ski. 

Another great chapter the book discuses is how so many of us make excuses, or as the author calls them, alibis.  We are all guilty of this at some point in our lives. 

Stop wasting your time talking about want you want to do, just do it. 

Don’t talk about it, be about it and stop placing the blame on others.  I love how the book compares excuses to a house built on a poor foundation. 

Eventually that house will collapse and would have been a waste of time to build in the first place. 

Instead of making excuses as to why something didn’t turn out the way it did, admit what errors happened.     

As explained in the chapter on criticism, the author points that those who can’t do something criticize, but those who can do.  Like the book says, take criticism as a compliment.

When people start to criticize your ideas and goals, that’s how you know you’re heading in the right direction.  Simple minded people are always the first to criticize something without knowing anything about it. 

This leads into another topic the author touches base on, which is jealousy and envy.  It’s a common trait among small minded people. They yearn for what they don’t have. 

As explained by the author, time flies, it’s up to you to be the pilot.  Life is too short.  When you in your final days of life, you don’t want to find yourself lying there and thinking about all the things you wish you should’ve, would’ve, and could’ve done. 

My take away from this chapter is that life is too short to live it as someone who is always miserable.

One of great topics I found helpful, that the author covered, was how comparing yourself to others is a total waste of time.  Comparing our self to others is not just frustrating, as the book points out, but it’s a total waste of energy.  Just because that person became successful doesn’t mean that you won’t be as success as well.

In summary, if you’re looking for a book that delivers on its title, then I highly recommend this one.  The chapters are short and to the point, not to mention the book is only 204 pages and small enough to fit in your back pocket. 

After you finish reading this book, you will have a road map on how to build a positive attitude and avoid the pitfalls of negativity.

Believe You Can By John Mason

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