Article Title: How to THINK your Way to Success - the Vital Importance of Maintaining a Positive ATTITUDE
Author: Craig Lock
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We hope that the following short article (an extract from Craig's manuscript on sport psychology, 'THE WINNING MIND' may be informative and helpful to your ezine readers, or on your web site. If it helps others "out there" in any way, then we're happy. This article (as with all my articles) may be freely published, electronically or in print.

We share what we know, so that we all may grow."


The Vital Importance of Developing a Winning Attitude - in Sport and in Life:

Authors Note:
This extract is from 'The Winning Mind', an e-book by Craig Lock written by a layman and sports fanatic to enhance (hopefully) the performance of all sportsmen and women throughout the world - no matter their level of skill or abilities.

Positive attitudes fuel the fire of achievement in people's lives. Superstars, like boxer Sugar Ray Leonard and Carl Lewis
are the epitomises of positive thinking superstar sportsmen. A positive attitude is the single most important factor for success in life. Health-conscious, gym-going people epitomise* positive thinking.

* Like that fancy word, "epitomise", which I'm using so frequently.

Your attitude. Is it "the right attitude? It's something many of us take for granted. "Why should I worry about my attitude?" -you say. "If people can't get along with me, that's their problem!"

If you carry a negative attitude around with you every day, you are closing the doors of opportunities in your life. We are all
exposed to negative thinking, "poor-attitude" people - they're everywhere. With all the negative input that we receive from our friends, family, bosses, the news and co-workers, maintaining a positive attitude can be difficult...but it's so important.

When most people hear the words "attitude adjustment", they think about going to the bar for the "happy hour". Those who
continually immerse themselves in this nonsense, neglect the real problem themselves. When things don't go right in their lives, they try to escape by not facing reality. People who lead the fitness life-style generally have positive attitudes. They feel good, they look good and those feelings radiate to anyone whom comes into contact with them. The only bars that the
fitness-conscious care about are bar -bells. They have made a commitment to themselves to stay in shape. It takes the same type of commitment to maintain a positive attitude, although be aware that at times you may have "down days". Then it's up to you to pull your attitude up once more.

To end off, I believe ones attitude is the single most critical factor in making the most of our lives. Think correctly with positive uplifting "torts".


From our thoughts spring our reality; consequently our thoughts determine the outcomes of our lives. Thus, our beliefs create our behaviors and our behaviors create our experience.

From the ideas we hold in the "top two inches" of our heads our future emerges. So



Craig Lock ("Information and Inspiration Distributer, Writer for Self Empowerment, Motivational Counsellor,Incorrigible Encourager and People-builder")

"Man is mind
and evermore he takes the tool of thought...
and shaping what he wills,
brings forth a thousand joys, a thousand ills.
He thinks in secret
and it comes to pass -
environment is but his looking glass."
- author unknown

(Thanks so much for sharing with me, dad!)

"The important thing is not to win, but to take part.
The important thing in life is not the triumph, but the struggle.
The essential thing is not to have conquered, but to have fought well."

“Together, one mind, one life at a time, let’s see how many people we can impact, empower, uplift, encourage and perhaps even inspire to reach their fullest potentials.”


Author's Bio: 

About the author:
Craig believes in (and loves) sharing information and insights to make a difference in this world: to help and especially encourage people along life's magical journey ... and that brings him the greatest joy.

The various books that Craig "felt inspired to write" (including 'The Winning Mind' * *) are available at: +

Craig’s blog on which he’s posting (sharing) various thoughts and extracts is on his blog at and

“Together, one mind, one life at a time, let’s see how many people we can impact, empower, uplift, encourage and perhaps even inspire to reach their fullest potentials."