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When I was in Washington DC a few years ago, I bought a mini statue of the Lincoln Memorial and put it on my desk as a reminder of the greatness one can achieve. I discovered soon after that the face on the statue bares little resemblance to Honest Abe, but that does nothing to diminish his greatness or the inspirational qualities of these success quotes from Abraham Lincoln.

This led to one of Abraham Lincoln’s most famous works, “The Secret.” Oh wait, his most famous work was the Gettysburg Address. “The Secret” was written by someone else.

This is the time for self evaluation.

Do you believe you have little or no control about the future? If so, I think you happened on this page by accident and are probably wasting your time. The entire philosophical foundation of Ideal Health and Healing is that you can create your future, that your choices make a difference.

Do you believe you have created your present situation? Common sense dictates there are limits to what we control and what we have created. Being born in a country where freedom is extolled and the idea of self-determination is ever present could be chalked up to luck as can many other things in life, but how one reacts to those incidents—good or bad—has, no doubt, influenced the present.

Let’s take a look at your health. You are certainly influenced by genetics and may be predisposed to certain conditions, but chances are if you’re unhealthy, it’s because you’ve neglected nutrition or exercise. If you are in good shape and flourish health-wise, chances are you’ve made nutrition and exercise a part of your life.

Do you believe you are capable of creating your future, but haven’t quite figured it out? Join the club. In fact, even those who have achieved moderate success in multiple aspects of their lives believe they still have greatness waiting to come out, yet can’t quite seem to find it. It’s all about finding a life vision and a way to drill that life vision into our essence that brings miraculous results. If you’d like to learn more about the Ideal Life Vision, follow the link.

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Either way, let’s see what Mr. Lincoln has to say about wisdom and daily actions for success.

Take a look at your high school yearbook and note all the people who wrote, “Stay the way you are and you’ll go far!” Nothing could be further from the truth.

Now is the time for daily evaluation.

What did you do today to improve your life? If the answer is “nothing,” I have good news. The day’s not over. There’s a better method of gaining wisdom daily than happening across a brilliant and witty blog post regarding success quotes from Abraham Lincoln. It’s called starting your day by gaining wisdom. This can be accomplished in a variety of ways. They include:

Prayer and Meditation. You might as well start your day by gaining wisdom from the fount of wisdom, eh?

Reading. There are many books that will enrich your well of wisdom, ranging from religious text to personal development tomes to great literature.

Reviewing your Ideal Life Vision. Oh, you don’t have a life vision? Let’s take care of that! The Ideal Life Vision involves a daily renewal of what it is that makes you tick.

What other ways are there to gain wisdom? There’s more to wisdom than reading and thinking about it. Much wisdom is gained from experience, quite often negative experiences. You’ll learn more from doing than hearing. You’ll learn a lot more about exercise by exercising as opposed to reading about exercise. You’ll learn a lot more about growing your business by trying to grow your business as opposed to reading about it.

What other nugget can I glean from Mr. Lincoln’s wisdom? Notice the time frame Mr. Lincoln is concerned with. Although he obviously had a long term plan for his life, he understood the importance of each day. In other words, do something today.

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By the way, having a positive attitude won’t solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worthwhile.

What’s your attitude? The cliches about the importance of attitude abound. And there’s a reason these cliches abound. They’re true. Attitude does determine altitude. You should have an attitude of gratitude. An attitude is an inward thought that wiggles its way out. There can be no positive result through negative attitude. I could go on, but Google can give you 488,000 axioms about attitude in just over half-a-second.

A “books about attitude” search comes up with 195-million results in .32 seconds. Apparently someone thinks it’s important. If there are so many books about attitude, it tells me that individuals are looking for a way to improve their attitude, which tells me having a positive attitude isn’t always easy. It’s hard to smell the roses, for example, when your hand is bleeding profusely from being raked by thorns.

So how does one acquire a positive attitude? This is the $145-million question. The old adage “fake it till you make it” has been helpful to me. We’re not always going to feel positive about the situation, but we can always pretend we do. And if you pretend something long enough, you start to believe it.

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When I was a kid I couldn’t wait to become an adult. Now that I’m an adult, I look forward to acting like a kid.

Just wanted to finish the success quotes from Abraham Lincoln by reemphasizing his recognition that future success is created one day at a time.

I often find myself worrying about events that couldn’t possibly manifest themselves for years in the future while neglecting the things I can do today to make sure that day many years in the future is not a disaster.

For more on how to create your Ideal Life one day at a time, check out the Ideal Life Vision Program.

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