Believe Or Leave – Slinkard On Success

By: D. A. Slinkard

Believe or leave…those were the sentiments spoken by the zealous leader as he spoke to his employees pertaining to the upcoming year. I really liked this slogan, and as soon as I heard the words uttered, I knew that I had an article in the making. The speaker of this slogan was referring to his employees either believing they could achieve success or needing to leave the organization. This makes perfect sense to me because if you have the wrong belief system, then you will not achieve success.

This made me question how many people go about life having the wrong thought process on their success. How many people get up to go to a job they are absolutely miserable at? How many people trudge through the day being one thing when they actually desire to be something else? Why would anyone put themselves through that kind of torment? Their belief system. That is right; what is wrong with these people comes down to what is between their ears.

I am a firm believer that many people go through life thinking about all the things they cannot do; when, if they had the right belief system, they would be thinking about all the things they can do. If the thought process was changed into believing the person could have success, there would be more positive results happening throughout everyone’s lives. Instead, you have the people who think they cannot, and behold, they are correct because they do exactly what they thought. If you do the same things over and over again, do not be surprised when you keep getting the same old results.

If you are not going to believe in what you are doing, then why would you not want to leave? Now I am not talking about leaving a spouse or a family. I will not advocate divorce because I believe in the sacredness of God and marriage being between one man and one woman until death do them part. If you are at a job you hate, why be there? If you are not doing what you are destined to do, why not? Too often people struggle with their careers because they are doing things that are contrary to their belief system. Anytime someone goes contrary to what they believe in, there will be a struggle for survival, a struggle for happiness, a struggle to make an impact in life.

I believe that too many people want to complain about how bad things are; they want to gripe and grumble about their career, maybe their boss, or even their company. But if they are doing nothing about their situation, then they need to shut up! No one has a right to complain if they are doing nothing about their situation. It is like the people who complain about politicians, and then come to find out, they did not exercise their right to vote. If you do not vote, then you do not have the right to complain. Furthermore, if you are not doing anything to better your situation, then just shut your mouth.

Human nature, though, makes it enjoyable to think negatively. It is a proven fact that it is easier to think negatively in life than it is to think positively. However, negative thinking is not going to get you to where you want to be. The cream always rises to the top, and if you are thinking negatively, you are going to be sinking. Work on your belief system. Start out small each day. If you are not a positive person, you are going to need to train yourself to become one. Ask anyone who has kids, and you will find out our human nature is to tell lies. You do not have to teach a kid how to tell a lie; but you do have to teach them to tell the truth. A positive attitude is the exact same way.

You are going to need to work on your attitude daily. Doing so will allow for personal growth in your life. Your belief system is going to grow; your outlook is going to change. You will notice a difference in your life. You will find yourself handling situations in a different manner, but please realize that you must change that belief system in order to grow as an individual. Now there is one thing you must decide on in your own life: Are you going to believe or are you going to leave?
By: D. A. Slinkard
D.A. Slinkard is the manager of the Athens Staples store