It Is All in The Mind

Work is what we make of it. Work can be drudgery. And work can actually be something that refreshes both the soul and the body. Work is like anything else; it’s what we make of it. Results are determined not by the Chore and not by the length; outcomes are determined by the worker’s mind.

Two people get off the plane in a remote area of the world. They are there to work for a year. The first person who gets off the Jet looks around as he walks down the steps and says, “This place stinks. This is going to be the most awful year of my life.”

 The person behind him gets off the plane and says, “This is fantastic. The party starts here.”

When the two people leave their work behind at the end of the year and get on the plane to fly home, a magical thing happens. It turns out they both were right.

This really happened. It happens more often than we think. Only we can control our destiny. Only we can control our thoughts and our actions. If you don’t like where you are or what you are doing, don’t talk to everybody around you. Start by talking to the person in the mirror.

Trying to control your own thoughts and your own beliefs may seem like a large undertaking. Yet, it’s like everything else; you need to practice something to build strength in it. You can find good and depravity in anything. If you want to live well, find the good. The less you practice this, the harder it will be. First, I can assure you the ability is within each and every one of us.  

If you need help, there is a lot of good free help or nearly free help to be had these days. Check on Meetup, Eventbrite, Thinkific, Udemy, and other platforms that offer classes. And if you can’t find anything, write me at  I will give you a free 90-minute session to help get you started. Please consider this offer. I would be happy to help.

Thank you for being with me today. I hope to be with you again tomorrow.

Author: Mike Balof

A retired Air Force Master Sergeant, Mike used to lay in bed at night and worry about what would happen if his plant closed or found himself without a job. One day his plant closed. Rather than panic and hysteria (OK, maybe a little) Mike found himself carried away on the adventure of his life. Mike started with the best job he ever had working at Home Depot. He spent 8 years working with job seekers at a local workforce center, helping them to find employment. He then started his own company developing courses, writing books and urging others to follow their own paths into the future. Mike holds a Master of Arts in Adult Education and Training and a Bachelor of Business Management, earned through the University of Phoenix and an AAS degree in Electronics Systems Technology from the Community College of the Air Force. Mike is a member of the Delta Mu Delta Business Honor Society.

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