Our success or failure has little to do with our condition in life; rather, it is more about our attitude, our faith, our courage, and our choices!

Most of us who fail put the blame on our situation but winners rise above this. Sometimes, we only look within the 4 walls that box us in, but winners look for ways under, over, around, or through the walls that box in their lives.

The natural law of inertia states that: “a body at rest will remain at rest until an outside force pushes it to move. On the other hand, a body in motion remains in motion at the same speed and direction it is going until an outside force acts upon it either to change its speed or direction or cause it to stop”.

This natural law applies to our life pattern as well.

People who are successful tend to remain successful, and those who are happy continue to be so. People who achieve their goals continue reaching their goals. Those who win the respect of others go on life being respected.

However, there is a difference on how the law of inertia acts on inanimate objects and how it works in our life. In physics, outside force causes the change, but in our lives, the change comes from within us. As William James says, “The greatest discovery of my generation is that a person can alter his life by altering his attitude of mind.” William James is known as the “Father of American Psychology” in the 19th century.

What William James refers to then as “attitude of the mind” is now called by modern life coaches as mindset.

What we think is what we become eventually and this is a very hopeful and optimistic thought. It means we have the power within us to accomplish virtually any worthwhile goal we set for ourselves.

This principle in life can be applied in every phase of our lives. If we strongly believe in it (and why shouldn’t we?), then we all have the ability to change the course of our lives. We can all live the life we have always dreamed of. Only our own minds set the limit as to what we can achieve in life.

Is this not wonderful? Then we can truly say with William Ernest Henley in his poem “Invictus”: “We are the masters of our fate; We are the captains of our souls”.