Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Elder Hafen said that we should be like eager puppies, waiting at the front door for someone to come in. Every time we hear a car approach, we should run barking to the door, fully expecting the owner to come walking through the door. Dogs can do this all day, apparently (I don't remember our dog well enough to know if she did this or not). They don't get discouraged and stop running to the door when the cars just seem to be going by with no hint of stopping. I decided to try it out. And it worked. I would approach people as if they were excited to meet me and they would stop to talk to me. I'm not sure why this worked--maybe people just like talking to happy, excited people, or maybe I just noticed the nice people more often because I was looking for them. Or maybe we find what we expect to find. Either way, I was happier and having more success.
This can also be applied to other things. For instance, Katie and I got Yahtzee for Christmas and now we play a few games every day. The game is mostly luck, but there is some skill in knowing what you have a greater probability of rolling and so forth. Anyway, I decided to put this principle to use and try to roll a Yahtzee every single round. I wouldn't stop rolling, even if I got a full house or a four-of-a-kind, and I would re-roll until I got my Yahtzee. And it paid off, too. I got my Yahtzee (worth 50 points) plus 2 bonus Yahtzees (worth 100 points each). And any time I didn't get a Yahtzee, the dice that I had rolled counted as something else either way. Let me just say that I totally creamed Katie and blew my personal best score out of the water.
So I guess the moral of the story is to expect for the best ... and prepare for the best, too. If you fully convince yourself that you can succeed and do great things, you will act accordingly and you will succeed and do great things.