PCM notes made from a Fall 1995 radio broadcast on Focus on the Family.
John Maxwell, awesome attitude speaker.
John learned in Psychology 101 “we see what we are prepared to see” and from Flip Wilson “What you see, is what you get.”
If we prepare to see Jesus, we will see Him. If we prepare to see God’s salvation and blessings by studying His word, we become trained to see them. You ask someone why they are in such a bad mood and they blame the bed, “I got up on the wrong side of the bed.” You want to tell them “Well just go home, get back in bed and get up on the right side.” We try to say we were born on the wrong side of the tracks. We were born into a bad situation. True, you can’t choose your birth place, your name or your parents, but you can choose your attitude and how you deal with problems.
Moral = you can choose your attitude
A mom and daughter were doing their Christmas shopping. It was the end of the day and the mom was tired, her feet were hurting and she was irritable. They stopped into one last store. As they were leaving the store the mother asked the daughter “Did you see the dirty look that Salesman gave me?” The daughter replied “Ah, mom, you had that dirty look before you went in there.”
Story of Jim: Jim’s mom would wake him up every morning at 5:30am and say “It’s going to be a great day”. Well Jim had to get up in the cold, start the stove and do the chores. He didn’t like this. So one morning when his mom woke him up and she said “It’s going to be a great morning” and he said “No it’s not mother, it is going to be a terrible day”. His mom said “If you believe that then you might as well not even get out of bed.” He thought, now why didn’t I think if this before. He went back to sleep for about three hours. When he woke up the house was warm and the smell of breakfast was wonderful. He hoped out of bed and went to the kitchen. He told his mother that this was great, the house was warm and he was hungry. His mother said “You will not get any breakfast.” He asked “Why?” She said, “Now Jim, you said it was a terrible day, and as your mother I have to do all in my power to make sure what you believe will come to pass, now go back to your room.” Jim had to stay in his room all day, he wasn’t able to go out and play and didn’t get anything to eat, all he got to do was sleep. Well at 5:30am the next morning when his mom came in, she found him sitting on the bed, fully clothed. When she came in he jumped up, gave her a big hug and said “It is going to be a great day.”
Mark 11:23-26 Ever notice how Mark says to ‘say’ three times and ‘believe’ only once in verse 23?
Another web page quoting John Maxwell.
Dr. Maxwell is a motivational speaker often heard on Focus on the Family’s radio broadcast.
Dr. John C. Maxwell
P.O. Box 7700
Atlanta, GA 30357-0700