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The story is told of a Scotsman who was an extremely hard worker. He not only held himself to a high standard but set the same for those who were under him. During one project where he was setting seemingly impossible deadlines for his men, a coworker needled him, saying, "Hey, Scotty! Don't you know that Rome wasn't built in a day?"
"Yes, I read about that," the Scotsman replied. "That's because I wasn't the foreman on that job!"
Do you accept the normal limitations that stop everyone else? Are you willing to accept other accept? Don't do it! That's the beginning mediocrity.
Remember the bumblebee. According to the known laws of aerodynamics, it should be scientifically impossible for the bumblebee to fly. The size, weight and shape of the bee's body in relation to its wingspan make it theoretically unable to get off the ground. But no one told the bumblebee, so it flies anyway, whatever the scientists might say!
"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope." (Jeremiah 29:11)
If God has a great plan for our lives, isn't it tie we believed the same? Isn't it time we believed what God believes? That's called faith, and our attitude is a direct barometer of our faith.
When the great architect Frank Lloyd Wright was 83 years old, he was asked which of his works would be remembered as his greatest masterpiece. He replied, "My next one!"
The future is brighter when your attitude is right. You'll have more energy, your creativity level will increase, and you'll stay younger!

(From Wayne Cordeiro's "Attitudes that Attract Succes", if you want more of these, please buy his book.)

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This is my version of the story:
Everybody in the school knew that whoever achieved the best grade on the upcoming final exam would be offered the ultimate dream "cut-off" accounting grade to stay in the program automatically.
Student Ambisyoso Kha-ayo wanted the grade so badly that he couldn't sleep at night. His desperate situation is close to impossible of getting the cut-off, meaning he's got to get a perfect score and still won't reach the "cut-off" and this was his golden opportunity! Nothing must stand in his way. He was determined to correctly answer every question on the test. On the day of the final, Ambisyoso was still studying so intently that when he glanced at his watch, he realized he was 15 minutes late for the test! He quickly collected his books; then he ran to class and into the room. Ambisyoso tried to apologize for the tardiness, but the professor whispered, "Shhh," gave Ambisyoso the test papers and motioned for him to get started.
The test was more difficult than Ambisyoso had expected, but he was driven and completed all the questions. Just as he was about to turn his test in, however, Ambisyoso noticed two more problems written on the chalkboard. Figuring these were for extra credit, he turned his paper over and began working on them. 
An excruciating battle of mind over accounting began, but his efforts would not be in vain. The invisible guardian over  the science of accounting seemed to recognize his efforts and allowed him to answer the first query.
He tackled the second problem with the zeal of a trained athlete but soon knew he had met his match. Beads of sweat began to form on his brow. Ambisyoso was certain that if he didn't solve this final problem, someone else would! And he would be denied the one and only opportunity he ever wanted.
Just then, the professor called, "Time's up!" Dejected, Ambisyoso slumped in his seat like a defeated game-show contestant.
That night he couldn't sleep. HE tossed and turned, fearing the worst. The next morning, Ambisyoso almost had to force himself to return to the class, where he would likely hear someone else's name announced as the one who got the "automatic cut-off benefit."
As he slowly entered the room, the professor stood up behind his desk and said, "Mr. Ambisyoso Kha-ayo! You have made an accounting history!"
"I don't understand, sir."
The professor replied, "You were late yesterday, weren't you Ambisyoso?"
"Yes, sir. I'm sorry. I was studying."
"No, no! Let me explain," he continued. "You see, Ambisyoso, this was going to be a hard test. So I wanted the students before the final began that accounting presents us with some very, very difficult problems and that this test would be no exception. In fact, there are some problems so difficult, we call them "unsolvable problems." As an example, I wrote two of them on the board - and you solved one of them!"
Let me ask you this: If Ambisyoso had been told he couldn't solve the problem, that it was impossible, do you think he would have tried? Absolutely not!
Believe you can change, and you will.
YOU GOTTA BELIEVE!
One man says, "I can." Another says, "I cannot." Which man is correct? Both. The Bible says, "For as [a man] thinks within himself, so he is" (Proverbs 23:7)

If we refuse to change, we're in trouble. If we think we can't change, we won't have the faith to change, even if it is possible. Jesus said, "According to your faith will it be done to you." (Matt. 9:29, NIV). If I don't have the faith that I can change or that my situation can change, then it won't.
On the other hand, if I believe I can change - I can follow Jesus, I can do better in my marriage, God can use me - then the Lord can say, "Now you've got the faith." A good attitude releases the Lord to do His work. If I say I can't, then I won't have the faith to cooperate with God's attempts to bring wholeness and healing to my life. My poor attitude will actually sabotage God's work in me.
Do yo believe your marriage can change? You must believe it can. You must believe that your heart can change, that your family can change. God is able. The question is this: Are you willing?
In the Bible, God often commends or reprimands people based on the level of their faith. In Luke 8, a woman who had been ill for many years believed she would be healed if she could only touch the fringe of Jesus' cloak. When she did, Jesus said to her, "Your faith has made you well." (v.48)
"We are being transformed into His likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit." (2 Corinthians 3:18, NIV)
Do you have faith that you can change? You must believe you can be made well, that you can develop an attitude that attracts success. If you don't think you can, you won't. The choice is yours.
(From Wayne Cordeiro's "Attitudes that Attract Success")

One sound idea is all that one needs to achieve success. The principles described in this book contain ways and means of creating useful ideas. 
When riches begin to come they come so quickly, in such great abundance, that one wonders where they have been hiding all those years.
This is an astounding statement, and all the more so when we take into consideration the popular belief that riches come only to those who work hard an long. 
When you begin to think and grow rich, you will observe that riches begin with a state of mind, with definiteness of purpose, with little or no hard work. You, and every other person, ought to be interested in knowing how to acquire the state of mind which will attract riches. I spent twenty-five years in research because, I too, wanted to know "how wealthy men become that way."
Observe very closely, as soon as you master the principles of this philosophy, and begin to follow the instructions for applying those principles, your financial status will begin to improve, and everything you touch will begin to transmute itself into an asset for your benefit. Impossible! Not at all!
One of the main weakness of mankind is the average man's familiarity with the word "impossible." He knows all the rules which will not work. He knows all the things which cannot be done. This book was written for those who seek the rules which have made others successful, and are willing to stake everything on those rules.
Success comes to those who become success conscious.
Failure comes to those who indifferently allow themselves to become failure conscious.
Another weakness found in altogether too many people is the habit of measuring everything, and everyone, by their own impressions and beliefs. Some persons who read this will believe that they cannot think and grow rich, because their thought habits have been steeped in poverty, want, misery, failure, and defeat.
These unfortunate people remind me of a prominent Chinese, who came to America to be educated in American ways. He attended the University of Chicago. One day President Harper met this young Oriental on the campus, stopped to chat with him for a few minutes, and asked what had impressed him as being the most noticeable characteristic of the American people.
"Why," the student exclaimed, "the queer slant of your eyes. Your eyes are off slant!"
What do we say about the Chinese?
We refuse to believe that which we do not understand. We foolishly believe that our own limitations are the proper measureof limitations. Sure, the other fellow's eyes are "off stand," because they are not the same as our own.