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Sam Walton and the Best Shins in Town, Joe Martin
There is a famous story about the founder of Walmart, Sam Walton, and a trip he took to little old Huntsville, Alabama. Whenever Sam (we go way back so I feel comfortable calling him Sam) would go into a new town, he liked to check out the competition.
Sam Walton and the Best Shins in Town
He went into one of our local establishments with one of his assistants. The assistant was blown away with how terrible the place was. Junk everywhere, terrible employees, etc… Sam and the assistant met back up later to compare notes. The assistant laid out all the things that were so bad about the store.
Sam did not say one thing about the negative. He said “Did you see that panty-hose rack? I wrote down the manufacturer, we have to get those for our stores. Also, did you see the ethnic hair care section? They have 12 feet of shelf space, we only have 4! We are missing out on this, we need to correct it.”
What’s the moral of this story? You can focus on the negative or you can accentuate the positive.
It can be, “I have the best shins in town“, although that one is already taken by the owner of this blog. Or it could be, “I love that my body has given me 3 awesome children.”
Whenever you are tempted to talk negatively, flip it around and think about the positive. Whenever you are focused on the negative, that is all you see. It gives you tunnel vision and makes you miserable.
Stick with the positive message and it opens your mind up to the possibility that the other things you dislike about your body might not be so bad. Your thoughts become reality, stick with the ones you want to come true.
Joe Martin is an experienced and sought-after guest speaker for fitness and motivation. He has done a TED Talk, keynote presentations, a recurring live TV show segment, radio, and has emceed several events as well. If you are looking for a high-energy speaker that can motivate, make people laugh, and create an impact please contact Joe Martin at firstname.lastname@example.org and visit his website at Joe Martin Fitness