...It is an important moment in your life when you discover for yourself the great Truth that things may happen around you, and things may happen to you, but the only things that really count are the things that happen in you. You may have precious little control of the elements or the fluctuation of the stock market or the unpredictable behavior of people. However, you live in a world of your consciousness, which is the sum total of the thoughts of your mind. And you can control what goes on in your mind. This is not to say that it is easy but to establish that it is possible.
Since its opening 30 years ago, the XYZ Cleaning Company (not its real name, but the company is real) had shown a profit every quarter until the first quarter of 2009. When the CEO realized he was going to have to tell his 30 managers they would not be getting their routine bonuses, he called me and asked if I would give [them] a pep talk.