Looking up is what happens when you choose to believe you have control over some aspects of your life.
Looking down is what happens when you believe you’re a victim of life and circumstance.
Looking up is a way to survive and thrive through difficult times; it requires courage, optimism, belief, and accountability.
Looking down is a way to “create” worse situations and turn the illusion of bad luck into a reality. It feeds on negativity, excuses, doubt, and disbelief.
The way you look will influence where you go.
Even though we don’t have much control over many things in life, focusing on what we do control — like looking up — can completely change the direction of your life.
When you look up, the good becomes better, the bad becomes good, and the desperate becomes hopeful.
You can’t put a value or measure the impact of perspective and mindset; but in the game of life, it is your most invaluable asset.
Adam Bornstein is a New York Times bestselling author and the author of You Can’t Screw This Up. He is the founder of Born Fitness, and the co-founder of Arnold’s Pump Club (with Arnold Schwarzenegger) and Pen Name Consulting. An award-winning writer and editor, Bornstein was previously the Chief Nutrition Officer for Ladder, the Fitness and Nutrition editor for Men’s Health, Editorial Director at LIVESTRONG.com, and a columnist for SHAPE, Men’s Fitness, and Muscle & Fitness. He’s also a nutrition and fitness advisor for LeBron James, Cindy Crawford, Lindsey Vonn, and Arnold Schwarzenegger. According to The Huffington Post, Bornstein is “one of the most inspiring sources in all of health and fitness.” His work has been featured in dozens of publications, including The New York Times, Fast Company, ESPN, and GQ, and he’s appeared on Good Morning America, The Today Show, and E! News.