State of Mind


Weekly thoughts from the forklift

….originally published December 2018

How do people get off track?  How does someone become a workaholic? Go from grace to an addict?  Become an over-eater?  We weren’t born this way right? Well, somewhere along the way we forgot that we were in control of how we felt. Instead of managing ourselves, we gave our power away to the outside world.

We let the things we have no control over, control the way we feel. Rather than dictate our own state of mind, it’s easier to just sit back and emotionally respond (the subconscious loves to play victim!). The world we live in is full of mechanisms to change the way we feel. We become accustomed to looking for things externally to help manage our feelings. Instant gratification and quick sources of euphoria are everywhere. i.e. We buy unnecessary things to aid depression. We drink to combat our social anxiety. We over exercise to run away.  We act as our own mental chemists, looking for the right mix to manage our state.

Real successful people learn to manage their own states, regardless of life circumstances, and without the need of external worldly supplements. They are in control of their state of mind at all times. How? They think differently, they control their thoughts.

These type of people don’t complain about having to go to work on Monday. Instead, they are excited to make a difference at work and find the positive. They look forward to Mondays.  They attack Monday’s! This type of person made a conscious decision to think differently about their life. An attitude of gratitude. It’s very simple, but really hard.

Remember this – you are not the constant chattering voice in your head, you are the person that hears that voice. You have control over that voice. You can control your thoughts.

So how do we begin to regain control of our thoughts, and then feelings? Start with smiling. A simple physical action like smiling can quickly change the energy you give and receive.

Action : smile more this week.  You can start to change your thoughts and attitude by the way you carry yourself. It’s simple. Fake it to make it if needed, but as you throw smiles to others you’ll start to receive a different energy from others. You’ll feel joy in your body. You’ll begin to function on a higher plane, one of positivity, opportunity, and being present. Your smile will naturally strengthen and become more authentic by week end, truly beginning to change the way you feel.

Just smile – Matt

Matt Miller
Author: Matt Miller

Matt Miller has done many things in his young addition to just surviving. In 2002, Matt left behind person he once was as his life was suddenly changed forever by a horrendous mountain climbing accident. Diving for his falling father, Matt fell over 4,000 feet before miraculously stopping just short of the ragid cliffs. Through a night of survival and pain, Matt persevered but lost most of his fingers and toes as a result from frostbite. Matt does everything from public speaking, one-on-one consulting, firm strategy, as well as company retreat facilitation. With a seasoned investment background and passion for educating the investment world, Matt also can't resist sharing his comments from time to time on markets. Matt is also an avid runner, successfully completing over 10 marathons without his toes! He is 38 and resides in Phoenix, Arizona.


  1. Brion H Crum on January 28, 2019 at 4:10 pm

    Matt, thanks for sharing, you made me smile 🙂

  2. Carrie on February 8, 2019 at 12:37 pm

    You are a great writer on life and beliefs. Thanks for sharing.

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