I think this is an incredible message:
The Making of the Achiever by Allan Cox :
"Washington Irving once wrote, ‘Great minds have purposes; others have wishes.’ His insight leads to the realization that without expectancy we lack purpose. Achievers, in particular, exhibit this attitude of expectancy. This shows itself most forcefully in the way they minimize their losses. They did not grieve over failures or what might have been. Rather, the achiever looks around the corner in anticipation of good things that await him. All he has to do, he believes, is show the determination to get there.
He rejects the notion of ‘can’t,’ and, as a result, he is able to open more doors than others, strike better deals, and attract more energetic and resourceful people to work with him. He sets higher standards and gets others to help him meet them. He wins confidence and nurtures vitality in others. He expects to succeed when, combined with desire, expectancy produces hope. And hope makes all things possible. Living the expectant life is simply a good act of judgment."