When we look for it, we can see our own attitude. We can see it in the morning when we wake up, we can see it while we’re getting ready to go to work for ourselves or for others. We can see it when we are by ourselves or with others. We can also see our attitude when faced with opportunities and challenges. Humm… That being said, allow me to share, for your reading pleasure, through this blog post, four of my thoughts on attitude.
Our attitude is so much a part of our DNA. Would you believe, in spite of how powerful and important our attitude, it is often times easily ignored? Believe it. Why is that? – You may ask. That’s because, good or bad, our attitude is always within us. Whatever our attitude is, we get used to it, and take it for granted. We say negative things such as, “Today just isn’t my day” – “That’s just the way I am” – “there’s nothing I can do about that” – and “see how my boss has dead-ended my career.” Instead of those negative sayings, we should say positive things such as, “You can count on me” – “If it is to be – it’s up to me” – “Today is my day” – and “Life is great.” Try it – you’ll like it.
Our attitude is like the air that surrounds us; an invisible aura we carry with us that is always just there. And, since it is always there, just a part of us, we can go through days or weeks without even thinking about it at all. In fact, most of us are generally unaware of our own attitudes. I would submit to you that must change. Why? Because your attitude, at any moment, says a lot about you. Remember – it is your attitude, how you’re thinking each and every day, that determines your altitude; and whether you are making progress toward the realization of your worthy goals and ideas.
Our attitude is everything. It is not some abstract facet of our personality. In reality, our attitude is the role we choose to play out in our life each and every day. Our attitude is made up of our feelings, our thoughts, our opinions, our frame of mind and reference, our points of view, and our paradigms; how we see the world around us. It is also the identity we take on each and every day. In other words, our attitude is the lens through which we see ourselves and our life. In the words of the late Zig Ziglar – “You can have anything in life you want – if you just help enough other people get what they want.” If that is not a reflection of “attitude” within us, I don’t know what is. Attitude “is” everything.
Our attitude in circumstances is a choice. According to Dennis Brown – “The only difference between a good day and a bad day is your attitude.” Each day we all encounter some type of “stimuli”. Based on the stimuli, we will “respond”. Smack dab in the center between the “stimuli” and the “response”, is our power “choose”. We will choose to be pro-active (a positive attitude), or we will choose to be re-active (a negative attitude). And, just in case you didn’t know it, our choice will be based on our self-awareness, imagination, conscience or independent will. Now, since our attitude is a choice – I would hope that we all continue “working” at choosing to respond to encountered stimuli, with a more positive attitude; versus a negative attitude. In the words of the late Zig Ziglar – “A positive attitude won’t let you do everything; but it will let you do everything better than a negative attitude will.” “A positive attitude will let you use your abilities – and that’s all you really need.” Choose to live with a positive attitude, each and every day.
It is my belief; if we focus on our “attitude” (the right attitude), we will feel good about ourselves; live up to our potential each and every day, and do our part, to make a positive difference in our world, and truly understand that “It’s Never Too Late To Live Up To Your Potential”, each and every day. Isn’t that what it’s really all about?
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