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Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Attitude is Everything!


Attitude:  manner, disposition, feeling, position, etc., with regard to a person or thing; tendency or orientation, esp. of the mind: a negative attitude; group attitudes.

It is amazing how much attitude plays a part in our everyday lives.  You can probably look at almost anyone, and pick up something about their attitude, if it is good, bad, lazy, vain, cheerful, hateful, or one of many, many other things.  Sometimes it is just for the moment, or is about a certain topic, but part of being human is "reading" what you see.  

What is great about attitude is....we can change ours if we need to!  There is nothing desirous of a bad attitude, and we've all had one at one time or another, even if it's just been for a few minutes when something went wrong.  But I just want to mention a few positives of a
good attitude to always keep in mind-and yeppers!  I've changed mine according to the positives below!
  • It makes people respond to you in a better way.  
If you go to work with a good attitude, people will be happier to see you, and will want to interact with you more than if you go to work with a bad attitude.  

When you've made a mistake, or have done something wrong, if you own up to it and keep your attitude right(good and humble), people will respond more positively.

With people worried about our economy these days, if you show a good attitude that is trying to be optimistic, people that want to feel hope will be more drawn to you than if you join the media and all of it's doom and gloom attitude.
  • It helps in time of conflict.
Married couples need to learn this!  Whether you are a Christian or not, the Bible has these wise words to share:  Proverbs 15:1  soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.
If you have a difference in opinion, ideas, or conviction, keeping a humble attitude that shows in your voice and demeanor not only calms the waters, but will also get your voice heard much more so than if you are a raging maniac.  Defenses are let down when your attitude is humble.
  • It sets an example for others, especially those in your own household.
You can teach your children to "do as I say and not as I do", but guess what?  What they live with will affect how they think.  If you have a horrible attitude about everything, there's a good chance that they will be pessimistic.  

On the other hand, if you show those around you a good attitude,  you are helping them to see the glass as half full instead of half empty, and our families need this when there is so much negative that is in the world.

One of the ladies I hold as a role model in my own life is a few years younger than me.  I've known her for 16 years, and have seen her face incredible circumstances.  Money is not what has made her my role model(I know that some look at financially successful people as role models), for she is not rich.  It is her exceptional attitude.  She has faced situations that would make many of us crumble, but she has handled them with a gracefulness that I envy.  She is a beautiful Christian woman, and has leaned on the Lord for her strength-I know that she wouldn't want me to just give her all the credit.  But instead of blaming God for the hardships of life, or turning from Him in her most difficult times, she has kept a good attitude, and God is and will reward her for that.

Aren't we all inspired by others who have kept a good attitude in hard times?  If we didn't, there wouldn't so many books published on people who have beat the odds of their circumstances.  

When I face my hardest times, don't give me a book full of pages of someone going thru the same thing, and how they agonized and suffered every waking moment-I already know all of that!  Give me a story about someone who is facing the same thing, and show me their positive attitude so that I can learn how to make it thru my hardest times too!

These are just a few things that a good attitude can do.  I know there are many other things.

I really do believe that attitude is everything!  I continue to work on mine!