26 November 2012

A Winning Attitude

Did you know that you have the power to either make your day or break your day? Not just your day but your entire life? How? With your attitude. Your attitude determines what your day and your life will be. It determines your circumstances and how you behave in those circumstances. Your attitude determines how people react or respond to you on a daily basis. It is extremely important to have the right attitude, a winning attitude, each and every day.

What is an attitude? An attitude is an outward expression of an inward emotion. It is your mental approach to life consisting of your thoughts, feelings and behaviors that determines your disposition toward yourself and others. You see, how people react or respond to you is all determined by your attitude. If you are grumpy and sour, people will tend to avoid you and steer clear of you. If you are cheerful and happy, then people will want to be in your company. Winston Churchill said your attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference. It is a mindset and you must get into the habit of having a positive mindset. Are you one who wakes up each morning and think, “Good God, it’s morning!” Or, are you one who wake up and think, “God, it’s a good morning!” The subtle difference will make a huge difference in your attitude and how you face the day.

“I had the blues because I had no shoes until upon the street,
I met a man who had no feet.” 
~ Ancient Persian Saying

Writer and poet Oscar Wilde once said, “The secret to life is to never have an emotion that is unbecoming!” Remember, your attitude is your outward expression of your inward emotion. If your inward emotions are fear, anger, irritability, and bitterness most of the time, then this is going to become your outward expression; which is expressed in your behaviors.

“A positive attitude may not solve all your problems,
but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort.” 
~ Herm Albright

How do you create a winning attitude? First, you must decide to change your attitude. Look at your life. If you are not enjoying the level of success you desire; if you don’t have the quality of relationships you would like; then perhaps you need to make an attitude adjustment. Next, get in the habit of re-programming your mind for the success you desire, the relationships you want, the lifestyle you would like to have. Get in the habit of consciously creating your ideal day. Every morning before you begin your day, determine what kind of day you want to have. You must stop, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

“How am I going to meet this new day?”
“What kind of day would I like to have?”
“What must I do to have that kind of day?”

Let the questions soak in; then allow the answers to come. A daily practice of this kind of conscious asking and planning and soon you will see not only your attitude change, but your life change as well. Someone very wise once said that attitudes are contagious; you want to make sure yours are worth catching.

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