Quality Magazine

Jim's Gems: Take Control of your Attitude

December 1, 2010

Our attitude is a product of ourselves and we can choose to make it whatever we desire.
 
Our attitude can be based on weather, stress that surrounds us, daily traffic congestion commuting to work, the way people treat us, and countless other things that we may or may not be able to influence. On the other hand, our attitude can be more of what we choose it to be.
 
If we allow our attitude to be controlled by other people or to random circumstances, it's likely going to be unstable, undependable and usually not very productive. However, when we decide to choose our own attitude, independent of what might be happening around us, we set ourselves up for positive change.

Our attitude has a lot to do with how we experience life. It serves as a lens through which we see life, and it's best when that lens is focused on a positive environment and possibilities. Our attitude can enable us to make the most of difficult situations, as well as finding and creating enormous value in our world.

There is absolutely nothing that forces us to adopt one particular attitude over another. When we get in the habit of consciously choosing to have a positive, empowering attitude, we become free to achieve the things that are most meaningful to us.

Our attitude is always ours to determine. Doesn't it make sense to select an attitude that will foster peak performance and effectiveness no matter what may be going on around us?

Don't let anyone or anything else control something as critically important as your attitude.

Martha Washington (1732-1802) said, “I am still determined to be cheerful and happy, in whatever situation I may be; for I have learned from experience that the greater part of our happiness or misery depends upon our dispositions, and not upon our circumstances.”

Now, and always, choose an attitude that will enable you to soar high and have great success.