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Attitude determines altitude
Have you ever been around someone whose ora of positive energy and attitude rubs off on you, and everyone else around them, to the point that after spending time with them you are filed with hope and endless possibilities floating through your thoughts? There are just some people who have that special charisma and attitude that invigorates everyone and pushes them to a whole new level. What do these people have that you don’t have? Do they have more education? Are they smarter? More creative? Are they truly better than you in some way?
The answer is no they’re not smarter, or more creative, or better than you are. They have simply learned that their “attitude determines their altitude.” You might have heard this quote before, but it’s so true that I wanted to share it with you. First stated by Zig Ziglar, a popular motivational speaker, who is a big believer in how attitude alone can make a huge difference in how you make it in this world.
A great mindset is at the core of having a good attitude. Taking time each day to put your mindset in a positive place is an important part of creating the right mindset or attitude. One way to do this is to develop an attitude of gratitude. Being grateful for each day you’re given and to all the people around you who have contributed to your wellbeing will go far in helping you project a great, uplifting attitude. It can take a while to adjust bad attitudes to one that is good and productive but you can do it simply by practicing.
Each time during the day if you have a negative thought, try turning it around to a positive. Give yourself a moment each time you think a negative thought, count to three, breath in and breath out three times, and then turn it around to a positive. This can work in any situation whether it is your teenaged daughter’s inappropriate outfit choice, or the thoughtless person that cut in line at the bank. You can turn your thoughts and actions to positive in nature. Consider that your daughter is creative, original, and different. As long as the outfit doesn’t break any laws or school rules, truly what can happen? As far as the person who broke in line today, maybe they truly did not notice. Perhaps their mother or child is ill and they simply were in a hurry and not thinking. Really, how much more time did it cost you?
When you change how you react to what is happening around you and to you each and every day you take control of your emotions and you make a choice to act positively instead of negatively. The other saying you’ve likely heard often is “you can’t control anything but your reaction” is also very true. Why not react positively instead of negatively. Your attitude will be contagious. Smile at the person who broke in line, and they may notice their behavior. Compliment your daughter on her attire, and multi colored hair, while also mentioning school rules, suddenly it’s not as important to shock you as it was before.
Another way that you can adjust your attitude is to try to stay mindfully in the present. Many of us absent mindlessly run through our day not even noticing others around us, or sadly even the feel of the sun on our skin, the smell of the air, or the delightful people around us. If we take the time to “smell the roses” it is amazing how heighted our mood and attitude will be. Suddenly we will find that people want to be around us, we want to be around them, and we feel powerful and empowered to effect change not only within ourselves but the world. By simply making the choice to be positive and grateful we raise the height of our limits to a whole new universe of possibilities.