We all have an attitude. Sometimes it’s excellent and sometimes it’s not. What’s really important though is to realize when we need an attitude adjustment!
You see attitude makes all the difference to how we live life. It impacts whether we feel happy or sad, it can affect our energy level and also can make the difference between success and failure, so it’s really important we pay attention to it.
The human condition is such that we are always on a roller coaster. Little tiny things can either make us feel over the moon, or down in the dumps.
Fortunately, this is all within our control and as long as we remain in tune with our inner thoughts, we can use them to take us beyond our wildest dreams or keep us stuck in a rut.
Since starting my personal development business in 2008, I’ve realized more and more the importance of tweaking my attitude daily.
I don’t suppose I really gave it much thought before to be honest, but I can tell you, it is definitely the one lesson that has made the greatest impact on my daily living and has contributed immensely to my degree of success this far.
Additionally, since taking on a few coaching clients I have seen the effects unfold before my eyes and I’m convinced it’s a universal truth based on first hand experience.
This week I had two coaching clients back to back who were prime examples of polar opposites.
My first session was with a lady who was incredibly passionate about getting started with her internet business.
It was something she had thought of for a very long time, and after reading my post on the right time to start a business, she decided right there and then to contact me to get the ball rolling.
She had no experience whatsoever but viewed the opportunity with excitement and was looking forward to learning ways to unlock her inner passions and broaden her horizons.
Additionally, while she was well aware of the fact that there were many other people building businesses in her particular field, she was looking forward to reaching out to forge relationships and learn from them.
I gave her some homework and we set a few tasks for her to complete and we ended our conversation on a wonderfully high note.
Later that day I had another session with a lady in exactly the same position who stumbled across my blog weeks ago. She too had considered starting a business on the internet for quite a while and though she had been successful previously, it took her a while to make a move.
I found it interesting, that even though she had many talents and so much experience in her particular field as well as some technical experience that far outweighed many of us in this industry, she was tentative and unsure.
She felt overwhelmed at the thoughts of laying the foundation and viewed the ‘tasks’ we’d set out as “work”. She also felt intimidated by the thoughts of similar businesses and viewed them as “hard to beat competition”.
The root cause of this boiled down to her limiting beliefs and a few set backs she’d recently experienced.
Thankfully after discussing her concerns she realized she needed to work on her mindset and make some ‘internal’ changes in order to succeed externally.
Thankfully, she felt more empowered and is embracing the realization of needing an attitude adjustment with open arms.
Funnily enough, I decided to write on the topic of attitude after completing these sessions and just before I sat down to work I received two calls from friends, one after the other.
Now, I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned this before, but wintertime in British Columbia is … well…wet. We get a significant amount of rain and even have a saying in our neck of the woods that “in Vancouver you don’t tan you rust” and as much as we should be used to it, it can be a bit of a pain after a while.
My friend Shannon called and the first thing out of her mouth was how glad she’ll be when this (insert adjective) rain stops. LOL
My friend Leanne called to tell me her daffodils are popping up thanks to all this ‘liquid sunshine’.
I found it humorous how two people can look at the exact same thing and see it completely different.
As for my thoughts…I’m with Shannon on this one! (Just saying)
The point to this post though, is to stay close to your thoughts and if you feel like you’re dipping, get a grip, decide to turn things around and give yourself an attitude adjustment. It takes less energy to look on the bright-side than it does to battle with the opposite.
Before I sign off, I’d like to share Chuck Swindolls’ thoughts on attitude. It summarizes everything I’m trying to say:
The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life.
Attitude, to me, is more important than facts.
It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do.
It is more important than appearance, giftedness, or skill. It will make or break a company … a church … a home.
The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day.
We cannot change our past. We cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable.
The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude …
I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me, and 90% how I react to it.
And so it is with you … we are in charge of our Attitudes.
Couldn’t have said it better myself!
In conclusion, it’s OK to have an attitude, as long as you pay attention to it and keep it in check.
If not, it’s time to take the bull by the horns and make an adjustment. Do your best to make it your mission to look for the good in everything.
Disappointments often pave the way for better things to come. Problems are always opportunities for improvement.
Change the way you look at things and you’ll have a better day or more importantly “life” because of it!
What are some of the ways you’ve tweaked your attitude? Share your tips and tricks with us below!