Somewhere along the way, the word attitude seems to have developed a slightly negative connotation. Now when many people hear the word attitude, they immediately conjure images of insolence, arrogance, and negativity. In fact, people just assume we know what they mean when they say ‘he/she’s got an attitude’ – presuming of course that if someone has an attitude it must be a bad one.
Attitudes, as defined by Eagly & Chaiken, are evaluations of feelings toward a person, idea, or object that are typically positive or negative. In most cases, we get to decide whether or not we bring a positive or negative attitude to a situation. It’s a matter of choice. Our choice.
The fascinating thing about attitude is that it is pliable. It can be quickly marshalled to respond to an undesirable situation or summoned in advance to proactively set the stage for success. Attitude is a great tool for finding strength in tragedy, snatching success from the jaws of defeat, and refusing to surrender to the difficult situations life throws at us.
Let’s change our attitudes by:
1. Changing our attitude to one of gratitude instead of complaining and scarcity,
2. Changing our attitude to positivity instead of doom and negativity, and
3. Changing our attitude to trust instead of fear.
Now tell us a time in which you changed your attitude and got better results out of it.