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.
But attitude is itself quite neutral and simply means the mindset that we bring to a situation or an interaction. 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.
1. Choose an attitude of gratitude over of one of complaining and scarcity,
2. Choose optimism over doom and gloom, and
3. Choose an attitude of trust over fear.