It’s All about Attitude and Effort
I remember many years ago Robert Schuller saying how “Attitude determines your Altitude”. A positive attitude will help you fly high and achieve great things. A bad attitude will keep you down and hold you back. Right now in today’s world there are so many terrible things taking place, our ability to maintain a positive attitude is being assulted. Read the headlines, watch the news on TV, listen to the radio, we are being bombarded with so much doom and gloom that it can ruin our day if we let it.
Well John C. Maxwell wrote a book Called “Today Matters” in which he offers 12 daily practices to guarantee tomorrow’s success. The very first practice he talks about deals with our attitude. Here’s what he says:
Why Attitude Matters Today
While it is possible for people with great talent or drive to achieve with a bad attitude, it doesn’t happen very often, and it takes an incredible amount of effort. And even if they do achieve some degree of succes, they aren’t happy. And they usually make the people around them miserable too.
On the other hand, even barely average people can do great things when their attitudes are great. In The Winner’s Edge, Denis Waitley observed, “The winner’s edge is not in a gifted birth, a high IQ, or in talent. The winner’s edge is all in the attitude, not aptitude. Attitude is the criterion for success. But you can’t buy an attitude for a million dollars. Attitudes are not for sale.”
Here’s why your attitude makes such a difference as you approach your day:
1. Your attitude at the beginning of a task affects its outcome more than anything else
2. Your attitude toward others often determines your attitude towards you
3. Your attitude can give you a winner’s perspective
4. Your attitude – not your achievements- gives you happiness
5. Your attitude is contagious
Next Sunday, we’ll talk about how you can consciously make the decision to choose and display the right attitudes daily.
Bill Witcher is co-founder of Computer School for Seniors