This is nothing new, but it needs to be repeated from time to time. For some of us it should be repeated daily: your attitude has as much to do with how well you do in life as it is determined by how well you think you can do. In other words, your attitude determines your altitude and the dreams you are able to reach. How much of your own dream maker are you?
Your mind controls how you react to everyday occurrences as well as the extraordinary circumstances in life. To know this is true you only have to look at the news. You hear about people who actually box themselves into confined spaces of their own creation. These are people who succumb to things like road rage or they are people who blame everyone else for their circumstances including getting fired or some other adverse action. To some extent there may be actions on another’s part that helped to create circumstances, but people who blame others or who react negatively ultimately box themselves in by their reactions and the poor choices they make in response to the bad situation.
Instead, looking at life’s situations and determining how a negative will become a positive is the route to rising above circumstances that could cause us all to remain stagnant, stilted and defeated. There are times when even individuals who normally view life from the positive, if faced with adversity, may succumb to a negative view of life. And in life there will be the negative. But it is up to you to “fix your thoughts…” as it is said in Philippians 4:8. It is the best advice that anyone can follow. Where your thoughts lead, is where you will end up in response to the circumstances you find yourself in.
If you are starting a new business, a new job, a new relationship, you can either believe in your endeavor or you will find all the reasons that what you are attempting will fail. If you read Revelations you find an example of how much an attitude determines actions. Verse 18:1 says, “After all this I saw another angel come down from heaven with a great authority, and the earth grew bright with his splendor.” Consider that John knew absolutely nothing about the angel, but the angel’s authority was in his attitude. His positive belief in his absolute right to command the situation clearly validated his right to do so.
A negative attitude is a block to achieving what you want from life. Bad or negative attitudes are often the incubators of a poor life, complete with poor decisions. Again, consider the driver who allows road rage (bad attitude) to overtake him or her and consequently decides to chase down the driver (bad choice) he felt had cut him off or committed some other offense. It rarely ends well for either driver.
Adopting a positive attitude can only help you soar. It is the means to overcome any limiting circumstances you face and such an attitude will carry you far.
“No pessimist ever discovered the secrets of the stars, or sailed to an uncharted land, or opened a new heaven to the human spirit.” Helen Keller
What can you do to have a positive attitude? Here are a few suggestions:
Spend a moment in reflection. Do you think your attitude has anything to do with your current circumstances or has any impact on your future?
Until next time, continue to take steps of excellency and you will leave behind a trail of greatness.
Ashley Lounds Brooks