Have you ever heard the saying, “Your attitude determines your altitude”?
It’s something I always say to young people when I help with the learning-to-work presentations at local schools.
I really believe that our attitude is way more important than many other factors when it comes to both success and life satisfaction.
A great attitude will take you far in life…
There’s always this big joke about hating Mondays, looking forward to the weekend and so on…
But really, that sort of attitude can only see us wishing our whole lives away.
It shouldn’t matter whether we’re tired, in a bad mood or feeling a bit unwell.
Having a more positive attitude towards life in general and especially towards other people, can help everyone feel better generally, and to have a more fulfilling life.
Here’s an example. It’s Monday morning; it’s raining; you wake up late, and now have a long commute in heavy traffic to your first appointment of the day.
It would be really easy to have a negative attitude towards any one of these things.
-Urghhh, I hate Mondays,
-I hate the rain,
-This traffic is so annoying…
Or you could change your attitude and begin to feel more positive about what your day has in store:
-Ah, Monday – the start of a new week
-I’ll make sure I’ve got a waterproof coat before I leave the house.
-Waking up late is not ideal but it’s manageable, and a longer car journey means I get to listen to more of my favourite music/audiobook on my way to work.
You’re still tired; it’s still Monday; it’s still raining.
But, grumbling about these things, to yourself or to someone else, won’t make you or any of them any better.
In fact, it just spreads the misery…
Having a get up and out of bed attitude helped me capture
this wonderful early morning scene last week …
Victor Frankl said, “Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms – to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way”
You can’t change what day of the week it is, what the weather is doing, the traffic jam or how other people behave around you
The only thing you can control is your attitude towards it.
And if you can get into the habit of cultivating a positive attitude, you will have a much happier and more fulfilling life!
As will the people around you.