The expert call it the most important word as far as results we get from life of the concerned. That word is ATTITUDE. It is our attitude towards life which will determine life’s attitude towards us. Let’s face the facts honestly, we shape our own lives and the shapes of them will be determined by our attitudes. Take for an example, a person with a poor attitude towards learning is not going to learn much until they change their attitude. If we take the attitude of we cannot do something, we generally will not do it. An attitude of failure will result in poor ahievement before you even start. So we know then that what we receive in life, what we accomplish or fail to accomplish is done in large measure to our overall attitude. William James of Havard University put it this way: the greatest discovery of his generation is that human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitude of mind. Is it not wonderful that we have this measure of control?
Let’s talk about our attitude towards ourselves
Since it’s the attitude we take towards ourselves that determines our attitude toward the world. We are so familiar with ourselves we tend to take ourselves for granted; we tend to minimise the things we can accomplish, reach and for some strange reason we believe others can accomplish them. There are literally millions of human beings living narrow, dark and frustrated lives. They live defensively simply because they take defensive doubtful attitude towards themselves and as a result towards life in general. Many people are suspicious of and oppose change yet change is the one thing in life on which we can absolutely count. People who stay young at heart all the years of their lives not only welcome change but see it for what it really is; new opportunity and changes for further fulfillment. Attitude is a reflection, a result of a person’s will. It is incalculably powerful, it can bring about marvelous results for us but we need to train it patiently day by day.
Now let’s talk about the attitude of successful people
The top 5% of the people who go sailing through life from one success to another and who even when they fail at something they shrug it off and head right out again. No matter who the person is or what he does, men and women in sales, business executives, people in all the professions, wives and mothers, students, public servants, men and women in the service of religion, working men and women in all fields of endevour. Whatever you find the person doing an outstanding job and getting outstanding results you will find the person with the right kind of attitude. These people take the attitude towards themselves that they can achieve what they set out to accomplish that there is no good reason on earth why they can’t be confident and successful. They have the right attitude towards themselves and towards the things they want to accomplish and because of this, they achieve remarkable things and they come to be called successful, outstanding, brilliant, lucky and other things. Successful people come in all shapes and sizes and widely varying in level of degrees in intelligence, background and so on, but they all have one thing in common, they expect more good out of life than bad, they expect to succeed more than they fail. When you want something worthwhile, take the attitude that there are lot more reasons why you can have it than there are reasons you cannot and set out to earn it, go after it, ask for it and 9 out of 10 you will get it.
How to change our attitude
Our environment is the mirror of our mental attitude. If we don’t like30 ATTITUDE our environment we have to change our attitude first. Life plays no favorites, it is impersonal, it does not care whether we change or not. Adapting a good healthy attitude towards life doesn’t affect the world and the people in it nearly as much as it affects us. It will be even impossible to estimate the number of jobs which have been lost, promotions missed, sales not made, marriages ruined by poor attitudes; but you can number in millions the number of jobs held but hated, marriages which are tolerated but unhappy all because of people who are waiting for the world and others to change towards them instead of being big enough and wise enough to at least make the change themselves. You can easily spot successful people by the way they walk, talk, look and act. You can feel about them when they enter the room. They have attitude of success. The easest way to form an atttitude of success is to act as though you are already successful. Begin now, walk, act and look as though you belong to this group. Actions trigger feelings just as feelings trigger actions. You must first become mentally from the attitude stand point that which you wish to achieve.