Lou Holtz the American football icon said, “Ability is what you’re capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.”
We live in a world of words. Some words mean a great deal to us. Words such as love, health, happiness, success, achievement, joy and ability. These words describe the conditions we all want.
But there is one word that controls them all.
There is one word that describes a condition that will bring us all these things, or keep us from getting any one of them.
It has been called the most important word on earth.
In our language, it is pronounced ATTITUDE. It is a magic word. Once we are grown and on our own, this word actually controls our environment and our entire world.
If your attitude toward the world is good, you will obtain good results. If your attitude is excellent, you will obtain excellent results. If your attitude is just so-so, you will live in a world that is not particularly bad nor particularly good – just so-so.
Now, if you are curious about what kind of attitude you have, a simple test will tell you what your attitude has been up to this point in your life. “Do you feel the world is treating you well?”
Was your answer, good or shitty? I realise that answer will change depending on what’s happening in your world today. But if you pause for a second and take out the things you can’t control you will have your answer.
If the answer was shitty, then you have some work to do my friend. Because that attitude isn’t going to help no matter what your situation is.
Adopting a positive attitude toward life really does affect your life and the people with whom you come in contact. As it says in the Bible “As ye sow, so shall ye reap”.
Being a positive influence means people will want to hang out with you because you lift them up. Being a positive influence means people will be more likely to support you in your endeavours.
If you’re in Auckland right now and own a business your attitude is most likely taking a massive beating. Mine is.
So here’s what I’m doing to maintain a positive attitude. Exercising, pausing for a minute when my kids ask me too and trying to only take in optimistic or fact-based information.
In my case, that’s not watching Squid Games or other violence. It’s not languishing on Facebook and poorly written and spell-checked news sites. It’s following, reading and watching people who are setting and achieving BIG goals.
Remember the data law that says garbage equals garbage out and really monitor what’s going into your brain. Doing simple things like this is the fastest way to change your attitude.
Why not start today.