A cloudy day is no match for a sunny disposition. William A Ward
Our attitude toward life determines life’s attitude towards us. Earl Nightingale
Nothing is good or bad, but thinking makes it so. Shakespeare
Attitude is everything! Our attitude is created by complex and complicated processes that are probably beyond our comprehension and understanding. Even though we do not totally understand how it works, we do understand the better we control our attitude, the more we can control the quality and quantity of our life.
It seems easier to have a good attitude on bright sun shining days than on days that are cloudy and gloomy. It is really amazing that our attitude is so fragile and vulnerable that it is controlled and influenced by something as volatile, uncontrollable and unpredictable as the weather. This really needs to sink down into the marrow of our bones. Most of us have not learned to master our attitude. It is at the mercy of the weather, wind or a myriad of other variables that can easily send our attitude into a downward spiral as fast as a quickly moving storm.
Perhaps the most important successful living principle of all is how we do manage our attitude, day in and day out, and moment by moment. If we are so fickle and weak that the strength of our attitude is dependent on what the external conditions are at any moment, we should not be surprised by some of the problems and issues that face us in our lives. Attitude is not an easy thing to master. It would be great to have a positive and dynamic attitude no matter the weather, what curve balls get thrown at us, or any hassles that get in our way.
Our attitude is basic and fundamental to where we are in life and where we will find ourselves tomorrow, the next day, or at any time in the future. The adage we get out of life in direct proportion to what we put into it, hits this nail on the head. The number one thing we can do is to dramatically supercharge our abilities and our results is to do whatever it takes to gain control over our attitude. The better we accomplish this, the more dramatic the results will be. The achievers and the doers have learned to master their attitude. It is not rocket science. This is profoundly true and blatantly obvious. The question becomes do we accept our status quo of attitude vulnerability and do nothing, or do we accept the challenge and build a better attitude.
Challenge: Attitude is something you must manage. If you do not, you are only reacting to what happens in your life rather than choosing how you act. You can either act or react to life’s circumstances. Action implies you are in control. Having an attitude that gives you control is something you must choose to have. It is something that you establish. Your attitude needs to be weather resistant and not vulnerable to outside conditions.
Wisdom: Thought is the sculptor who can create the person you want to be. Thoreau
The fruit of righteousness will be peace; the effect of righteousness will be quietness and confidence forever. Isaiah 32:17
You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised. Hebrews 10:36
I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13
The best attitude is based on a spirit of love. It is the power of love that allows us to rise above conditions and be in control of our thoughts and actions and less reactive to outside influences. Those who have it more together are those who have good attitudes about themselves and about life. We are limited in our attitude and our ability to love because of our sinful nature. God will teach, show and enable us to have an increasingly loving attitude.
Prayer: Help me to overcome my selfish ways and to learn to have a more loving attitude.