The last of human freedoms is to choose one’s attitude in any given circumstance. Victor Frankl
Human beings can alter their lives by altering the attitudes of the mind. William James
Weakness of attitude becomes weakness of character. Albert Einstein
Attitude adjustments are something everyone needs on a regular basis. Our attitude is like the engine in our car or the thermostat in our cooling system. If we do not maintain properly, our engine runs poorly, or our car overheats and we lose our cool. Our attitude is an internal control that helps us to keep focused and oriented. With a proper functioning attitude we can be remarkably efficient in our activities and efforts; and in turn we can have harmonious relationships with those around us. It is important that we keep our attitude in tip-top condition.
Some of us have a very hard time keeping a good handle on our attitude. It can be too sensitive and fragile and get knocked out of off balance at the slightest bump or vibration. When this happens we can get sour, lose control of our temper; get down in the dumps, and all but fall apart. We are like puppets on a string; at the mercy of what others say or do. We do not have control of our attitude.
A sign of maturity and a highly desirable quality is to be able to not only maintain a well-tuned attitude, but to be sensitive to those times when it needs adjusting. It is one thing to be a person who has learned to develop a well-adjusted attitude; it is yet another task to be sensitive to those times when it needs adjusting. No matter how well-controlled we may be, there are times when we get out of whack and need re-calibrating. Ideally, we should be like a high quality thermostat that senses and adjusts for changes in our attitude.
Those who maintain their attitude face life’s challenges with a type of efficiency that is to be admired. This is something we should all seek to master. A good starting point to building a good quality attitude is to be sensitive and conscious of how we think and react to all that happens. We need to be very aware when we start slipping. Alarms need to sound and alert us to adjust our attitudinal controls. Being able to regroup and realign how we are thinking helps us to stay on top of things. If we ignore our alarms or turn them off, we can lose control and will suffer the consequences. Maintaining and keeping a good attitude should be a very high priority.
Challenge: Your attitude needs tuning on a regular basis. Maintaining it should be very high priority. It makes a tremendous and positive difference to your life. Do you easily allow it to slip or turn sour? Be on alert and monitor it continuously and adjust it on a regular basis. If needed, stop what you are doing, remove yourself, take a break; do whatever it takes to fix it. Maintain your positive and good attitude at all costs.
Wisdom: If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due to the thing itself, but to your estimate of it; and this you have the power to revoke at any moment. Marcus Aurelius
I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13
Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. Hebrews 11:1
For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love, and of self-discipline. 2 Tim 1:7
The attitude we have determines much as to what happens to us throughout life. Those who are driven by a losing attitude exemplify lives that are undesirable, ineffective, and disappointing. Having a good attitude is fundamental to successful living. Those that are at the top of successful living have a winning attitude. Those who walk with God have an attitude that is even more resilient and stands above the trials and tribulations of life.
Prayer: Help me to be a good witness and a good example by having an attitude that spreads love and joy.