Bright Sun Shining Days

100_0382Choosing a sunny, optimistic outlook or attitude even when things are cloudy, gloomy, and pessimistic

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 probably continue to be beyond our comprehension. Even though we do not totally understand how it works, we do understand the more we control our attitude, the more we control the quality and quantity of our life.

It is 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 can be controlled and influenced by something as volatile, uncontrollable and unpredictable as the weather. This needs to really sink down into the marrow of our bones. Most of us do not have mastery of our attitude. It is at the mercy of weather, wind, and a myriad of other variables that can easily send our attitude into a downward spiral as fast and as quickly as a moving storm.

Perhaps the most important success principle of all is how we perform at managing 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 external conditions are at any moment, then why should we be surprised that we are less than satisfied with where we are in life? If attitude were easy to master, everyone would have a positive and dynamic attitude no matter the weather, what curve balls life is throwing at us, or any hassles getting in our way.

Our attitude is basic and fundamental to where we are in life and where we will find ourselves tomorrow or the next day, or at any time in the future. The adage that we get out of life in direct proportion to what we put into it, hits the nail on the head. The number one thing we can do to dramatically supercharge our abilities, our potential, 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. The achievers and the doers are those who are learning to have mastery of their attitude. It is not rocket science. This is profoundly true and blatantly obvious. The question is do we accept our status quo and vulnerability and do nothing, or do we accept the challenge of mastering 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 gives you control. It is something you must choose to have. It is something that only you can 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

Spiritual: (NIV)

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 more in control of our thoughts and actions and less reactive to them. Those who seem to have it together are those who have good attitudes about themselves and their lives. We will always be limited both in our attitude and our ability to love because of our sinful nature. God enables and leads to having a loving attitude.

Prayer: Help me to overcome my selfish ways and to learn to have a more loving attitude.

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