Attitude determines our path in life. It affects every aspect of our personality, our relationships, and our work. How we handle life’s occurrences, those little speed bumps in the road, is even more vital than the situation itself. Our reactions reveal our true character.
Attitude is how we view the world, our mental posture. Do we expect the best or the worst? Do we respond negatively or positively? Our attitude will determine our level of success in life, so cultivating a healthy position is crucial.
The difference between a good attitude and a poor attitude is painfully obvious when analyzed. On one side of the coin reside optimism, expectation, and joy. On the other side dwell pessimism, defeat, and misery. These polar opposites are easily revealed, and within seconds of meeting a person, you’ll know his attitude. If you inquire about tomorrow’s weather, a positive man will say, “It’s supposed to rain, which will help the farmers.” However, the person with a negative attitude will declare, “It’s supposed to be wet and miserable.” Same predictions, different attitudes!
No one’s life is trouble-free. We all experience set backs and disappointments, and I’m not suggesting there is a way in which to prevent such occurrences. However, if our path in life is indeed determined by our attitude, what does this tell us? The problem does not lie with our situations. The real problem is our attitude toward these challenges.
* from Chapter 2 - Determine the Real Problem, in "Overcoming Obstacles with SPUNK!"
And something I keep reminding myself as we are now four days without air conditioning...
New one goes in tomorrow and my husband promises there will be icicles hanging from the ceiling by that evening!