Sunday, May 03, 2009

Determine the Real Problem

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!


  1. You're so right, Diane. I can easily thing of example in my life of each side of the equation. My goal is to be more like the positive example.


  2. AnonymousMay 03, 2009

    I wholeheartedly agree with you. One of my favorite motivational speakers/coaches is Paul J Meyer. He has a CD with a picture of him standing at age 70 on top of a mountain he just climbed holding up a banner that reads, "Attitude is Everything!"

  3. I do sort of gratitude mantras during the day. They're great attitude boosters!

  4. AnonymousMay 03, 2009

    Amen. And AC. Been there done that. At least it's not August!


  5. I think it's amazing how you can tell whether someone has a positive attitude from the moment you meet them. It really shines through.