August 15, 2016

How Attitude is a Game Changer, part 3

“Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference” Sir Winston Churchill

Let’s face the facts: for most of us, it would be much easier to list what’s wrong with our lives than what’s right. To counteract that natural tendency, I have put together a table of the pros and cons of my current circumstances. (Actually, the most important “pro” is that I figured out how to make a table in Word. There you go!) I have listed the negatives in brown on the left. The positives are typed in blue on the right:

Ongoing medical problems in my family
Have medical insurance
Chronic illness is not resolved
Daily improvement of the problem
Haven’t been able to work much for years
New job starts this week
Still have a 20-year-old car
Hey, it works!
Not able to buy many new clothes
Have plenty of old ones
Unable to eat gluten
Able to eat lots of other foods
Modest piano skills only
Daily  progress

"Your attitude is like a price tag, it shows how valuable you are."--Anonymous quote

In two recent blog posts, here and here, and I reference the wonderful article, “25 Life-Altering Quotes on How Mindset Changes Everything” on  I would like to share some more sayings from that wonderful piece once again:

“The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude to me is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness, or skill. It will make or break a company…a church…a home. The remarkable thing is, we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past…We cannot change the fact that people will act a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is plan on the one thing we have, and that is our attitude…I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it. And so it is with you…We are in charge of our attitude.”—Charles R. Swindoll
“We can’t escape pain; we can’t escape the essential nature of our lives. But we do have a choice. We can give in and relent, or we can fight, persevere, and create a life worth living, a noble life. Pain is a fact; our evaluation of it is a choice.”—Jacob Held
“Good thoughts and actions can never produce bad results; bad thoughts and actions can never produce good results. This is but saying that nothing can come from corn but corn, nothing from nettles but nettles. Men understand this law in the natural world, and work with it, but few understand it in the mental and moral world (though its operation there is just as simple and undeviating), and they, therefore, do not cooperate with it.”—James Allen, As a Man Thinketh
“I will welcome happiness for it enlarges my heart; yet I will endure sadness for it opens my soul. I will acknowledge rewards for they are my due; yet I will welcome obstacles for they are my challenge.”—Og Mandino

Joyce Meyer
“Always think more about what you do have than what you don’t have.”
We should start our day with empowering thoughts, such as: “I believe that something good is going to happen in my life.”

My Conclusion

“to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.”—Ephesians 4:23-24 (NIV)

Positive thinking often requires an attitude adjustment. In my case, overcoming a lifetime of negativity is taking years. Optimism may be a long road for some of us. Still, we must keep the destination in sight.

Please see more about keeping a positive attitude in my book, Accept No Trash Talk: Overcoming the Odds

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