August 5, 2016

How Attitude is a Game Changer



It’s common knowledge that royalty, Hollywood stars, and Wall Street tycoons aren’t always content and well-adjusted. If money and popularity could guarantee happiness, we wouldn’t hear about so many problems among “successful” people:

  • Divorce
  • Dysfunctional relationships
  • Legal problems
  • Family tragedies
  • Financial challenges

On the other hand, I have met quite a few stable people who live just above the poverty level. What is the difference? Their attitude. It’s that simple.

Recently, a friend shared an article entitled, “25 Life-Altering Quotes on How Mindset Changes Everything” , from Movemequotes.com.  I would like to share excerpts from that article, as well as my own related research, today:

Quotes From the Article

“It all starts with the mind. Regardless of your circumstances or your given set of challenges, your mind holds within it the power to make any and all experiences painful, stressful, and depressing or pleasurable, opportunistic, and enlightening. Your growth potential from each given circumstance and challenge is only limited by your imagination and mindset.”
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“If you want to live in a happier world, think of ways to make people smile more often.”
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“While positive thinking doesn’t always work, negative thinking, unfortunately, almost always does.”—Gary Mack


Oprah Winfrey

The current “Queen of all Media”, the richest African-American of the 20th century, was born into poverty and hardship. She was raised by a single mother in rural Mississippi and inner-city Milwaukee, Wisconsin. What does she have to say about attitude?

“Live your life as the underdog and make your rise to the top all the more inspiring.”—Oprah Winfrey (Quoted in the article)

Hamlet

Shakespeare’s Danish prince’s clueless college friends, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, visit him at court. He tells them that he feels greatly restricted in his lifestyle. (The reader knows that Hamlet is dealing with family tragedy.) They wonder how a pampered prince can feel that way, and they say the country doesn’t feel like a prison to them. This is Hamlet’s reply:  

Why then, ‘tis none to you, for there is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.”—Hamlet Act 2, Scene 2

Nelson Mandela

He is the deceased, groundbreaking South African statesman who led his country out of the dark days of apartheid (government-sanctioned racism). The “Father of the Nation” was the first black chief executive officer, and the first person to be elected in a fully representative democratic election. However, his road to success was rocky. He was arrested multiple times, and spent 27 years in three different prisons.  The conditions were horrific. Despite it all, he kept a great attitude:

“I am fundamentally an optimist. Whether that comes from nature or nurture, I cannot say. Part of being optimistic is keeping one’s head pointed toward the sun, one’s feet moving forward. There were many dark moments when my faith in humanity was sorely tested, but I would not and could not give myself up to despair. That way lies defeat and death.”—Nelson Mandela

My Conclusion

“Attitude is everything. Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.”—Charles R. Swindell

“All the days of the afflicted are bad, but a cheerful heart has a continual feast.” Proverbs 15:15 (NASB)


It doesn’t matter if we’re born into poverty or pampered royalty; there are always obstacles to overcome. Only determination can get us through the challenges that life throws at every one of us.

Please see more about people who refused to stay stuck in adverse circumstances in my book, Accept No Trash Talk: Overcoming the Odds.

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How have you set your mind for success?