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Friday, July 30, 2010

Attitude

I stumbled across this quote yesterday, and I found it to be so true!

“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, the education, the money, than circumstances, than failure, 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 everyday regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past... we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude. I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it. And so it is with you... we are in charge of our Attitudes.” ~ Charles R. Swindoll

I think Charles Swindoll has a fantastic point. Attitude can make or break any situation! It's like the phrase "looking at the glass half full/empty". Which are you? People that look at things in a positive light tend to enjoy life more, while negative folks just seem to bring everything down... including the attitude of those around them. Think about it... who would you rather be around?

The funny thing is that attitude can even alter your self-perception. I find that if I'm negative, complaining, or angry... not only am I irritated with my surroundings, or the situation... but I don't even like myself! My perception of myself matches my attitude. But if I'm optimistic, happy, and upbeat, I'm loving life and I like who I am - despite my surroundings or the situation. :-)

Attitude can be everything!

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