July 2013

Yesterday’s thinking got you here. Where will you be tomorrow? 

 

Just think if for just one hour you could choose to have the right attitude, the perfect attitude, the kind of proper attitude that brings out the best in you and the people around you. That would be a great hour!

If you practiced living out that attitude every single day for a week, you’d get better at it. The next week you might go for two consecutive hours.

What if you could do it for an entire day? Now you’re getting good. What if your continuing practice allowed you to string those days together? Could you imagine the kind of compounding results you’d see in your family life, work life, and spiritual life?

You can start this attitude integration this very hour. Today matters!

Here are a few ground reminders to help you navigate the road ahead:

1. Your wealth does not determine your attitude.

I know millionaires with bad attitudes. They are miserable people. They choose to spread their pessimism and dislike to all who come under their dark cloud. Thank God for umbrellas. I also know poverty stricken individuals who have outstanding attitudes. Their lack of wealth does not deter their joy; they bring happiness and a life purpose to many (think of Mother Theresa before she died).

2. Your level of education does not determine your attitude.

Hang out with graduate students: you’ll see what I mean.

3. Your IQ does not determine your attitude.

You can’t do much about your intellectual quotient, but you alone can control your thinking, emotions, and perspectives.

4. Your giftedness or talent level does not determine your attitude.

Gifted perfectionists aren’t happy until everything is perfect. “The winner's edge is not in a gifted birth, a high IQ, or in talent. The winner's edge is all in the attitude, not aptitude.” Denis Waitley in The Winner’s Edge

I’m becoming famous for giving you two small areas to think about or work on, and this month is no exception. THESE ARE YOUR CHOICES! They are not natural and they won’t happen without your effort. Here they are:

Choose to be thankful. There is outstanding academic research that proves that thankfulness and happiness are inextricably related. I first began following this research many years ago after hearing Chuck Colson talk about it. The research continues and the results are undeniable.

Choose to value others. Yes, even the mean people. People matter to God, and they should matter to you. Choose to like people and choose to believe the best.

Here’s a story that illustrates this principle. Two young, undisciplined kids were a nuisance to people on a cross-country flight. The apparently disinterested and preoccupied father was doing nothing. Finally an older lady had had enough. “Sir, will you please do something with your children and ask them to be quiet?” The sheepish man replied, “Pardon. Oh, I’m sorry. Their mom just died. We’re returning from the funeral.” All who heard the comment were touched. The passengers rallied around the young family, entertaining the kids and consoling the dad. When I heard the story it was a reminder to me that I never know where a person has been.

The catalyst for these lessons can be found in the book Today Matters. An even better book that we are reviewing weekly with our staff is The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth.

Today matters. You matter. You’re contribution matters. Your attitude matters. Make it great.

Rob McCleland, PhD.

 


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