attitude 2 - attitude
Could we change our
attitude, we should not only see life differently,
life itself would come to be different. Life would
undergo a change of
appearance because we ourselves had
undergone a change in attitude.
attitudes control our lives. Attitudes are a secret power
working twenty-four hours a day, for good or bad. It is
importance that we know how
to harness and control
this great force.
Those people work more wisely
seek to achieve good
in their own small corner of the
world . . .
than those who are forever thinking
is in vain,
unless one can do big things.
One ship drives
east and another west,
With the self-same winds that blow;
'Tis the set of the sails and not the gales
That determines where they go.
Like the winds of the sea are the ways of fate,
As we voyage along through life;
'Tis the set of a soul that decides its goal--
And not the calm or the strife.
Ella Wheeler Wilcox
When you look at
the world in a narrow way, how narrow it seems!
look at it in a mean way, how mean it is!
When you look
at it selfishly, how selfish it is!
But when you look at
it in a broad, generous, friendly spirit,
people you find in it.
attitude tells the world what we expect in return. If
it's a cheerful, expectant attitude,
it says to everyone
with whom we come in contact that we expect the best in
with the world. You see, we tend to
live up to our expectations. And others give to us,
as far as their attitudes are concerned, what we expect.
Our attitude is something
we can control. We
can establish our attitude each morning when we start our
we do just that, whether or not we realize
it. And the people in our family--all the people
our world--will reflect back to us the attitude we
present to them. It is, then, our attitude
life that determines life's attitude toward us. Cause
and effect. Everything we say
or do will cause a
corresponding effect. If we're cheerful, glad to be
this miracle of life, others will reflect
that good cheer back to us. We are the kind
people others enjoy being around.
yourselves nests of pleasant thoughts. None of us
for none of us have been taught in early youth,
what fairy palaces
we may build of beautiful thoughts, as
proof against all adversity.
We may build bright,
beautiful memories, noble histories,
treasure-houses of precious and restful thoughts,
care cannot disturb, pain make gloomy, or poverty take
from us. They are houses built without hands,
for our souls to live in.
persuade yourself that
you can do a certain thing,
provided this thing be possible,
you will do it, however
difficult it may be. If, on
the contrary, you
cannot do the simplest
thing in the
world, it is
impossible for you
to do it,
become for you
I believe that if
you think about disaster, you will get it. Brood about
death and you hasten your demise. Think positively and
confidence and faith, and life becomes
more secure, more fraught
with action, richer in
achievement and experience.
The faultfinder will find faults
even in paradise.
Henry David Thoreau
Nothing can stop the
person with the right mental
attitude from achieving his or her goal; nothing on
earth can help the
person with the wrong
Jefferson -- also attributed to W.W. Ziege
|I'll be the first to admit that when I've
failed in life, I've caused my own failures. My attitude
hasn't always been a positive one--I've spent quite a lot
of time in my life focusing on the negative rather than
the positive, the limitations rather than the potential,
what I was missing rather than what I had. I can't tell
you when the change occurred, or where, or how. It's been
a long process, and one that I've had to keep working at
in order to keep it going. I've learned through reading
and watching people and asking questions that my world is
what I make it--I've been blessed with many gifts, but it's
up to me whether I use them or not. If I don't, I'm
pretty much wasting my time on this planet.
I always saw this as something that was so
easy to say, because it was always said by people who had
their acts together, people who had all sorts of gifts
and abilities and who were able to use them. They didn't
know anything about my life, though, and how could they
tell me that I was holding myself back by the way I
thought? It wasn't until one of my students told me
one day that she admired the way I had my act together
that I realized that they were right. Because at
that time, I didn't have my act together--I was fighting
depression rather regularly, I was sabotaging
relationships and friendships because I was afraid of
them, and I was basically miserable.
But in the classroom, I did have my act
together, because I had a different attitude. There, I
had the expertise I needed, and I knew it, and I also had
an obligation to give everything I could to the students.
I always left the depression and the negative thoughts
outside of the classroom because I had to focus on the
task at hand, and focusing on the task gave me a great
deal of satisfaction and kept me--well--focused. It
took me a while (a matter of years) to realize that by
focusing on the negative things in my life, I was
perpetuating them, and as I slowly began to shift my
focus to the positive, I found that life became more and
more positive. Eventually, I became one of the people who
say that it's your attitude more than anything else that
determines how your life goes.
It's not easy, and it's not something that
happens overnight, but I guess in a lot of ways I was
like an alcoholic--it was much easier to focus on the
negative, for then I could blame life for all that was
going wrong. When I started to change my attitude,
I started to see that life doesn't determine who I am or
how happy or unhappy I am--life doesn't care, as Earl
Nightingale says. The world is impersonal. But I care,
and I prefer to be positive and happy. I'm much better to
myself when I am, and I'm much better for others when I
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If you don't enjoy getting up and working
and finishing your work
and sitting down to a meal with
family or friends, then the chances are
you're not going
to be happy. If someone bases his or her happiness
unhappiness on major events like a great new job, huge
amounts of money,
a flawlessly happy marriage or a trip
to Paris, that person isn't going
to be happy much of the
time. If, on the other hand, happiness depends
on a good
breakfast, flowers in the yard, a drink or a nap,
are more likely to live with quite a bit of happiness.
Keep on going, and the
chances are that you
on something, perhaps
when you are least expecting it.
I never heard of anyone
ever stumbling on something sitting down.
Charles F. Kettering
People's rise or fall, success or failure,
happiness or unhappiness depends
upon their attitude. . . a
person's attitude will create the situation he or she imagines.
greatest discovery of my generation is that people can alter
their lives simply by altering their attitude of mind.
Each of us makes
our own weather,
determines the color of the skies in the emotional
universe which we inhabit.
Fulton J. Sheen
Since the human body tends to move in the
direction of its expectations--
plus or minus--it is
important to know that attitudes of confidence
determination are no less a part of the treatment program
than medical science and technology.
|Life is a refining
process. Our response to it
determines whether we'll be ground down or polished
up. On a piano, one person sits down and plays
sonatas, while another merely bangs away at
"Chopsticks." The piano is not responsible. It's
how you touch the keys that makes the difference.
It's how you play what life gives you
that determines your joy and shine.
A stiff attitude is one of the phenomena of rigor
Henry S. Haskins
begins with you, personally.
It is in the way
you look at things.
It is the mental stance you take
as you face your day.
It is finding magic in things.
It is talking with people and discovering their inner goodness.
It is the thrill of feeling a part of the life around you.
of adventure will open things up for you.
The world will
become alive with new zest and meaning.
more aware of the beauty everywhere.
Nothing will seem
Everything will be revealed as having pattern and purpose.
Wilferd A. Peterson
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Enthusiasm is the
element of success in everything. It is the light
that leads and the strength that lifts people on and up
the great struggles of scientific pursuits and of
It robs endurance of difficulty,
and makes pleasure of duty.