attitude - attitude 3

Of all the things
you wear, your expression
is the most important.

Janet Lane


The world has a way of giving what is demanded of it.  If you are frightened and look for failure and poverty, you will get them, no matter how hard you may try to succeed.  Lack of faith in yourself, in what life will do for you, cuts you off from the good things of the world.  Expect victory and you make victory.

Preston Bradley


What many people don't realize is that we can change our attitudes towards life.  It takes some work, but it can be done.  The more we accept other people and their faults and quirks, the less judgmental we become.  The more we decide to share the goodness that's within us, the less selfish we become, and the less likely we are to hoard or hang on to material things.  The more we learn about other people's emotional or physical problems, the more understanding and compassionate we become.  Your attitude is one of your gifts to the world, all day, every day.  What kind of gift do you give?  And is it a gift that remains steady no matter what happens to you?

tom walsh


A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort.

Herm Albright


The principle of life is that life responds by corresponding; your life becomes the thing you have decided it shall be.

Raymond Charles Barker
There is very little difference in people, but that little difference makes a big difference.  The little difference is attitude.

W. Clement Stone


Dream lofty dreams, and as you dream, so shall you become.
Your vision is the promise of what you shall at last unveil.

John Ruskin


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The way in which we think of ourselves
has everything to do with how our world sees us.

Arlene Raven


There are no menial jobs, only menial attitudes.

William J. Bennett


I am happy and content because I think I am.

Alain-Rene Lesage

The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts. . . take care that you entertain no notions unsuitable to virtue and reasonable nature.

Marcus Aurelius
Our minds can shape the way a thing will be because we act according to our expectations.

Federico Fellini
Everything depends on attitude. We are ambitious or lazy, enthusiastic or dull, loyal or undependable, according to our attitude. We get good grades or poor grades--according to our attitudes. Discouragement is an attitude. Lack of industry is an attitude. Failure to follow instructions is an attitude.

Sterling W. Sill
It is easy enough to be pleasant,
when life flows by like a song.
But the person worthwhile is one who will smile,
when everything else goes wrong.

Ella Wheeler Wilcox
A pessimist is one who makes difficulties of his or her opportunities; an optimist is one who makes opportunities of his or her difficulties.

Harry S. Truman
The optimist proclaims that we live in the best of all possible worlds; and the pessimist fears this is true.

James Branch Cabell
No life is so hard that you can't make it easier
by the way you take it.

Ellen Glasgow

That the birds of worry and care fly above your head,
this you cannot change.
But that they build nests in your hair, this you can prevent.

Chinese Proverb



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Ability is what you're capable of doing.  Motivation determines what you do.
Attitude determines how well you do it.

Lou Holtz


Your attitude is your choice.  It always is.  We live in an age that has developed
the art of shifting blame to very high levels, and sometimes we get caught up in
that same tendency.  "Well, if you had my job you wouldn't be so positive."  "If
you had my kids, you wouldn't feel so good."  "If only my boss were different, I
could be a positive person."  In other words, "My bad attitude is not my fault!"
   The truth is, however, your attitude and mine are always our choice.  No matter
how bad things are, no one can force you to have a bad attitude if you don't
want to.  Now that should come as really good news because it says our
attitudes don't have to be victims of our circumstances or of
other people.  We choose our responses.

Mary Whelchel


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 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 percent what happens to me
and 90 percent how I react to it.  And so it is with you. . .
we are in charge of our attitudes.

Charles Swindoll



Everything in the world we want to do or get done, we must do with
and through people.   Every dollar we will ever earn must come from
people.  The person we love, and with whom we want to spend the rest
of our life, is a human being with whom we must interact.   Our children
are individuals, each different from any other person who ever lived.   And
what affects them most is our attitude--the loving kindness they see
and feel whenever we are around them.
   If you'll begin to develop and maintain an attitude that says yes to life
and the world, you'll be astonished at the changes you'll see.

Earl Nightingale


If you expect nothing, you're apt to be surprised.  You'll get it.

Malcom Forbes

Articles and book excerpts on Attitude:

Attitude      the Dalai Lama
Gratitude:  Why and for What?     Bernie Siegel

Is Love an Art?      Erich Fromm

You Control Your Attitude      Jeff Keller

Dancing to Your Own Tune      T.W. Winslow

How Do You Handle a Bad Day?      Robert Taylor

Happiness      Bob Williams

How to Cheer Yourself up When You're Down      Colleen Moulding

How to Develop a Healthy Perspective      Jeff Keller

How to Get More out of Life      Unknown Author

I Can't      tom walsh

The "I Can't" Funeral      Author Unknown

The Key Attitude for Success      Asoka Selvarajah

Live on the Happy Side      Norman Vincent Peale

Preventing Pessimism      Nita Jackson

Put Joy in Your Life--You're Never Too Old!      Susana Bouquet

Shoveling Snow      tom walsh

Simple Pleasures      T.W. Winslow

Sowing and Reaping      Vic Johnson

Keep Track of Your Results      Jim Rohn
Seven Ways to Cultivate a Mental Attitude That Will Bring You Peace and Happiness      Dale Carnegie
Is Your Attitude Worth Catching?     Margo Chevers



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You can't always control circumstances.  However, you can always
control your attitude, approach, and response.  Your options are to
complain or to look ahead and figure out how to make the situation better.

Tony Dungy
Quiet Strength

Some days there won't be a song in your heart.  Sing anyway.

Emory Austin


People seem not to see that their opinion of the world
is also a confession of character.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Worship," The Conduct of Life

There are two types of people--those who come into a room and say,
"Well, here I am!" and those who come in and say, "Ah, there you are."

Frederick L. Collins

Your mental attitude is something you can control outright and you must
use self-discipline until you create a Positive Mental Attitude--your
mental attitude attracts to you everything that makes you what you are.

Napoleon Hill


When you choose to be pleasant and positive in the way you treat others,
you have also chosen, in most cases, how you are going to be treated by others.

Zig Ziglar



Yes, life can be mysterious and confusing--but there's much of life that's actually rather dependable and reliable.  Some principles apply to life in so many different contexts that they can truly be called universal--and learning what they are and how to approach them and use them can teach us some of the most important lessons that we've ever learned.
My doctorate is in Teaching and Learning.  I use it a lot when I teach at school, but I also do my best to apply what I've learned to the life I'm living, and to observe how others live their lives.  What makes them happy or unhappy, stressed or peaceful, selfish or generous, compassionate or arrogant?  In this book, I've done my best to pass on to you what I've learned from people in my life, writers whose works I've read, and stories that I've heard.  Perhaps these principles can be a positive part of your life, too!
Universal Principles of Living Life Fully.  Awareness of these principles can explain a lot and take much of the frustration out of the lives we lead.