Isn't it strange how one person sees a task as a chore, whereas someone else sees it as a challenge, yet it is the same task?
Isn't it strange how one person sees a task as a chore, whereas someone else sees it as a challenge, yet it is the same task? Attitude controls our perception and installs our passion. It will either make us receptive or defensive.
We generally consider the word "attitude" to be a negative trait, but if you take attitude in the correct context, it can be a very powerful motivator to strive and achieve. Someone with a positive attitude will drive forward taking obstacles in their stride, creating opportunities and changing outcomes. Someone with a negative attitude can create barriers to be defensive and sabotage change.
Naturally in our daily life we sit somewhere in the middle. Circumstances, stimuli and emotions, can all be factors that determine our attitude at any specific time. Being mindful that we have the power to affect our attitude, it will ultimately determine the outcome. It is interesting to consider that we can control our attitude rather than letting our attitude control us. Are we a passenger in our vehicle of life or are we the driver? The choice is yours.
I believe emotion to be a reactive state brought on by what has happened. Therefore attitude is our conscious effort to make something happen. It is proactive and within our control to change the future. Everyone must have a reason to do something, whether that to be through choice or necessity but attitude creates our passion and our desire.
Extract from the book “Understanding The Mirror” written by Mike Bowden pages 149-151 http://www.changingoutcomes.co.uk/
A great quote from the American founder of the Ford Motor Company Henry Ford
"If you always do what you've always done, you'll always get what you've always got" and it is so true. If we want change then we have to change something in our life. If you change one detail then it’s surprising what a difference it makes.
A friend of mine always left home at 8.30am to take the children to school before work. He would get frustrated by the queues of traffic on the school lane. He would then struggle to get parked at the school gates, and then once again fight his way through the traffic to get to work on time. The whole episode was a stressful experience and would put him in a bad mood for the rest of the day.
He decided to change his routine. He began to leave his home at 8.15am, park his car at the end of the school lane and walked the children to school. He enjoyed the exercise and smiled at the other motorists stuck in the mayhem. He would take the children into school, then walk or sometimes jog back to his car, before the onward journey. He would still get to work at the same time, but he felt refreshed and ready for his working day. His mood was different because he did something different.
If you could do just one thing different today, what would it be?
Can you make this a new standard in your life?
Extract from the book “Understanding The Mirror” written by Mike Bowden pages 114-115 http://www.changingoutcomes.co.uk/