Does Attitude Really Make A Difference?

What if you discovered something that could possibly affect most every aspect of your life in a very positive way? Would you act on it? Apparently NOT!

There is something that meets that description, and you’re probably already aware of it. You simply don’t believe it! And that’s your choice.

As a professional speaker, I’ve been exposed to videos, audio tapes, books, magazines, and some of the greatest speakers in the business singing the praises of a “Positive Attitude.” I’ve spoken to tens of thousands of people on the subject myself over the years.

I’ve lost count of the stories of actual accounts where “attitude,” good or bad, made a decisive difference in the lives of people from all walks of life.

And most of us have heard the many platitudes which have been passed down from generation to generation:

“Two men looked out through prison bars; one saw mud, the other, stars.”
~ James Allen

“Life is 10% what you make it, and 90% how you take it.”
~ Irving Berlin

“Any fact facing us is not as important as our attitude toward it, for that determines our success or failure.”
~ Norman Vincent Peale

“Your attitude, not your aptitude, will determine your altitude.”
~ Zig Ziglar

And the list goes on and on. Millions of dollars have been generated spreading this message, and numerous studies have proven that your attitude can and does affect your:

  • Behavior
  • Relationships
  • Communication
  • Will to Live
  • Mental Health
  • Aging Process
  • Physical Health
  • Career Advancement
  • Emotional Health
  • Academic Advancement

If that’s true, why do we see so many people demonstrating negative attitudes today? Think about it. Visualize a typical day in your life. As you experience that day, from the time you get up until the time you go to bed, do you witness more people with positive attitudes or negative attitudes?

Attitude is defined as a way of looking at life; a way of thinking, feeling, or behaving.

Of course, there are numerous situations in today’s chaotic environment that can easily lead to a negative attitude. However, it’s also obvious that possessing a positive attitude creates much better outcomes in those situations.

Then why don’t more of us try that approach?

Did you hear about the importance of maintaining a positive attitude while in grade school? … middle school? … high school? … or college? Most of us didn’t, and why not if it affects every aspect of your life? Did you learn about it in Sunday School or from your parents or grandparents? Or did you learn it on your own through trial and error?

Here’s a better question. How are your children and/or grandchildren learning this very valuable lesson? That’s a powerful responsibility for each of us. If you haven’t started as yet, here’s a short, inspiring video that provides you with 7 Simple Rules for Staying Positive.

Try them yourself for a week or two and then pass them on to a member of today’s younger generation. Let’s see if we can make an impact!

About Harry K. Jones

Harry K. Jones is a motivational speaker and consultant for AchieveMax®, Inc., a company of professional speakers who provide custom-designed seminars, keynote presentations, and consulting services. Harry's top requested topics include change management, customer service, creativity, employee retention, goal setting, leadership, stress management, teamwork, and time management. For more information on Harry's presentations, please call 800-886-2629 or fill out our contact form.

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