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CYA … Choose Your Attitude!

Sometimes thing happen life that don’t feel good, we don’t like, or we don’t understand why this had to happen to us.

The truth is that even though we may not like what happened we can always choose how we will respond to that particular situation or event. We choose what we make it mean and what we make it means determines our attitude.

Waking up on the wrong side of the bed is simply another way for saying that you’re choosing a bad attitude. The attitude you choose each and every morning can determine the quality of your day,  your week, your month, and your year.  The average person living in the United States will experience approximately 28,616 mornings. That’s 28,616 opportunities to wake up on the right side of the bed.

American author and clergymen Chuck Swindoll said this about attitude:

“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, the education, the money, than circumstances, than failure, 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 everyday 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% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it. And so it is with you… we are in charge of our Attitudes.”

So what about you, how’s your attitude? Do you choose your attitude or do you give your power away and let someone or some external factor determine your attitude?

5 Things You Can Do To Shift Your Attitude:

  1. Decide: make a decision to choose differently. Remember that you hold the power to determine your attitude. Doing this will bring the power inside of you instead of allowing an outside factor to determine your attitude and your results.
  2. Do something physical, exercise, go for a walk just move! Physical activity can shift your attitude and get you moving forward.
  3. Pet Therapy … in other words go spend time with a pet. If you’ve ever noticed, animals, particularly dogs, don’t walk around with bad attitudes they just want to play. They want to chase a stick and bring it back, they want to play with their friends or the friend at the park they haven’t met yet. Watch them, observe them, you might learn something!
  4. If you wake up in the morning on the wrong side of the bed. Get undressed crawl back into bed and roll over to the other side and get out on that side telling yourself, “this is the side I needed to get out on, this is perfect!”  You think I’m kidding … I’m not! It’s called anchoring and it’s about tying a physical object or activity to a different way of thinking.
  5. Affirmations: before you go to sleep at night, tell yourself that tomorrow you’re going to wake up rested, refreshed , and with an attitude of joy and happiness regardless of what happens!

A  Brooklyn New York homemaker born in 1927 who once described herself  “As an overweight woman, married to an overweight husband, surrounded by overweight friends.” She also said, “It’s choice–not chance–that determines your destiny.”

Jean Nidetch is the founder of Weight Watchers, one of the most successful weight loss programs in the world. Based on her words and action she apparently chose a different attitude one day and started a business that not only changed her life but changed the lives of millions of people around the world! 

So what are you waiting for? You know what you need to do … when will you take that first step?

Maybe you just need to decide that you want an extraordinary life.

If that’s the case … remember that it all starts with your attitude … and that my friends all starts with you!

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I liked the suggestions for changing your attitude, never considered the pet option before. Catching yourself when you need to make an attitude adjustment is important. Building the habit of stopping yourself, taking a deep breath and changing your perspective takes practice.

Comment by Steve Zagata

I have noticed that if I choose a positive response instead of a negative one, not only do I feel better about myself, but it seems that the people around me get better attitudes well. This is, of course, becasue my attitude towards them is much better.

Comment by Ryan Brotherson

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