“Your attitude, not your aptitude, will determine your altitude.”
– Zig Ziglar
No one else controls your mind and your attitude unless they have your permission. The same goes for uncomfortable situations you may find yourself in. Your mental attitude is the direct result of what you feel and permit to reside in your mind. If you feed it garbage, it will put out garbage. If you feed it positive thoughts, confidence, happiness, and honesty—it will put out these positive thoughts. Feed your mind daily with positive thoughts that will give you the advantages you desire. Keep your mind on the right things.
The most common litmus test for whether someone is an optimist or a pessimist is whether they see their glass as being half full or half empty. From my viewpoint, either way they both have water, right? That is something to be grateful for.
Commit to seeing the positive in every situation. If you have the habit of being negative, it may even amaze you to realize how negative you really are. Start a gratitude journal and take a few minutes every morning to jot down five things you are grateful for in your life. What you meditate on, you will gravitate toward. Choose your thoughts wisely.
It’s been said that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. But nourishing your mind with the right attitude each morning is equally important. How you begin your day controls your day! That may seem easier said than done, especially on busy mornings or during times when you have a lot on your mind. But remember, stress is a part of life. Whatever challenges you are currently experiencing, don’t let them keep you from the life—or the happiness—you want to experience. As William James once said, “The greatest discovery of my generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitudes of mind.” The only place opportunity cannot be found is in a closed-minded person.
Start simple. Think of one thing you can do each morning—if it’s just for five minutes—so you begin the day in the right frame of mind. Ideas include exercise, journaling, or even having five minutes to yourself with your favorite cup of coffee.
When you take the time to start the day off right, it really will make a difference—not just to your happiness, but also to your clients, colleagues, friends, and family. And one thing we know for sure is that we all only have a limited number of days here on earth. Each day we can either find something to complain about, or something to be grateful for. It’s really up to us.