Any of you that know me and have talked to me for any length of time know that I am a country girl from upstate New York. And yes, I had a wise and wonderful grandmother that lived to be 104 that imparted lots of sage advice and witty sayings.
One of them was, “No matter how you feel, smile, it’ll work its way in.” . The strange thing is, she was absolutely right. Attitude is everything, not just a big part or an important part, EVERYTHING.
You can work long hours, read more books and get more designations, but if your attitude is negative, well, it rubs off on folks. Your attitude can have an impact on life in ways you may not have even considered. Adjusting your attitude may sound simple, but it’s not necessarily easy.
You may think that you’re being “realistic”, but are you just letting doubt cloud your goals? Sometimes it can even push you into being such a pessimist, even other pessimists will avoid you! Perhaps you are “over cautious” (read fearful) and don’t want to make mistakes, but if you don’t make any mistakes are you really doing anything? Have you really put yourself out there?
Which brings us to indecision….. If you can’t decide where to start or what direction to head in, aren’t you really just letting yourself follow someone else’s decisions, good or bad? Try polishing your decision making skills with deciding quickly what you’ll order for lunch. Then when you go shopping, just get it, without going to ten stores to compare prices and get on with your day. Keep practicing and you’ll get more comfortable and confident, even with the big decisions.
Worrying and complaining tend to be a by-product of attitude in need of adjustment. Worry only about those things that you can do something about. Some things are out of your hands and just need to run their course. Complaining often sounds like whining, but if you simply are honest about your feelings and thoughts there is often a solution at hand. Especially if you come to the conversation with one in mind, focus on the solution not the problem. It can make the world a better place.
Indifference is probably the harshest and most insidious of all attitude killers. Many times we have all heard someone utter “Who cares?” or “Whatever!”, that not only dismisses our feelings or needs, but sometimes our very existence. This causes you to disengage from life itself, nothing to contribute, no solutions or progress. To quote Edmond Burke “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”
So put a smile on your face and go conquer the world….it awaits you with wonderful possibility!