It’s pretty safe to assume that in some shape or fashion most of us wage war with our own personal problems or obstacles every day. However, what many of us fail to realize is that more often than not, we’ve already decided how the battle is going to end before it even had a chance to begin.
Now, some of you may be asking, how is that even possible? How does that make sense? How on Earth can I lose a battle that I haven’t even begun yet? Well, pull up a seat and let me tell you exactly how. One word……..
“A settled way of thinking or feeling about someone or something, typically one that is reflected in a person’s behavior.”
To put it simply, attitude is a decision, a decision that directly impacts whether or not you’ll be able to produce a solution for any arising problem and more often than not:
The problem is not the problem; the problem is your attitude about the problem.
Still with me? If so, then good!
I can’t STRESS enough the importance of having the right attitude when it comes to your success (and that’s in anything).
I remember a few years back, my attitude at work was put to the test. As I was coming home from logging in a long day’s work, I noticed that my company’s vice president had sent out a mass email to all the employees which basically stated that our company, out of the blue, decided that the workers (who work their butts off for this company) were being ” grossly overpaid” according to rest of the industry and in one swoop changed what we were making by nearly half. (Yep, you read right, HALF) .
According to the new pay structure, I would be receiving nearly half of what I was making prior. Also, keep in mind that this pay cut came exactly one month after the company already initiated a previous pay cut. So, yeah, for two back to back months I was pretty much told to do twice the work for nearly half of the pay. (Just let that sink in for a minute).
Twice the work, half the pay.
Now picture my attitude when all of this was being rolled out to me via email. I’ve got to admit it wasn’t the best. Heck, it wasn’t even close to being the best. I sulked, I moaned, I complained, I did it all. I made a real big stink about it, but, you know what, I did all that and you know what it got me? ABSOLUTELY NOTHING. Zilch, zero, nada (for my Spanish speaking friends).
So after I got all the sulking out of my system I realized I had one of two options. I could either A). continue to sulk about something I had no control over OR I could B). fix my attitude and figure out a way to make this new pay system work for me..and with the help of a few co-workers and my boss, I did just that!
You see because I changed my attitude from “why is this happening to me” to “how can I make this work for me” I was able to come up with a solution that remedied my situation! It was really that simple!
The loudest and most influential voice you’ll ever hear is your own inner voice. That voice can work for you or against you, it all depends on YOU. It can be as optimistic as you want or as pessimistic as you allow it. It can wear you down or cheer you on. It’s all up to you! You hold the power!
Look at the late great Nelson Mandela. The man was imprisoned for 27 years but still managed to keep a positive attitude. When revealing how he managed to achieve this great feat during all his years in captivity his secret was simple.
“I thought continually of the day when I would walk free. I fantasized about what I would like to do,” he wrote in his autobiography. Visualization works well to improve attitude. “
It’s really that simple!
Change your attitude about life and watch your life change!
I hope this helped a few of you out there currently dealing with your own personal struggles and shed some light on how to better face them head-on.
As always, thanks for reading and if you have a second comment below with one time where you’ve had to readjust your attitude to overcome a personal obstacle!
Can’t wait to hear them all!