Your attitude, my attitude, and our attitude is everything. Gerald Jampoisky, and internally recognized authority in the fields of psychiatry, health, and business, says with a mark of authority that, “Your attitude is everything, and it determines how you experience every aspect of your life.”

Attitude is simply a tendency to respond positively or negatively to a particular idea, object, person, or situation. John Maxwell’s assertion still stands true that, “Life is 10 percent what happens to us and 90 percent how we react to it.” He further says, “Attitudes are nothing more than habits of thought.” Fortunately for all of us, our attitude is 100 percent within our control!

In life generally, people highly successful in business, wealth and other fields tend to advance more and more, while those who aren’t tend to decrease more and more. As a matter of fact, the gap between the rich and the poor is far greater than had been feared. Just eight persons or so own same wealth as half of the world’s population.

Why is the gap between the rich and the poor widening instead of narrowing? A big part of the reason is attitude. Yep, attitude! This really underscores Clement Stone’s statement that, “There is little difference in people, but that little difference makes a big difference. The little difference is attitude. The big difference is whether is it positive or negative.”

People with positive attitude are always more successful, richer, healthier, happier, and more fulfilled than people with negative attitude. Have you had a flat tyre before? Were you able to move from there without changing it? No way! A negative attitude is like a flat tyre. You can’t go anywhere until you change it. 

The millionaires, billionaires, celebrities in sports, entertainment, communications, great parents, and giants in all fields of human endeavour consciously develop attitudes that drive them to the top. People who are wealthy or otherwise successful tend to fill their minds with thoughts, words, pictures and images of wealth, affluence, success, productivity, and solutions  to problems, most of the time. How can we then grow great attitudes?

Hints on Developing Extraordinary Success Attitudes

(1) Start each day with a positive gear, a set of simple routines of taking charge of your mind. Read your Bible, meditate, pray, sing songs, listen to thought-enhancing music or some inspirational things. Just do something worthwhile to start the day in a good mood, to put the right step forward. You can stand before your mirror and say some positive things to the wonderful man or woman you see there. The way you begin the day is likely to determine how you experience and end it.

(2)  Visualize your ultimate goal: Do you have a written vision and mission statement of your life? If not, why not. If you do, read it aloud to yourself, and picture that future. The mental picture of a person certainly sets in motion the mode of his or her thoughts and the mood of his or her feelings. When you see your end from where you’re standing, even if the present terrain looks rough, you’re reinvigorated to carry on. The future I used to see really empowered me and the future I still see still keeps me upbeat.

(3) Smile habitually: Why do children smile from 400 to 500 times a day while adults smile just 50-60 times? No wonder the children’s world is very exciting, positive, and full of success. They always get what they want! Are you not a witness? Smiles really do many wonders.

(4) Surround yourself with positive-minded, enthusiastic fellows: To every person, God has appointed, assigned and positioned vision helpers. They’ll always encourage you one way or the other. Locate and stick with them. Everywhere, there’re also vision destroyers. They’ll always see a bleak future, a hopeless environment, and try to talk you into also seeing and talking same. Don’t let them stick around you and waste your time.

(5) Be grateful both for what is done and yet to be done: A life of appreciation causes you to continue to appreciate or increase in attitude, expectations and results. I encourage you to draw more strength to develop a positive attitude from these great lines penned down by W. C. Fields, Attitude is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than what people do or say. It is more important than appearance, giftedness, or skill.” 

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