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Encouragement and Personal Development

A Good Attitude Is Empowering

Dr. Norman Vincent Peale wrote The Power of Positive Thinking  and intimated the cure for nearly all that ails man as positive thought. While this certainly is an overstatement, his philosophy and book has helped millions to gain a better attitude and get more out of life.

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“The only disability in life is a bad attitude.” – Scott Hamilton

Attitude is crucial for success and fulfillment in life. It is one of  the most important things you can learn to master. Your attitude influences your mind which controls nearly all other aspects of your emotional and physical health. Your attitude is what makes the difference between you being a good athlete or an average one; a successful entrepreneur or a failure; a great artist/musician or a mediocre one. Scott Hamilton was no stranger to disability; he was two years old when he contracted a mysterious illness that caused him to stop growing. He was misdiagnosed as having cystic fibrosis and was told by doctors at one point that he had 6 months to live. Diet and exercise cured the problem though Hamilton achieved only a height of 5 feet 2 inches in his life-time. He didn’t allow disability to stop him. In 1981 ’82 and ’83 Scott Hamilton won the gold medal in the World Figure Skating Championships, and won the gold medal at the 1984 Winter Olympics.

And Hamilton is not the only example of men and women overcoming great obstacles in their lives. Think about Helen Keller, blind and deaf from a very young age; President Abraham Lincoln who rose from being a bare foot poor boy from Missouri, to becoming a self taught layer and became our 16th President of the United States. The list goes on and on of people defeating the odds against them armed with simply a good attitude. Conversely, a bad attitude can stop one’s dreams dead in their tracks.
Is there a secret to attaining the great attitude we talk so much about? Art Linkletter said it this way:

“Things turn out best for the people who make the best out of the way things turn out.”

The secret is “forming a habit”. If you want a good attitude, start your day off with positive thoughts and a level of trust in God. Expect the best, knowing that God wants what is best to happen for you. Practice this daily and accept when things don’t go the way you want, it just may be a gift from God.

President Franklin D. Roosevelt campaigned from a wheel chair and won the Presidential election in 1933. He served an unprecedented 4 terms in office from 1933-1945 serving as a handicapped person serving through some of the toughest times our country has ever seem seen including the great depression and the 2nd world war.

Hamilton is right when he says the only disability is a bad attitude. A bad attitude can prevent you from getting a job by acting poorly on a job interview, it can break up marriages and drive a person to use street drugs or become chemically Dependant. A bad attitude can keep a beaten house-wife to stay with her brutal husband till he finally beats her to death; it can keep us all imprisoned to our own bonds of self-limitation if we allow it. It makes us all make bad choices in life which leads to nowhere and can make us penniless pawns of society. Having a bad attitude has a bad ending in store for all who choose that road of self indulgence and self pity which is where a bad attitude always leads in the end.

It is best to make the best of your life, what ever the cards are that you were dealt, and put a smile on your face and brave the day, each and every new day. Greet it with a good attitude and watch the difference it makes. Someone once said life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you deal with it. That is why having a good attitude is so important. Having a good attitude empowers you and when you are empowered you can empower others you meet. Today give it a try and put on that mask of a good attitude. Yes that’s right, sometimes you will have to fake it till you make but in the long run you will see that having a good attitude will get easier and easier until is comes as second nature to you. Today be empowered and decide to face your day with a good attitude!


10 thoughts on “Having A Good Attitude

  1. importance of having a good attitude towards education?
    why do i need to have a good attitude towards my education?
    what impact does my attitude have to do with my education?
    why is my education important in my life?

    thanks for your time

  2. Does any one know of any philosophers who wrote about attitude/having a good attitude?
    or any quotes that i could refer to?

  3. I think your attitude towards your education is very important. TRUE- I don’t really like school. At all. But my oppinion is if you look at the better side of it then you learn a lot more because you are paying more attention.

  4. William James.

    He answered the question “is life worth living” with the wonderful pun, “it depends on the liver.”

  5. What makes a person come across as having a ‘bad’ versus a ‘good’ attitude?
    Sometimes, I am so dog gone tired with full-time work and full-time school, I was wondering if I come across in either workplace or school settings as having a bad attitude. I am just drained and I don’t have that magnanimous spirit and humour I usually have if I feel unburdened.

    Full time work (hour-wise) and condensed to 3 days a week with long shifts
    …and then full time school with a full load of classes and clinicals hours IS

  6. To the “wiseman”: There is no contradiction: full time work is 8 hours, full time school is 12 hours (four 3-hour courses per week). You won’t know this unless you went to college 🙂 and full time work is not 24 hours….someone should be paying you for overtime and loss of sleep!
    I did it when I was an undergrad. My day started at 6am and ended at 1am. When I graduated (2nd class honors) and got another job – I looked back and wondered how I managed to accomplish what I did. Lots of sacrifice, hard work, sweat and tears. No time to layabout and socialise.
    So to answer the question – when you are that busy, there is no time to wonder about attitude. You have a job to do…you do it. You have to study, you go to class, listen and study. Even being tired is a luxury. I remember nights in the lab going home at 3am because I had to get up and head to work for 6am….so don’t worry about attitude…soon it’ll be over and you’ll find yourself again. Right now I’m finishing up a Master’s and it’s part time, with a full time job; and I’m tired all the time…so I still can’t imagine how I did the full time job and school thing…go figure. Was it worth it? Hell yeah!

  7. Bible verses about having a good attitude?
    So, I’m teaching my Jr. High class this Wednesday, and I’m going to be talking about how to have a good attitude during hard times and ordinary situations that test our patience. I thought it’d be a good idea to have some verses for us to turn to during the lesson. Suggestions?
    For the record, it’s a class at my church, not school.

  8. A good attitude is a characteristic of one’s disposition in spite of a problem. It is an attribute that is quite helpful in solving a problem, making life a happy experience, and attracting others of like kind.

  9. I really like what you have acquired here, really like what you are saying and the way in which you say it.

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