Having a positive attitude is one of the, if not the most important thing, you can ever have. Statistics say that those who have a positive attitude are more successful in their personal and professional lives. It’s fairly obvious that no one wants to hang around “Debbie Downer”. We all need a foundation built on positive thoughts, feelings and beliefs. Easier said than done, especially when one considers all the troubles, trials and tribulations that are broadcast everyday as “news”. I’ve always been a fan of Zig Ziglar, and was privileged enough to meet him in person. I like some of his “light-hearted” definitions:
Boredom – self-pity in disguise.
Change/growth – the process by which my inside begins to match my outside.
Compulsion – an overwhelming desire to destroy myself in the name of pleasure.
Denial – the ability to suppress the truth long enough to get what I want.
Envy – emotion produced by a belief that another’s good fortune somehow detracts from my own superiority.
Fear – the need to run from the things I screwed up yesterday that I know will ruin my life tomorrow which I refuse to deal with today.
Honesty – a thing I have no problem with until I get honest about it.
Humility – being honestly and sincerely willing to learn a few simple things from other people, having no desire to strangle them in the process.
Love – when listening to you is more fun than thinking about me.
Low self-esteem – a modern psychological term that used to be called “shame.”
Persecuted – the way I feel when I get what I deserve.
Powerless – a human being without faith.
Problems – God’s method of revealing himself to anyone who is interested.
Rationalization – the process of convincing myself I need everything I want.
Self-pity – the door of depression, the fuel of fear, the anvil of anger, and the root of resentment.
Willingness – when I expose myself to the truth and refrain from shuffling the facts.
All humor aside, we should all consider our attitudes as seriously as our most important decision we make in life or the largest purchase/investment we make in our lifetime. After all, it is our attitude that we live with every minute of every day that determines how we feel, how we think and how we act.
A cloudy day is no match for a sunny disposition. ~ William Arthur Ward
Infographic; Happify. https://www.happify.com/hd/how-to-stop-negative-thoughts-from-getting-you-down-infographic
Ziglar, Zig. Life Lifters; Moments of Inspiration for Living Life Better. Nashville: Broadman & Holman, 2003. Print.