So the title of this blog post is from a book I read at a seminar I attended a few years ago. It seems more fitting after the last week that I’ve experienced while working at my day job. Don’t get me wrong, my day job as a Personnel Officer in the United States Marine Corps is rewarding and challenging. It also doesn’t feel like a “job”. It has become something that I’ve enjoyed doing, especially in the last decade. This quote from Napoleon Hill says it best, “It would be no great overstatement of the truth if we said that mental attitude is EVERYTHING.” A positive mental attitude can get you places.
What does it mean to take responsibility for our attitude?
As I read this question again from the book, I am searching myself for how that just made me feel. Taking responsibility for my attitude can mean a lot of things to many people. For me it is I am responsible for how I respond. So think of this. If I constantly go around and blame others for the car I drive, the money I make, or where I end up in life, then things will turn out to be really hard. In order for things to change, I have to change. No one will make me change. When you recognize this, things will start to become easier to accomplish. Again, I am responsible for how I feel. No one made me feel that way, its just the meaning that I gave to it. So in a sense its a program that I have learned. This happens so my automatic programed response is this. Think about it. You’d probably be surprised in what you find.
How do we create positive attitude habits?
This is a tough one. First, it takes a lot of mental energy to break through your automatic programed responses. Most of your “programs” have been working for you so long that it has become part of your subconscious mind and part of your identity. Is that really you? If not then change it. I hope I haven’t lost you here. Let me explain. Being conscious that you are attempting to change a negative attitude habit will take time with the new positive habit you want to replace it with. Eventually your new positive habit will become your new automatic response. To start you can create two lists. The first list is of habits you currently like and the second is a list of habits you want to create. I’ll share some of mine now.
HABITS I CURRENTLY LIKE:
I budget my money monthly.
I wake up at 5 am daily.
I meditate for 15 minutes daily before I begin my day at work.
I read to my son every night before bed.
HABITS I WANT TO CREATE:
I blog weekly.
I get a laugh out of life everyday.
I give praise and acknowledge to those around me.
I am a podcaster.
I willingly pay the price.
What is the price you must pay for success?
Some of the habits that I want to create came verbatim out of the book I read. The last habit especially is one that I want to create. I am willing to pay the price. My definition of that is giving one thing up to get another. Does it always have to be that way? No, not always. Although, I can give some examples of what I’m referring to when I say “price to pay”. The person that wants to quit smoking and can’t. The person that wants to loose weight and can’t. The person that wants to save money and can’t. These three examples are one that each of these individuals was not willing to pay the price of attaining their goal of not smoking, loosing weight, and having money saved for emergencies. Are you willing to pay the price to achieve your goals?
In The End
The key to action is attitude. So what would your answer be to these three questions? I’d love to hear some of your answers so comment below! Don’t forget to subscribe and drop by my Facebook page and leave a comment and let me know how you found me!
“If you don’t like the way you feel, change it. It is your responsibility.” ~Thomas D. Willhite
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