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What kind of attitude do you choose?

40 Days of Blogging - Day 4

“One of the most important steps you can take toward achieving your greatest potential in life is to learn to monitor your attitude and its impact on your work performance, relationships and everyone around you.”

I grabbed that quote from SUCCESS magazine, and it couldn’t be more true! Attitude really IS everything. And you know what else – YOU choose your own attitude!

So, what kind of attitude do you choose?

Positive, good, happy, uplifting, half-full?
Negative, bad, sad, Debbie Downer, half-empty?

Hmmm – let’s see…clearly one type of attitude will take you far in life, and one will hold you back! The choice should be pretty obvious, yet we still sometimes get stuck in negative-ville.

Case in point: I was chatting with a friend the other day who is going through some troubling times. I reminded her once again that when you face the inevitable fork in the road, if you keep choosing the one that’s causing or exacerbating the trouble, your results will be the same. If you want something to change – YOU MUST CHANGE (your thoughts, your actions, your attitude – SOMETHING!).

Back in 2011, I was wrongfully terminated from a job. And this wasn’t just any job. This was a job I LOVED. I had even just gotten a raise and an excellent review only a few weeks before the horrific day.

When in happened, I allowed myself to cry, vent, contact an attorney, etc. But I literally said to myself a couple days after it happened (still in shock, still crying, still venting, and having just started the legal process), “Stefi – you have two choices: (1) you can either lay in bed and pull the sheets over your head or (2) you can channel that angry energy and start your job search…and do whatever it takes to get out of this slump.”

Attitude is a little thing that makes a big differenceI chose #2 immediately! Again, I was still FURIOUS…and in fact, I still have bouts of anger related to the person and the situation because it was just so insanely horrific (yes, it affected me that much). But, I needed to pay the bills and protect myself emotionally.

A while back (I can’t remember if it was after that situation or at some other time), someone said the funniest thing to me, and it was actually the greatest compliment. She said, “Stefani, you’re the only person I know who can land in a pile of shit and come out smelling like roses.”

I thought, “WOW – thank you!”

Trust me, I have some feelings of negativity at times. I’m human! But, whenever possible, I take the positive approach, and I SWEAR it helps! The type of attitude you have (or project) is truly a CHOICE, and it’s a choice that only YOU have the POWER to choose!

What do YOU think?

  • Do you think your attitude is really that powerful?
  • Have you ever purposely taken a positive view/approach/mindset and seen the effects of your choice?

Tell me about it in the comments below!

Until tomorrow,

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4 comments… add one

  • Amy March 14, 2015

    Love this Stefani! Surrounding ourselves with people who are supportive and have positive energy is soooo important!

    • Stefani Harris March 14, 2015

      Thanks, Amy! You’re so right! We have to surround ourselves with the good energy…AND have a positive attitude! Great point! 🙂

  • Alex March 16, 2015

    This post is EXACTLY the kick in the rear I needed this morning! I am so tired from busting chops all weekend. I crawled out of bed and dragged myself to work. Sitting at my desk I observe myself getting more pissy by the moment. But I am in charge of my attitude – I’m switching to the POSITIVE VIBES channel right now! Thanks girl! 🙂

    • Stefani Harris March 16, 2015

      Amen sister – switch to those positive vibes and keep on truckin’! Hope the move went well!! xo

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