ATTITUDE, AFTER ALL, IS EVERYTHING

You know those people who are always in a good mood and it never fails that they have something positive to say? What do you think of those people? Are you one of those people?

A couple of days ago my friend Mary sent me a story and I thought that it needed to be shared with others as a way to encourage people to choose their attitude daily. It’s a short read.

John is the kind of guy you love to hate. He is always in a good mood and always has something positive to say. When someone would ask him how he was doing, he would reply, ‘If I were any better, I would be twins!’

He was a natural motivator. If an employee was having a bad day, John was there telling the employee how to look on the positive side of the situation.

Seeing this style really made me curious, so one day I went up and asked him, ‘I don’t get it! You can’t be a positive person all of the time. How do you do it?’

He replied, ‘Each morning I wake up and say to myself, you have two choices today. You can choose to be in a good mood or .. you can choose to be in a bad mood. I choose to be in a good mood.’

Each time something bad happens, I can choose to be a victim or…I can choose to learn from it. I choose to learn from it.

Every time someone comes to me complaining, I can choose to accept their complaining or… I can point out the positive side of life. I choose the positive side of life.

‘Yeah, right, it’s not that easy,’ I protested.

‘Yes, it is,’ he said. ‘Life is all about choices. When you cut away all the junk, every situation is a choice. You choose how you react to situations.

You choose how people affect your mood.

You choose to be in a good mood or bad mood. The bottom line: It’s your choice how you live your life.’

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How about you? 

What’s your attitude?

 

 

HAVE YOU GOT A CRAZY ON YOUR HANDS?

Have you got a crazy on your hands with no idea what to do with them? I’ve been there. In fact, I’ve been there a few times over the years. It’s really a crappy place to be, but also a great learning experience and character builder.

You sit back watching as this infectious disease spreads through your company like a raging fire. And as it is happening you’re thinking what in the world am I going to do about this. You’re the nice guy though hoping that things are going to change and everything will turn around. Keep in mind that 90% of the time this never happens.

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ARTISTS ARE JUST AMATEURS WHO CHOSE TO NEVER GIVE UP

Ralph Waldo Emerson, an American lecturer and poet wrote about individuality, freedom, and the ability for one to realize almost anything. Realize almost anything? How about realizing that, “Every artist was at first an amateur”? Emerson actually said this in one of his lectures.

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I feel like we are living in this time where everyone wants to be an artist, but know one wants to be an amateur. What’s up with that? What has happened to hard work, dedication, and perseverance? Have people turned into a bunch of sissies expecting everything is going to fall in their laps without some hardwork?

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LIFE IS LIKE A POOL GAME

Have you ever thought of life as a pool game? Probably not unless you either own a table or you play all the time.

Well here it is, life as a pool game.

First you setup the rack, you get ready to break, you line up your shot and you break the balls with the hope that at least one of the balls goes in. If one of the balls goes in you continue lining up your shots with the hope that you take it all the way to the eight. How often do you take it all the way to the eight? Probably not very often. Most of the time you probably find yourself hitting the balls around trying to get them all in without scratching or hitting in the eight. Is this true?

Now think of your life, how often do you get things all lined up thinking you are going to take it all the way home, yet to find yourself either scratching or hitting in the eight? I know for me I find myself getting all excited about something, get it all lined up and scratch, something goes wrong. Then you get all frustrated and upset that once again something did not goes as planned or as “lined up”. Then you leave with your head down and your tail between your legs.

This is when you get excited. Why? Because this is a great opportunity to walk away with an attitude of bettering yourself. A winning attitude. This is when you collect yourself, refocus, line things up and break into it again.

The goal is to never give up, to keep pushing forward because as James 4:14 says “Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.”

We are all humans some more gifted then others. Yet we all have the opportuity to win the game. What matters most is not that you win the game but who becomes the champion in the end?

Keep racking em, keep breaking em, and you will be sure to come home a champion.

THE DAILY DOZEN

Let me tell you something I learned not to long ago that is helping me stay accountable in managing decisions I have made early in my life. I recently posted a quote by John Maxwell that says “successful people make decisions early in life and then manage those decisions the rest of their life.”

I thought to myself this is great, however how do I hold myself accountable to this and keep it in front of me? This is what we call the daily dozen. The daily dozen is 12 important decisions you have made in your life whether it be early in your life or today. Every person’s daily dozen is going to be different. My daily dozen consists of things like have a successful marriage, pray and keep the faith, have a positive winning attitude, communicate, etc.

Now the goal, after you have your daily dozen is to write these either on a flash card or a piece of paper and then place them next to your bed. Then each night before you go to bed, you go down the daily dozen list and say to yourself did I do something today to manage my (daily dozen) and am I better becasue of it?

The next morning when you get up, you read through your daily dozen list and begin the day managing the decisions you have made early in your life.

The goal is that you are managing decisions that you made early in your life to make you a better person or the person God created you to be.

Do you want to be successful in your life (this can be different for every person)? Then start making your daily dozen today, review it, manage it, and make a difference because of it.