Today was one of those days when I knew I wasn’t going to accomplish much. My attitude stunk (and I knew it) and it was standing in my way. If I was going to salvage the day, I needed an attitude adjustment and I needed it fast!
Have you ever felt the pull of a bad attitude, and fell right into its trap, even though you knew it would get you nowhere? We all have. Sometimes it can be hard to admit the only thing keeping us down is our own attitude.
Here’s how my day went: it was raining when my alarm went off so I hit the snooze button—three times—even though I knew I would be late. “This day is going to stink,” I told myself as I jumped into the shower. I reached for my shaving cream but it was gone. “Great, now I’m going to be even later.”
By the time I reached the office, I had already told myself numerous times that the day wasn’t going to get any better and you know what? It didn’t. Just about everything that could go wrong, did. The copier jammed, the Internet went down and a client called to cancel an appointment.
Instead of taking a deep breath and looking at the positive side of things (the client canceling gave me time to fix the copier and call our Internet provider), I decided to wallow in my negativity. The result? More trouble. I left the office having accomplished little and making a lot of other people I work with frustrated and angry.
“What went so wrong?” I wondered on the ride home. After all, everything I’d experienced was a mere annoyance. There really hadn’t been any emergencies to deal with. That was when I realized the only thing that ruined my day was, well, me—me and my lousy attitude.
Had I faced each small issue with a more positive outlook, I could have easily fixed every problem and moved on with my day. Instead, I chose to make my day worse with each obstacle that ticked me off.
While this kind of attitude makes for a bad day, there is a larger problem to contend with. Through your attitude, you could be keeping yourself from attaining the wealth and success you desire.
Make a list of all the things you think are holding you back at work, at home and in your relationships. Now, ask yourself this question: “If I changed my attitude about this, would this obstacle disappear?” In many cases, the answer is yes.
Maybe your boss won’t give you the promotion you deserve. Instead of griping about your boss all day or doing less work, try adjusting your attitude and giving your all, no matter how unappreciated you feel. If that doesn’t work, start looking for another job. It’s all in the attitude!
Or maybe you don’t feel as loved by your spouse as you think you should. If so, try being nicer to him or her. Oftentimes, people don’t give us what we need emotionally because their needs are not being met, either.
Until you can begin to see the world—and your place in it—differently, you’re never going to be able to break through the stalemate and accomplish the goals you have set for yourself. Change your attitude and change your life! Find three things today you can change just by thinking about them differently.
I know that for me, tomorrow is going to be a better day because I’m going to make sure of it! How about you?