Tuesday with Michael: Attitude is Everything

Michael Gidlewski

You are either the beneficiary or the victim of your attitude and you always get to choose which. 

Henry Ford, a great visionary, recognized the power of optimism when he said “If you think you can or if you think you can’t, you’re right”  If you think you can’t, your self-talk begins to reinforce that message to the brain which than filters out any data that could help achieve your desired outcome.

Conversely, when you think you can and set an intention to achieve a goal or make it happen, your brain starts to filter in data about the opportunities that you never saw before that will help you make your goal.

Ford understood, perhaps better than most of us, how one’s attitude about life determines one’s outcome in life. What you think and how you think determines your level of success. Your outlook determines your outcome.

In fact Attitude is even more important than aptitude.  It is our most important asset.  People who cultivate consistently positive attitudes expect great things in life and work hard for those things and are more likely to achieve them. They live in the possibility. 

On the other hand, people who constantly cultivate a negative attitude rarely live up to their potential.

 According to Paul J. Meyer, founder of Success Motivation Institute, “An attitude is a recurring inclination to react in a certain way or to experience a familiar emotion each time you encounter a particular type of situation.  An attitude is a mental disposition toward events, people, or situations that controls behavior.  Because attitude controls behavior, it becomes crucial to be aware of attitudes to ensure successful behavior”

Your attitude determines the state of the world you live in. It is a complex mental orientation involving beliefs and feelings and values and dispositions to act in certain ways.  It is the foundation for every success and every failure you have had and will have.  

Your attitude will make you or break you. Your state of mind creates the state of your results.  As Denis Waitley said, “If you believe you can, you probably can. If you believe you won’t, you most assuredly won’t. Belief is the ignition switch that gets you off the launching pad.”