External Forces For 2014
January 21, 2014
It's the new year, and once again time for us to step back, take stock of where we are, and achieve our greatest goals!
Received an e-mail the other day from a friend who was looking for work. He was fed up with where he was for a list of reasons. He described his predicament in an interesting fashion, although it was basically a new version of an old excuse I had heard many times before - and actually had experienced myself!
"I have a great attitude," he began, "but the way they treat me has really brought me down." He continued: "It's like being surrounded by unprofessionalism, and people that don't care ... it's hurting my good attitude and makes it difficult to continue".
ATTITUDE INSIDE OUT
What he was saying was very close to me ... because I had experienced exactly the same thing when I was first starting out in my career. Early on, I found that while I had what was considered by most as "a great attitude," I was attacked for having that great attitude because it "didn't fit in" among others in my job category. Everyone asked: "How could you be so happy in your lowly position?" As if my position should make a difference in my attitude! Every job, no matter what it was, was important as far as I was concerned ... everyone played a part in the success of the operation.
My answer was always the same: "Happiness comes from within, not without." I knew that by maintaining my good attitude, no matter how difficult the circumstances outside of me became, eventually I would break through to a higher level. Seemed like Everyone else around me was going out of their way to make my life difficult and I didn't really understand it at that early stage. Sure enough, the great attitude paid off, while others with similar good attitudes of achievement lifted me up and out of the situation I was in. Ended up, I learned the importance of knowing the difference between MY attitude and what is OUTSIDE of me.
YOUR ATTITUDE, YOUR CHOICE
You choose your thoughts, therefore you choose your mood, and you most definitely choose your attitude. You are not responsible for the attitude of others, and their actions should have no bearing upon your attitude.
While blaming others outside of yourself seems like a convenient way to explain what is going on in your life and career, the truth is that it has no bearing upon your mood, attitude or being -- unless you allow it to. Simply do not allow it to have an effect, and your attitude remains your choice.
By having a great attitude, it will shine out across all of the issues that life throws at you. You will see every problem as an opportunity, be able to solve issues much greater than you even thought possible. Most importantly, your eyes will open to all of the fabulous and amazing abundance that exists in this life. Choose a great attitude ... and enjoy your success that lies ahead!