Thursday 29 November 2012

The impact of Attitude and the power of positive thinking

The longer I live the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude to me is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company, a church, a home. The remarkable thing is you have a choice every day regarding the attitude you will embrace for that day. We can not change the past, we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable... the only thing we can do is play on the one thing we have and that is our attitude. I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it. And so it is with you... because you are in charge of your attitude...

The above is a message one of my mother's work friends shared with her. She printed it out for me and told me to put it on my work wall (where I kept the short cut info for the work I was doing as an at home customer service agent) to help keep me focused with a positive attitude. Not because I had a bad attitude, but because we both embraced a spiritual view of life 15 years ago that expanded our attitude towards life. Through sharing and discussing various reading materials, it has helped us develop a deeper understanding of the purpose of life.

There were many days (weeks, months) when I first started working as a live agent where I was finding it more and more difficult to stay unswervingly positive (dealing with network issues, ever changing processes, angry/irate customers) and that message helped me through the more challenging days (not to mention keeping me in the right frame of mind thereby helping to increase my sales) not just at work but in my relationships as well.


In one of the many books we've shared, it is said "nothing is true except that which is true for you" meaning to me that although we as individuals share a multitude of experiences with others, we ultimately perceive the world around us from an individual point of view.

Our five senses (or six if you subscribe to the idea) responds to various stimuli, the information is transmitted as electrical signals to specialized areas of the cerebral cortex (outer area of the cerebrum) to be processed into sensations such as vision, hearing and touch then the visual cortex (part of the brain at the back of the head) forms an interpretation of the outside world. Like a computer, it is through programming (early childhood development, life experience, education, media, cultural/familial values, ect.) we form models that we use to define the interpretation and as such what we feel is true. It's how belief alters your perception of reality.

The fact that what we see as true can be influenced by so much, helps us decide the positions we take on everything from attitude towards love, gender roles, parenting, religion, stereotypes, politics and work. Remember "Attitude to me is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do...?" I see that to basically mean that we as individuals ultimately define our own truth (even if we're too afraid, ashamed, hesitant) to admit it. We often bend to pressure from the media, our families, our peers, politics, religion or social convention instead of embracing our instincts, intuition, thoughts or feelings, imposing limitations instead of fostering free thinking.

Luckily, we're living in an age where individuality is being celebrated (although oft times at the expense of some cultural values) but it does make us open to the multitude of possibilities. Those that have embraced their individual attitudes rather than just going along with the herd are responsible for everything from the civil rights and gender equality movement, to oiling the machine of progress with the latest invention or technological innovation.


Not at all. As a matter of fact the idea of impressing the subconscious with positive thoughts to achieve success is an ancient principle. Everyone throughout history that achieved greatness, broke barriers and effected change in human society understood this principal. Whether through education or years of trial and error, persistent and focused thoughts achieved results. That's always been the difference between landlords and field hands, generals and foot soldiers, executives and assembly line workers. Plainly and simply, until the mid 20th century, there was no room in the labour force for the dreamers.

Bosses needed solid workers who's only desire was to follow the program of working hard, save their money so they can get married, buy a house, have some kids, grow old then pass quietly and peacefully surrounded by their children and grandchildren. Sounds good doesn't it? Meanwhile, back at the ranch, the rancher's chillin' in his air conditioned mansion, sipping on cocktails with the wife and country club friends debating which private school has the best rowing program, while the non dreamer is stuck in perpetual servitude, too busy labouring and envying the life they're too asleep to even dream about. The few who do dream of a better life are unfortunately surrounded by "realists" 8-12 hours a day, non dreamers so entrenched by the old world programming they seem to make a mission out of helping keep the dreamers heads out of the clouds.

However... the attitudes towards the formulas to living abundantly are changing, but with humanity, change is often slow and difficult, especially when an idea (such as Network Marketing) has been demonized much in the same way so called pagan faiths have been for the last 2000 years... yet, living in the information age, millions of people are embracing what is now understood to be ancient principals as many of these principals were actually grafted into and helped form many of the themes and philosophies that are part of the major religions today.

Faith, unlike ideas are nearly impossible to change. The great thing is that ideas can grow and influence change. One of the many ancient world ideas bubbling up to the surface in the last decade, like impressing the subconscious mind with ideas of success through the power of positive thinking is becoming more popular each day.


We're slowly learning that the things once considered to be out of our hands are (and have always been) firmly within our control. We just didn't know it. Until now we simply didn't have the tools or understanding of how certain principles (ie. the Law of attraction) worked. Everything was in the hands of the Creator, and giving up the ultimate scapegoat who works in mysterious ways has been a near impossibility. Why accept personal responsibility when you can blame the Creator for the things that go wrong in life? Not to say the Creator does not play a role in our lives... Faith, like politics is still a very sensitive subject, so I will draw the line here (although I may do a blog on that another time)

Remember... "the only thing we can do is play on the one thing we have and that is our attitude." Ask yourself a few questions...

Can the power of positive thinking bring changes in your life?

What attitude will you embrace today?

If you live a life of truth, will it be someone else's truth... or your own?

What can you do to use the impact of Attitude and the power of positive thinking to improve your life?

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