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Choose Your Attitude

It is during our most difficult times that our ability to cope and our emotional strength is put to the test. Difficult times challenge us to choose what our attitude about the situation will be. It is during these times that we must be willing to look at the situation as an outsider looking in, we must know what our non-negotiable values are, and we must be courageous enough to recognize when we need to make changes. When it comes to dealing with stressors, changes, or hurdles that we never expected to have to face, if we can choose the right attitude there is hope. "Everything can be taken from a man but--the last of the human freedoms--to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one's way" Frankl. In other words, in all situations, no matter how desperate they may appear or actually be, you always have the ultimate freedom to choose your attitude.

Attitude can be defined as our response to people, places, things, or events in life. It can be referred to as a person’s viewpoint, mindset, beliefs, etc. Our attitude towards people, places, things, or situations determines the choices that we make. The fact is that everyone will have to navigate through difficult situations. What's important to remember is that each one of us has the power to choose how to tackle the difficult situations.

Our attitude is a choice. No one else can choose your attitude but you. Whether you choose to allow that incident on the highway to affect you negatively or you choose to let it go and be grateful for having safely made it to your destination. Whether you choose to let a rainy day ruin your party or choose to party in the rain. Your attitude about each situation is your choice.

Don't misunderstand what I'm trying to say. Exercising your power to choose your attitude does not mean that you will not experience disappointment or hurt. What it does mean is that you will choose the attitude with which you would like to navigate each situation. Instead of reacting in a negative way without any thought of how that attitude will affect the rest or your day, you can exercise your freedom to choose your attitude so that you may have a positive outcome.

3 Ways to Choose Your Attitude

  1. Check your attitude throughout the day. Notice triggering situations and be prepared to challenge the reason(s) you are experiencing a negative attitude.

  2. Plan for situations that test you. If you know that you will be in a situation that usually brings out the worst in you or cause negative thoughts, prepare by working on how you will tackle those negative thoughts.

  3. Practice writing down what you are grateful for each day. Taking time each morning to write down at least 10 things you are grateful for will set the stage for a positive attitude the rest of the day.

Live the life you want. Choose your attitude.

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