Attitude Matters

I have learned that attitude matters in a leader’s life. Attitude can have an impact for good or for bad. It can either positively or negatively impact an individual’s life. It is important to remember that we always have a choice when it comes to the attitude we will have. In fact it’s one of the most important choices we make, to have a positive and good attitude. I have to agree with Chuck Swindoll when he says this about attitude,

“Attitude, to me, is more important than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than success, 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 we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we embrace for that day. We cannot change our past… we cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude…I am convinced that life is 10 percent what happens to me and 90 percent how I react to it. We are in charge of our attitude”

Attitude is important in a leader’s life because it determines,

  • Their behavior.
  • Their influence.
  • Their growth.
  • Their actions.
  • Their perspectives and outlook.
  • Their impact
  • Their relationships.
  • Their situations.
  • Their promotions.
  • Their team culture and environment.
  • Their success.

Since our attitude determines so much of our life then we should daily manage our attitude. This might mean on days we will need to fake a good attitude until it either causes us to start having a good one or until the end of the day. Or determine not to let situations or circumstances impact our attitude. A good way to do this is to remember what Psychiatrist William Glasser says,

“If you want to change attitude, start with a change in behavior. In other words, begin to act the part, as well as you can, of the person you would rather be, the person you most want to become.”

Question: How do you daily manager your attitude?   

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  • I am not a big John Maxwell fan (I know you are but we can agree to disagree) :). But one thing I remember him saying is “Attitude determines Altitude.” Our attitude is going to determine how “high” we fly. I tend to be an optimistic person-maybe even too much at times since I tend to take people at face value and can be naive in that- and try to make sure I spend time with God to keep me looking up and forward.

    • Anonymous

      It’s totally fine you don’t like John Maxwell. I don’t at all have a problem with that. :)Thank you for sharing the quote. Its a good one.

      I also tend to be more of an optimistic person, thinking every one has good motives and desires to do good, which is not the case with everyone. It takes Gods wisdom to have discernment between the two.

      Thank you for reading and sharing.

  • Jamie O’Donoghue

    You’d be more inclined to go an extra mile with someone who was cheerful than with a grouch. Good reminder today Dan.

    • Anonymous

      That is defiantly true. Glad you enjoyed the post and thank you for reading.

  • I LOVE this post, I pray about three things every morning, my attitude is one of them.

    • Anonymous

      I also pray that I would have a good attitude. It’s a good one to pray. Thank you for sharing.

  • Attitude is HUGE when it comes to leadership. I’ve seen both sides of the spectrum – the leaders with great attitudes, even if the circumstances sucked, who were able to push through anything and the leaders who just had a bad attitude and eventually gave up when things got hard. Great post Dan!

    • Anonymous

      Jason, thank you for reading and sharing. I have also seen both sides of this and it’s the leader’s who maintain a great attitude who I want to follow.

  • I think what we fill our minds with will come out in our attitude. If you constantly focus on your troubles or the things that irritate you, it’s not a shock when you feel overwhelmed of frustrated. Likewise, focus on the blessings you have and you’ll be more thankful.

    • Anonymous

      Such a key point Loren!!! The attitude we have comes from what we focus and think about. Its also a picture of what is inside of us (Or our heart). If you want to know the type of person someone is then listen to what they say and look at their attitude toward life.