Attitude is an interesting word that has a profound impact on our emotional well being. It can work in our favor or impede our ability to grow and develop. Surprisingly, many people with “good” attitudes often possess an over abundance. Conversely, many people with “bad” attitudes suffer from such significant positive emotion deficit, their attitudes create great self harm.
When it comes to good health, those with GOOD ATTITUDES do what is necessary to achieve the quality of life they choose. They do not place stipulations and terms to achieve their goals. They recognize that life has pleasurable and less than pleasurable experiences; both of which need to be completed in order to attain the goal(s). They don’t focus on or complain about life’s “less than pleasurable tasks or experiences.” They realize and accept their situation and pursue it as positively as possible to make the overall experience beneficial. They understand that obstacles will arise, and that solutions can always be found if their ATTITUDE is based on commitment, patience and perseverance.
When it comes to good health, those with BAD ATTITUDES generally choose to do what they LIKE, yet often WANT and feel entitled to the same QUALITY OF LIFE as the person CHOOSING a GOOD ATTITUDE. They dictate the rules when it comes to following a path needed to achieve their goals. If they don’t like aspects within the action plan, they make excuses and circumvent these aspects in favor of “feel good,” “fun” and enjoyable parts without regard to the fact their objective will likely FAIL. Without the discipline and willingness to include the NECESSARY, but laborious tasks (often dreaded,) those with bad attitudes rarely accept personal responsibility for not succeeding. They tend to point fingers everywhere EXCEPT at themselves. They pursue their mission from a defensive posture more interested in identifying obstacles than seeking solutions. They tend to give up quickly adding additional instances of FAILURE to their “resume” as proof they tried. They claim circumstances in life, once again, interfered with their (less than committed) attempts.
These last two paragraphs provide insight into two types of attitudes nearly every person has the ability to choose between. If we apply these two attitudes to GOOD HEALTH, it appears more people have chosen to accept a BAD ATTITUDE than GOOD ATTITUDE. Rather than using statistical data to validate this conclusion, I choose to use OBSERVATION and REALITY instead.
Are more people following the guidelines KNOWN for increasing the chances of healthier living, or are they making excuses for lifestyles KNOWN for causing emotional and physical damage?
Are more people thinking about LONG TERM NEEDS and FUNCTIONAL BENEFITS or thinking about SHORT TERM WANTS and IMMEDIATE GRATIFICATION?
Are more people HAPPY, FULFILLED and THANKFUL for the opportunities that exist EVERY DAY or DEPRESSED, DISENCHANTED and OVERWHELMED claiming victory if they simply survive another day?
Are more people willing to view obstacles as MOTIVATING challenges that lead to greater self confidence or additional IMPEDIMENTS creating additional excuses for failure?
Answering these four questions provides insight into our ATTITUDES and how our minds process life’s situations.
For change to occur, a person must first become AWARE of their situation. So many people have followed a destructive path for so long, they have lost sensitivity and objectivity to the lives they live. This post gives EVERYONE a chance to sit back, introspect and determine for themselves which ATTITUDE best reflects their current place in life. If a BAD ATTITUDE prevails, (and change is wanted,) it is essential to begin finding POSITIVES in situations that were only perceived NEGATIVELY. It becomes important to keep a DAILY journal and write down “things” to be thankful for. In this journal, SMALL ACTION STEPS (easily achievable) need to be included for the individual to implement EACH DAY. These action steps help reinforce positive feelings through accomplishment; an important emotion experienced in those with GOOD ATTITUDES.
It is important to remember we are “creatures of habit.” Reinforcing this “GOOD ATTITUDE” through repetition will not only help improve an individual’s health and quality of life, but will also help achieve a greater sense of SELF PURPOSE!
IS YOUR ATTITUDE WHERE IT NEEDS TO BE?
IF NOT, DO YOU VALUE YOUR LIFE ENOUGH TO CHANGE IT?