An attitude is an expression of favor or disfavor toward a person, place, thing, or event (the attitude object). Prominent psychologist Gordon Allport once described attitudes "the most distinctive and indispensable concept in contemporary social psychology.” Attitude can be formed from a person's past and present.
Today I am starting my A-Z blog with Attitude. Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve been thinking a lot about my own attitude and why I don’t like it very much. I think most people strive for a positive attitude when they wake up and look for positive things to happen during the day as a result of it. I'm no different. However, that isn’t always the case and probably it’s because of the way someone has treated you from the get-go.
In theory, it should be fairly easy to stay positive right? It’s not when others are trying to beat you down and keep you down. They are the ones with BAD Attitudes.
I both mentally zoom backwards in time and remember my children as babies and toddlers or I zoom forward in time and try to picture the end game of whatever is stressing me out. Or I simply reach out and verbally slap the person who’s causing my attitude to get out of whack. Unfortunately, that rarely works because I then feel horrible for feeling the need to sink to that level and I have a bad attitude for the rest of the day.
Do you ever scroll through face book and see that someone posted an awesome quote that says exactly what you feel but could never put into words? Those quotes always put a positive spin on my attitude, such as:
*“The Only Disability in life is A BAD ATTITUDE” by Scott Hamilton. True.
* Positive Attitude: If you look the right way, you can see that the whole world is a garden” by Frances Hodgson Burnett. Also true.
* A strong positive mental attitude will create more miracles than any wonder drug” by Patricia Neal
*A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it annoys enough people to make it worth while.
True! True! And True!
So with that being said, today I will think and (try to be) positive for the rest of the day.