Let’s face it, we live in largely pessimistic and cynical times. We’re bombarded from every direction with bad news, hateful talk, and anxiety about the state of our world. This is NOT the whole story, though it may seem like it some days. The world around us may be telling us to look at the bad, but you can choose to look for the good.
Much of living a happier, more fulfilling life depends on your perspective and the choices that you make. That's where attitude comes in. Attitude can be defined as: "a settled way of thinking or feeling about someone or something, typically one that is reflected in a person's behavior." Attitude can also be known as your viewpoint, perspective, stance, temper, or inclination.
In a very real way, attitude is everything. It governs the way you perceive the world and the way the world perceives you. Each of us encounters hard times, hurt feelings, heartache, and physical and emotional pain. We also have our share of good times, joy and contentment. The key is to realize it’s not WHAT happens to you that matters; it’s HOW you choose to respond.
Attitude may be the one thing you can most affect that most affects everything else. American philosopher and psychologist William James said, “The greatest discovery of any generation is that a human can alter his life by altering his attitude.” On the other hand, “A bad attitude is like a flat tire. You can’t go anywhere until you change it.”
Here are 5 questions you can ask yourself to help you look for the good:
• What’s going well for you right now?
• What’s right with the world?
• What was missing in your life that you have now?
• What’s the best thing about your job?
• What are your 5 greatest strengths?
Add your own questions and share some goodness in the comments below!
Charles Gosset is a Certified Professional Life and Leadership Coach (CPC) and founder of Full Integration Coaching, LLC. He helps big-hearted people with huge drive lead exceptional lives. You can find out more about him and the transformational services he offers by visiting www.fullintegrationcoaching.com.
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