Managers tell salespeople their attitude controls their sales. Therapists tell couples to change their attitude, and their relationships will improve. Doctors tell patients we’ve done all we can; now it’s up to you.
All things being equal, the person with the best attitude will win. Other things not being equal, the person with the best attitude usually wins.
You would think that anything that packs this much power would be a subject that is taught from a young age. And yet, if you asked the next ten people you meet what attitude means, you would probably get ten different answers.
However, when you have a good, clear understanding of what attitude is and how attitudes are formed, it will become apparent very quickly that only a small percentage of the population is in control of their attitude.
So, if you’re like most people, you have not taken control of your attitude.
But if you’re not controlling it, who or what is?
If not you, then who?
The media, other people, and the conditions and circumstances of their life control most people’s attitudes.
Of course, that’s not good since attitude has such a tremendous effect on the quality of our lives.
So, let’s talk about what attitude is and how you can use this information to shift any aspect of your life.
What Is Attitude?
Your attitude is the composite of your thoughts, feelings, and actions:
- Thoughts: Your conscious mind can accept, reject, or ignore ANY idea that flows into your consciousness. Any idea that your conscious mind accepts and internalizes (consciously or unconsciously assimilates) has an effect on your physical body, as explained below.
- Feelings: The nature of the idea that you internalize is impressed on your subconscious mind and determines the vibration of your body. Another word for vibration is the feeling that you express. If the idea is negative, you will express negative emotions. However, if it is positive, your emotions or vibrations will be positive.
- Actions: The body, which is the instrument of the mind, is the only medium through which the conscious and subconscious minds working together are able to express themselves.
Whatever idea is impressed upon the subconscious mind MUST be expressed through the vibration of the molecules in the body. When that vibration becomes strong, the body must move into actions that attract people and circumstances that are vibrating at the same frequency.