There’s a lot being written today about how to be great. In fact, there’s a whole movement dedicated to finding your strengths and applying them to the things you do in your life. If you’re not sure about yours, you can buy the book Strengthsfinder 2.0 at Amazon for about $10.
Of course, none of this will matter if you don’t take action on what you find.
There is one magic ingredient that is so powerful it can determine the whole course of your day. It can make it sunny for you in the heaviest of rainstorms. Conversely, it can also make those days when the weather is at its finest seem like a tour through the valley of the shadow of death.
It can also make the difference between greatness and mediocrity.
This ingredient even has the power to reduce stress in your life, help you deal with the problems you will face, overcome the challenges before you, and get along with your neighbors. It can also raise your blood pressure, make you irritable, cause your problems to turn into crises, and make everyone around you hate your guts.
What is this magic ingredient?
What makes attitude so powerful is that it is totally under your control.
When you get up in the morning, you make a choice about what kind of day you’ll have. If you feel tired, that can lead you to gripe about how early it is and that no sane human should even be awake at this hour. Or you can go grab some coffee and savor its goodness and let it warm you up to face the day ahead.
If you don’t like coffee, it might be really hard. There’s always orange juice. Or water.
After you get going, you make more choices based on the ones you made when you got up. If you’ve decided to be mad, everything will have something wrong with it. At least that is what you’ll find because at least subconsciously, that is what you’re expecting. But if you’ve told yourself it’s a great day, even the biggest challenges will turn into opportunities to learn, improve, and maybe even be great.
Attitude is the ingredient that will either move you toward your goals or lead you to scrap them altogether.
It’s your choice.
What will you decide?