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Chapter 15: Attitude

Attitude is defined as the way we think or feel about something. Our attitudes we have right now in the present are made up of the past accumulation of our thoughts and our beliefs. We have the power right now in this moment to start the process of consciously changing our attitude. Shift your attitude to start being an optimistic and positive person instead of being a pessimistic and negative person, and your life will change for the better.


Attitude is either going to take you to your major aim or it is going to stop you. It is in this one little thing that makes all the difference. You can begin to change your attitude by programming your mind with positive information, not negative information which is primarily marketed through mainstream media. It is as simple as seeking out positive information and positive people, and keeping away negative people and negative information in in our lives.




Attitude is an outward reflection of an inner state of mind. We all carry with us an internal attitude of mind that shows itself to the world through our facial expressions, speech, presence and ultimately our actions. Attitude is your inner compass that directs the course of your life. Simply put, have a shitty attitude and you’ll have a shitty life. Have an amazing attitude and you’ll have an amazing life. I’m not talking about external things here, I’m talking about the stuff that matters which is internal. Understand ultimately that it is you who is the marker and creator of your attitude, not the world around. Viktor E. Frankl the famous psychiatrist had this revelation surround by death and hopelessness in a NAZI concentration camp. “Everything can be taken from a man but one; the last of human freedoms – to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.”




When you wake up in the morning, what’s the first thought you have about the day?

When you leave home for work, what thoughts do you have?

When you on the job and getting through the day, what are you constantly thinking about?

When you finish a hard days work, what’s going through your mind?

When you rest your head on that pillow at the end of the day, what are your thoughts about the day you had?


The reason I am asking you the above questions about your thoughts during the day is because thoughts and attitude are one of the same. As an attitude is a state of mind and thoughts make the mind, you can see that thoughts and attitude reside in the same place. When you wake up in the morning, you control the thoughts you think about? You can direct your mind towards gratitude first about receiving another day on planet earth. You can think about how productive today is going to be. When you leave home for work, you can be grateful you have a job to go that provides the life you have and think about what you want out of today. When you’re on the job you want to be thinking about doing your best. When you finish work you want to know that you gave it your best. And at the end of a day when you lay your head on that pillow at night, you know that the day you had reflected the thoughts you carried in your head which in turn created your attitude. Remember tomorrow is a new day and you choose your attitude.




  • A great attitude does much more than turn on the lights in our worlds; it seems to magically connect us to all sorts of serendipitous opportunities that were somehow absent before the change. (Earl Nightingale)
  • A negative attitude wipes out self-discipline. (Anthony Robbins)
  • A pessimist is someone who complains about the noise when opportunity knocks. (Michael Levine)
  • A positive mental attitude is an irresistible force that knows no such thing as an immovable body. (Napoleon Hill)
  • A positive mind finds opportunity in everything while the negative mind find faults in everything. (Unknown)
  • A strong positive mental attitude will create more miracles than any wonder drug. (Patricia Neal)
  • A sunny disposition is worth more than fortune. People should know that it can be cultivated; that the mind like the body can be moved from the shade into sunshine. (Andrew Carnegie)
  • Ability is what you’re capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it. (Unknown)
  • An attitude of positive expectation is the mark of the superior personality. (Brian Tracy)
  • Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference. (Winston Churchill)
  • Attitude is a mental outlook, a frame of mind. It’s how you think based on what you know to be true. (Zig Ziglar)
  • Attitude is greatly shaped by influence and association. (Jim Rohn)
  • Attitude is more important than the past, then education, the money, than circumstances, then what people do or say. It is more important than appearance, giftedness, or skill. (W.C. Fields)
  • Attitude is the most important word in the language. (Earl Nightingale)
  • For success, attitude is equally as important as ability. (Walter Scott)
  • Attitudes are the forerunners of conditions. (Charles Edwards)
  • Being optimistic is keeping one’s head pointed toward the sun and one’s feet moving forward. (Nelson Mandela)
  • Everything can be taken from a man or a woman but one thing: the last of human freedoms to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way. (Viktor E. Frankl)
  • Excellence is not a skill. It is an attitude. (Ralph Marston)
  • Having the right attitude is an essential prerequisite for success and happiness. The right attitude is one of fundamentals of the good. (Jim Rohn)
  • How well we use each day is largely a function of attitude. (Jim Rohn)
  • Human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitudes of mind. (William James)
  • I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it, and so it is with you. We are in charge of our attitudes. (John Baez)
  • If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude. (Maya Angelou)
  • If you want to change attitudes, start with a change in behaviour. (William Glasser)
  • It is our attitude toward events, not events themselves, which we can control. Nothing is by its own nature calamitous, even death is terrible only if we fear it. (Epictetus)
  • It is your attitude, not your aptitude that determines your altitude. (Zig Ziglar)
  • Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude. (Thomas Jefferson)
  • Optimism is an intellectual choice. (Diana Schneider)
  • Other people’s views and troubles can be contagious. Don’t sabotage yourself by unwittingly adopting negative, unproductive attitudes through your associations with others. (Epictetus)
  • Our attitude is the environment we carry with us during the day. It proclaims to be world what we think of ourselves and indicates the sort of person we have made up our minds to be. It is the person we will become. How’s your attitude today? (Bob Proctor)
  • Our attitude toward life determines life’s attitude towards us. (John N. Mitchell)
  • Our attitudes shape our future. This is a universal law. (W. Clement Stone)
  • Our lives are not determined by what happens to us but how we react to what happens, not by what life brings us but the attitude we bring to life. (Wade Boggs)
  • People will always act according to your attitude. If it’s negative, expect a negative response. When it’s positive, you can expect a positive response. Grant Cardone)
  • Recognize the link between their attitudes and their level of happiness. (Florence Scovel Shinn)
  • Since the quality of your attitude can be improved almost without limit, even a person with average inborn attributes and average acquired attributes can perform at a high level if he or she has a very positive mental attitude. (Brian Tracy)
  • Studies have shown that having an optimistic attitude tends to appreciably help people to be productive, to eventually live healthier and happier lives. (Albert Ellis)
  • Take charge of your own attitude, no one can make you happy or sad but you. (Unknown)
  • The attitude is very important, because your behavior radiates how you feel. (Lou Ferrigno)
  • The first opportunity turns away when it meets a poor attitude. (Tom Hopkins)
  • The greatest discovery of my generation is that human begins can alter their lives by altering their attitudes of mind. (William James)
  • The meaning of things lies not in the things themselves, but in our attitude towards them. (Antoine de Saint-Exupery)
  • The more you like and respect yourself, the better you perform in everything you do. (Brian Tracy)
  • The only disability in life is a bad attitude. (Scott Hamilton)
  • The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude. (Charles Swindoll)
  • The winner’s edge is not a gifted birth, a high IQ, or in talent. The winner’s edge is all in the attitude, not aptitude. Attitude is the criterion for success. (Denise Waitley)
  • There is no sadder sight than a young pessimist. (Mark Twain)
  • There is very little difference in people, but that little difference makes a big difference. The little difference attitude. The big difference is whether it is positive or negative. (W. Clement Stone)
  • To keep life fresh you must avoid “hardening of the attitude.” (Zig Ziglar)
  • Weakness of attitude becomes weakness of character. (Albert Einstein)
  • What we know determines our philosophy. How we feel about what we know determines our attitude. (Jim Rohn)
  • When our attitude toward ourselves is big, and our attitude toward others is generous and merciful, we attract big and generous portions of success. (Napoleon Hill)
  • When you change attitude, you change direction. You are not a prisoner anymore. (Zig Ziglar)
  • With the right attitude human beings can move mountains. With the wrong attitude they can be crushed by the smallest grain of sand. (Jim Rohn)
  • You can put either a positive or a negative spin on any event in life. (Napoleon Hill)
  • You cannot control what happens to you, but you can control your attitude toward what happens to you, and in that, you will be mastering change rather than allowing it to master you. (Sri Ram)
  • Your attitude is one of the best indicators of the person you really are inside. (Brian Tracy)
  • Your attitudes are shaped by your culture. (Jacque Fresco)


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