What is Attitude, Really?

Attitude IS Everything!

Why?  Because attitude influences everything we say and do.  Winston Churchill explained it this way…  “Attitude is the little thing that makes a big difference.”  Another wise man, W. Clement Stone, had his own definition.  “There is little difference in people, but that little difference makes a big difference. The little difference is attitude and the big difference is whether it is positive or negative.”

Today’s message is dedicated to some game-changing attitudes.

Work Ethic…
“If a man is called to be a streetsweeper, he should sweep streets as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry.  He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, here lived a great streetsweeper who did his job well.”
    
– Martin Luther King Jr.

Forward or Backward…
“Whether you think you can, or think you can’t, you are right.”
    
– Henry Ford

Emotional Response…
“People may hear your words, but they feel your attitude.”
    
– John C. Maxwell

Potential…
“Your attitude, not your aptitude, will determine your altitude.”
    
– Zig Ziglar

Choice…
“Everything can be taken from a man 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…
“If you are going to achieve excellence in big things, you develop the habit in little matters. Excellence is not an exception, it is a prevailing attitude.”
– Colin Powell

Relationships…
“Our attitude towards others determines their attitude towards us.”
– Earl Nightingale

You can learn a lot about your own attitudes by looking back at certain actions you took and the ones you neglected.  You can also predict which actions you will take and its probable outcomes by recognizing and understanding your attitudes.  For example, what is your attitude about personal and professional development?  How will this attitude impact your life?  Zig Ziglar would have responded this way…

“You were born to win. But to be the winner you were born to be, you gotta plan to win and prepare to win. Then and only then can you legitimately expect to win.”
– Zig Ziglar

Are You a Pathfinder?

A pathfinder is “one who discovers a way.”  When pathfinders go the way of their discovered path and share it with others, they are also behaving as leaders.

“A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.”
— John C. Maxwell

It matters little, after the fact, how one discovered and claimed the pathway.  Whether it was by reading, observation, listening, experience or by chance, the important part is that they discovered it and are using it, growing it and sharing it with others.  That’s how leaders are born and how they live meaningful lives.  That being said, why leave it up to chance?

CrossAbilities! is on a pathfinding mission that focuses on three priorities:

  • Know the Way:  We build a community of pathfinders who together learn the principles of an honorable, purposeful life.
  • Go the Way: We work hard to master and apply what we learn, holding each other accountable to our goals.
  • Show the Way:  We seek others who desire growth and success and walk with them down the pathway of significance.

If you are a pathfinder, congratulations and thank-you!  The world needs you.  If you are not, you have three choices.  1) You can join a pathfinder community like ours.  2) You can start your independent quest for meaning and significance.  3) You can continue wandering, leaving your legacy to chance and never discovering your true potential.  The choice is up to you.  Choose wisely!

Is the Price Right?

This morning I tuned into “A Minute With Maxwell” and enjoyed John Maxwell’s thoughts about the investments we must make to achieve the goals we want. He used toll roads to explain what we face as we seek to fulfill our dreams.  Here’s what I heard, what I thought and what I learned:

  • “The dream is free, but the journey isn’t.” — John Maxwell
  • The size and value of our dream determines the price we must pay. The bigger the dream, the longer the journey and the greater the price.
  • Like a journey on the turnpike, we have to make frequent stops to pay something and continue our journey. “The day I stop paying the toll is the day the dream stops.”
  • I recall something Zig Ziglar taught me: “…go as far as you can see, and when you get there you will always be able to see farther.”

Zig Ziglar talks about the journey somewhat differently.  He says that “You do not pay the price of success, you enjoy the price of success.”  Playing well in competitive sports comes to mind.  It’s hard work and it’s also enjoyable.  We enjoy competing, winning and playing or we “get off the turnpike.”  The same is true for any of our activities.  If the journey isn’t fun, why are we on that journey?

When it comes to dreams, the question worth asking is this: “Am I enjoying the dream AND enjoying the price?”