Saturday, November 04, 2006

The Power of Attitude

From Deadly Emotionsby Dr. Don Colbert - excellent book!

I recently read a short essay on attitude by Charles Swindoll. He wrote:

"Words can never adequately convey the incredible impact of our attitude toward life. The longer I live the more convinced I become that life is 10 percent what happens to us and 90 percent how we respond to it.

I believe the single most significant decision I can make on a day-to-day basis is my choice of attitude. It is more important than my past, my education, my bankroll, my successes or failures, fame or pain, what other people think of me or say about me, my circumstances, or my position. Attitude keeps me going or cripples my progress. It alone fuels my fire or assaults my hope. When my attitudes are right, there's no barrier too high, no valley too deep, no dream too extreme, no challenge too great for me."

Don Colbert goes on to say:

"All deadly emotions, to some extent, derive from our attitudes. And attitudes are something we can control.

You can choose how you will think and feel about any circumstance, event, or relationship in your life. You can choose to a very great extent how you deal with grief, resentment, bitterness, shame, jealousy, guilt, fear, worry, depression, anger, hostility, and all other emotional situations that readily trigger physical responses.

The first step you need to take toward health is to reflect upon your own attitudes. Own up to the attitudes you have. Ask yourself, "Is this the way I want to think and believe?""

Good words.


Lorna said...

good words. Hard to put into practice. My attitude often stinks :(

hugs to you!

Mary Beth said...

Happy Delurking Week via RevGals! I have been checking in on you infrequently and praying for you as you go through difficulties. May God continue to bless you and yours with health and healing - physically and relationally.


Carolyn said...

Mary Beth, thank you for delurking. It is comforting to know that others are out there reading and praying for me. This has been quite a journey, but I have learned so much about the keeping power of the Lord through the trials of life. He is a wonderful God and so very faithful. I'm glad He keeps me!

Lorna, it is wonderful to see you. hugs.

Quincy Rolle said...

Ha, so strange, I was working on something and did a google search for "bride without spot or wrinkle" and came across your blog.

Ended up reading "The Power of Attitude" on your blog, and I have to tell you that profound clarity came to me when you said, "Attitude keeps me going or cripples my progress".

Just wanted to say thanks for the post!