Someone once said, a bad attitude is like a flat tyre, you can’t get very far until you change it.
Attitude is an enduring predisposition or a tendency to respond positively or negatively towards a certain idea, object, person or situation. It influences an individual’s choice of action and response to challenges, incentives and rewards. Attitudes represent our evaluation preferences or rejections based on the information we receive.
Two people might be told the same thing in the same tone and manner but surprisingly their attitudes might differ. Take for instance; At a conference meant for thousands of people where everyone is expected to register, someone steps out and addresses the crowd in this manner: Hello everyone! You are all expected to register and anyone who is not fully registered and identified will not be allowed in the auditorium and if you try to wangle your way through, disciplinary measures will be taken against you.
From the crowd, there will be various reactions because of the different attitudes of people. You might hear some people say yes, “we are already on the queue to be registered, that’s what should be done”. The other group of people, on the other hand, could say “who does he/she think he is talking to in that manner, see how arrogant he sounds saying we will be severely punished if we don’t register; I don’t think I can stand this insult” and he/she may leave.
This scenario paints a clear picture of the different attitudes of people in response to the same situation. Instructions, in this case, are for safety and proper record keeping but a person with attitude problems reacts negatively because he/she makes no effort to see the reason behind the instructions.
Positive and negative attitudes are the reason for the different misunderstandings and issues we encounter in life. Attitude reflects character and character reflects who you really are. Our reactions to happenings around us go a long way x-raying the kind of attitude we have built over time. There are people who are never appreciative of any good done to them no matter how big; such people have the attitude of criticism and ingratitude.
Attitudes are fundamental determinants of perceptions and actions towards all aspects of our social environment. How much we like or dislike something determines our behaviour towards that thing. We tend to approach or seek to be associated with things we like, and we avoid, shun or reject things we do not like.
If you want things to be different in your life, the first thing to examine is not your job, circumstance, environment, relationships or income, it is you. Develop a positive attitude towards life. Let the dominant thoughts on your mind be positive. Philippians 4:8 admonishes us to think on pure, honest kind thoughts.
Let’s consider Philippians 2:5 (NLT) “you must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had”.
This simply means that beyond what you do or say, this question should come to mind.
WHAT WOULD JESUS DO OR THINK?
If you are having issues with your boss at work, why not change your attitude towards him/ her. Think of him differently. That might make a difference.
If you are having issues in your marriage, why not embrace a new mindset. That will help you change your attitude towards your spouse.
If you are having issues with your children/Parents, try to see things from a different point of view. It will go a long way in helping you develop the right attitude for that situation.
FOOD FOR THOUGHT:
A POSITIVE MINDSET MAKES FOR A POSITIVE ATTITUDE; SO CHANGE YOUR MINDSET. YOU CANNOT PUT NEW WINE INTO AN OLD WINE SKIN. (Matthew 9:17a)