We Are Responsible For Our Attitudes

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Daily Synopsis of Maxwell Daily Reader,  by John Maxwell

February 22

Title: We Are Responsible For Our Attitudes

Excerpt From: Developing the Leader Within You

Action Taken Today:  Choose to be responsible for how you view your circumstances.


I was once told by an older friend, in life there’s only thing we have control over…our attitude. He told me if someone mistreats you, getting angry isn’t the result of the other person manipulating you but an internal choice to be angry. It took me a long time to understand what this person meant. Some years later, a sales coach, you know one of those guys who gets on stage telling you how much you need to change “X” or “Y” to become a badass salesman. This guy would often say you have two choices in life you can be happy, or right all the time.

“You can be right all the time, or happy.”

Maxwell’s entry today parallels this idea of attitude. While he doesn’t directly state one’s attitude as a center of personal control, he does allude to this notion.

People who are prone to being upset often blame the rest of the world, or others for their plight. They rarely look at themselves to see if perhaps their individual attitudes or actions caused something negative to happen to them.

We can’t stop the circumstances of life from impacting the ebb and flow of our lives, but how we respond to those external forces determines everything. When we take total responsibility for our attitudes “that’s the day we truly row up.”

Favorite Quote: 

 “The pessimist complains about the wind. The optimist expects it to change. The leader adjusts the sails.”

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