“It’s not the circumstances that determine who you’re going to be, but how you deal with the problems and pains that come your way.” Taken straight from one of Mat Kearney’s songs, the lyric above proclaims that our circumstances do not have to define our attitude. A colleague shared the following quote with our team this morning, and I found it to be a good reminder of how important a superior attitude is:
The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past; than education; than money; than circumstances; than failures; than successes; than what other people think, say, or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness, or skill. It will make or break a company, a school, a home.
The remarkable thing is we have a choice everyday regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past. We cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is plan on the one thing we have, and that is our superior attitude. I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it. A superior attitude will produce superior results.