“Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.” Winston Churchill
I have discovered a secret – well, not a secret, perhaps, but certainly something that many people do not realize. The secret is that Attitude Matters.
Wow, is that it? Don’t we all know that?
Speaking for myself for a moment, I really didn’t always understand that, and can still find myself forgetting.
In the moment of our disaster or despair, it can seem that this is all there is, that there is no bright spot on the horizon and that there is no solution to our problems. But the amazing fact of life is that everything changes, not just the material, but our feelings about them.
Our attitude towards life often does not change the externals to us, we will still be out of a job, alone, sad or lonely. Attitude is such a little thing compared to all of that.
Yet this little thing called attitude makes, not just a big difference, but the defining difference; just look at these two stories.
I own my own very successful business, which takes a lot of work, but is really fulfilling: it’s great not to have anyone telling me what to do. I have a wonderful family and we live in a fantastic house with a pool, and we even have a paddock for my children’s horses. It’s right next to the golf course, and I love nothing more than to go out on an early Sunday morning for a few holes. I have a great life!
I have a really stressful job running my own business and I have to put in a lot of hours; I wish there was someone I could refer to, but as the boss all the responsibility rests with me. I can’t relax because I have a huge mortgage on a big house. There is also a lot of costs involved, not only with the house, but the pool and a paddock for my children’s horses. I love to play golf, but can only manage to get out early on a Sunday morning, when I’m already exhausted from working all week. I have a terrible life!
These two stories could be told by the same person, the facts are the same. The difference is in the attitude of the teller.
Is it a shame that I only get to play golf on Sunday mornings, or is it a blessing that I can play golf every Sunday morning?
Is it wonderful that I have a big house, or terrible that I have a huge mortgage?
Is the glass half full, or half empty?
The answer is simple – both are true, but how you feel is dependent on your attitude.
And whilst there may be little one can do to change the dynamics of the world, there is a lot one can do about one’s attitude.