They say that a butterfly flapping its wings in Africa can impact the climate in Alaska. The butterfly effect, as it’s called, is where small causes can have large effects. Ever get trapped in a room with a mosquito?
When it comes to people, in many ways we’re alike. There is little difference. However, one little difference almost always makes a big difference. That little difference is attitude and the big difference is whether that attitude is positive or negative.
William James said one of the greatest discoveries of this generation is that a human being can alter their life dramatically by altering just one small simple thing – their attitude. And that small change not only impacts your happiness and success, but, it impacts the happiness and success of everyone around you.
The good news is there is no skill necessary to have a positive attitude; it’s a choice, a behavior you choose in order to impact your life and the lives of others in a positive way. The challenge is that it takes, in many cases, a renewed mindset – a different way of thinking.
So why consider an attitude adjustment? Nothing, absolutely nothing, in life has a bigger cause and effect. Your attitude influences everything. It can control the time you get up in the morning, the time you go to sleep at night, what you eat and drink, and the very thought that runs through your head. Your attitude can make you happy or sad, loving or hateful, and in doing so, control your capacity for success.
When you nurture and groom your attitude in a positive way you can influence everyone you come in contact with; your family, your friends, your peers, everyone.
Here is a simple concept — your thoughts direct your beliefs, your beliefs direct your actions. Guard your thoughts carefully – they’re the origin of a positive attitude. Your mind is like fertile soil and your thoughts are the seeds you plant. If you plant crabgrass, don’t expect to harvest magnolias.
It’s said that pessimism leads to weakness and optimism leads to power. With the proper attitude there will be no person or obstacle that can stand in the way of your success and your ability to make a positive impact on others.
Remember, it’s not your position in life that makes you happy and successful, it’s your disposition.