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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 that we can do is play on the one string that we have and this string is, attitude. I am convinced that life is ten percent what happens to me and ninety percent how I react to it. And so it is with you…we are in charge of our attitudes.


It is true that your attitude is contagious, so the question is should someone catch yours or avoid yours?

Chuck Swindoll put it this way: “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 or say or do. It is more important than appearance, gifted ability, or skill. It will make or break a company, a church, a home.

“The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace from 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 that we can do is play on the one string that we have and this string is, attitude. I am convinced that life is ten percent what happens to me and ninety percent how I react to it. And so it is with you…we are in charge of our attitudes.”

William James said, “The most important discovery of our time is the discovery that man can alter his life by altering his attitudes.” Perhaps the most extraordinary example of this was that of Dr. Viktor Frankl, who was a prisoner in one of the Nazi death camps. His book, Man’s Search for Meaning, describes how he was stripped of all his worldly possessions, and subjected to every cruel and debilitating treatment man is capable of imposing on another. However, Dr. Frankl decided that regardless of what they did to him, he was going to take charge of the way he responded to those events. He wrote, “One’s ultimate freedom is the ability to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances.”

Keep this in mind and subscribe to the conviction that it’s your attitude and not your aptitude that will ultimately determine your altitude. Take that approach and I’ll SEE YOU AT THE TOP!

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Zig Ziglar

Zig Ziglar

Zig Ziglar was one of the world's most popular and motivational speakers. His humble…

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