I AM YOUR MASTER.
I can make you rise or fall.
I can make you a success or failure.
I can work for or against you.
I control your feelings and actions.
I can make your heart sing with happiness.
I can make you wretched, dejected, or morbid.
I can make you angry and resentful.
I can make you lonely, discouraged or depressed.
I can make you sick, listless.
I can be a shackle, heavy and burdensome.
I can be a prism’s hue, dancing bright and colorful.
I can be nurtured and grown to be beautiful.
I can never be removed, only replaced.
I AM YOUR ATTITUDE!

Insults are like water on the oil-paper of my soul. – Kurt Decoene (after a run-in with Hinduism and Buddhism a few years back )

Happiness is the best facelift. – Diana Krall

How many of us go through our days parched and empty, thirsting after happiness, when we’re really standing knee-deep in the river of abundance?

Learn to laugh now at the things you’ll look back on and laugh at in the future.

You are always with yourself, so you might as well enjoy the company. – Diane von Furstenberg

Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional.

Twenty-five years of study has convinced me that if we habitually believe, as does the pessimist, that misfortune is our fault, is enduring, and will undermine everything we do, more of it will befall us than if we believe otherwise. – Dr. Martin Seligman

Seek out that particular mental attribute that makes you feel most deeply and vitally alive, along with which comes a voice that says, “This is the real me,” and when you have that attitude, follow it. – William James

In order to be big, you have to think big. If you think small, you’re going to be small. – Emeril Lagasse

The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.

Every so often you run into someone whose attitude seems to be “Life sucks, and I’ve been put here to pass on the message.”

It isn’t who you are that holds you back, it’s who you think you are not. – Anonymous

IT’S ALL ABOUT BELIEFS: It wasn’t until 1865 that the Matterhorn was first climbed. Four men in the party died during the descent. It took 30 years and 20 deaths before Everest was first successfully climbed and it was generally considered “Impossible without oxygen.” In 1975, 2 men made it. Mount Blanc used to take 3 days to climb. Last year, a climber did it in 7 hours. Now, athletes actually have a race to the top of Matterhorn, where they start at 2000 feet and run to the peak, up 35 degree inclines at a rate of 1500 meters an hour.

Nature present us with an infinite variety of Attitudes – from gloomy mist to glorious sunshine. Our own moods, whether gloomy or bright, radiate to those around us.

Pride is a personal commitment; it is an attitude which separates excellence from mediocrity.

The currents that determine our dreams and shape our lives, flow from the attitudes we nurture every day.

Watch your thoughts, for they become words.
Choose your words, for they become actions.
Understand your actions, for they become habits.
Study your habits, for they will become your character.
Develop your character, for it becomes your destiny.
It’s not what you get in life. It’s what YOU do with it!
The “Original” Mike Smith

Beware of anger and avoid grievous moods. Rest your head and keep your mind cheerful. – Leonardo da Vinci

It’s not what you eat, it’s what eating you. – Zig Ziglar

Without belief there can be no successful outcome. – William James

To be upset over what you don’t have is to waste what you do have. – Ken Keyes

Both abundance and lack exist simultaneously in our lives, as parallel realities. It is always our conscious choice which secret garden we shall tend.

If your attitude is “When you WIN, rub it IN”, you are doomed to eventually losing.

The man who cannot believe in himself cannot believe in anything else.- Roy L. Smith

How things look on the outside of us depends on how things are on the inside of us.- Paul Cousins

Half my job is keeping people in the right frame of mind. – President Clinton

I always remember an epitaph in the cemetery at Tombstone, AZ. It says: “Here lies Jack Williams. He done his damnedest.” I think that is the greatest epitaph a man can have – when he gives everything that is in him to the job he has before him. That is all you can ask of him and that is what I have tried to do. – Harry S. Truman

Happiness is a perfume which you cannot pour on someone without getting some on yourself. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Happiness is a butterfly, which, when pursued, is always just beyond your grasp, but which, if you sit down quietly, may alight upon you. – Nathaniel Hawthorne

Ability is what you’re capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it. – Lou Holtz

Make your vocation your vacation.

Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood. – Marie Curie

Chase your passion, not your pension.

Take 15 golden minutes making positive affirmations:
At the beginning of each day, take 15 minutes to think about the positive actions you intend to take that day.

At the end of each day, take 15 minutes to think about what happened good that day and what new things you learned that day.

The only real disability in life is a bad attitude.

Where there is an open mind there will always be a frontier.

We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be. – Kurt Vonnegut

Change Your STATE of Mind …
Support … encourage personal and professional growth
Trust … confidence that your team members have your best interests in mind
Accountability … ability to choose how you respond and willingness to live & learn from results
Truth … telling the truth to yourself so that you can tell the truth to others
Energy … the outcome of living the values of STATE and Playing to Win

In life, you can’t control much of what happens to you, but you can control your reaction to what happens to you.

The quality of a person’s life is in direct production to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor.

Nothing in the world can take place of Persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. – Calvin Coolidge

Real knowledge is to know the extent of ones ignorance. – Confucius

The strongest man in the world is he who stands alone. – Henrik Ibson

So long as a man is angry, he can’t be in the right. – Chinese proverb

He who angers you, controls you!

I never practice; I always play. – Wanda Landowska, musician

An uninspiring person believes according to what he achieves. An aspiring person achieves according to what he believes. – Sri Chinmoy

Nothing splendid has ever been achieved except by those who dared believe that something inside them was superior to circumstance. – Bruce Barton

The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.

There is a difference between dedication and commitment. The chicken is dedicated, she lays eggs; the pig is committed, he gives us bacon. Be committed. Be committed to the team, to your goals, to excellence. Be committed to knowing and doing your job better everyday. Be committed, period. Dedication is good, but it always leaves a way to bail out if things don’t go as you had hoped. Commitment is real, it is 100%, it is do or die, you go we go, it is brothers ‘til the end. – Mike West

In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: It goes on. – Robert Frost

Just because you are sitting in the shade of a tree doesn’t mean that the tree isn’t beautiful and that the sun isn’t shining. – Jennifer DeFrance

There are three horses who have never come in win, place, or even show. Their names are Coulda, Woulda, and Shoulda.

Nobody makes a greater mistake than he who does nothing because he could only do a little. – Edmund Burke

Sign of Our Times: Bumper Sticker: It’s all about me.

Everything can be taken from us but one thing; the last of human freedoms – to choose our attitude in any set of circumstances – to choose our own way. – Victor Frankl

Thirty years ago, psychologist and scholar Philip Riff introduced the concept of psychological man who is rapidly becoming the dominant character type in our society. For psychological man, life centers not on the soul, but on the self. He rejects both the idea of sin and the need for salvation, aspiring to nothing higher than feeling good about himself. – Dr. Laura Schlessinger

Caminante, no hay camino. Se hace camino al andat. Translation: Wayfarer, there is no road. You make the road as you go. – Antonio Machado

One’s attitude makes one’s destiny … and vice versa.

COMMITMENT:
Commitment is what transforms a promise into reality.
It is the words that speak boldly of your intentions and the actions which speak louder than words.
It is making the time when there is none. Coming through time after time.
Commitment is the stuff character is made of.
It is the daily triumph of integrity over skepticism.

A mistake in judgement is seldom fatal, but too much anxiety about judgement is.- Pauline Kael

To be upset over what you don’t have is to waste what you do have. – Ken S. Keyes, Jr

You can have a positive attitude without talent and you can have talent without a positive attitude, but things really start happening when you have a positive attitude combined with talent.

To be conscious that you are ignorant is a great step to knowledge. – Benjamin Disraeli

If there is no wind, row.

Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. – Calvin Coolidge

Don’t sweat the small stuff. – Kevin Gilbride, Coach, Chargers

Life doesn’t require that we be the best, only that we try our best. – H. Jackson Brown

A healthy person goes “Yes,” “No,” and “Whoopee!” An unhealthy person goes “Yes, but,” “No, but,” and “No whoopee.” – Eric Berne

The mold of a man’s fortune is in his own hands. – Francis Bacon

Hang on to your humor. Don’t ask for permission, just do it! Make everything fun. – Georgia Ulrich at age 84

The more I want to get something done, the less I call it work. – Richard Bach

As usual, the serious me is working hard, but the real me is having fun! – John Reed, CEO, Citicorp

I’m still a small boy inside. I only got old on the outside. – Stan L. Zundel

Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms – to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances – to choose one’s own way. – Victor Frankl

Fifteen childhood characteristics that sometimes get lost in adults:
Seek out things that are fun to do
Jump from one interest to another
Curious, eager to try new things
Smile and laugh a lot
Experience and express emotions freely
Creative and innovative
Physically active
Constantly growing mentally and physically
Risk often – are not afraid to keep trying something that they aren’t initially good at and aren’t afraid to fail
Rest when their body tells them to
Learn enthusiastically
Dream and imagine
Believe in the impossible
Generally don’t worry about things
Passion
Ann McGee-Cooper – “You Don’t Have to Go Home from Work Exhausted!”

We may affirm absolutely that nothing great in the world has been accomplished without passion. – Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.

The race is not always to the swift…but to those who keep on running.

Enthusiasm is contagious. It’s difficult to remain neutral or indifferent in the presence of a positive thinker. – Dennis Waitly & Remi Witt

No one really knows enough to be a pessimist. – Norman Cousins

The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather in a lack of will.

Pride is a personal commitment. It is an attitude which separates excellence from mediocrity.

Attitudes are contagious! Is yours worth catching?

Be a light, not a judge. Be a model, not a critic. – Stephen Covey

Be what you wish others to become.

He that lacks time to mourn, lacks time to mend. – William Shakespeare

Discovery is seeing what everybody else has seen, and thinking what nobody else has thought. – Albert Szent-Gyorgi

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit. – Aristotle

A person is as happy as he makes up his mind to be. – Abraham Lincoln

We tend to judge others by their behaviors and ourselves by our intentions. – Stephen Covey

Thoughts –> Feelings –> Actions. So, if you think negative, you will feel negative and then act negative, then continue to think negative, and so on. – Hendrie Weisinger

If you’re not playing a big enough game, you’ll screw up the game you’re playing just to give yourself something to do. – John Roger & Peter McWilliams

You are going to spend the rest of your life doing something. It might as well be something you want to do. – John Roger & Peter McWilliams

The willingness to do creates the ability to do. – John Roger & Peter McWilliams

Success is simply a matter of luck. Ask any failure. – John Roger & Peter McWilliams

When written in Chinese, the word CRISIS is composed of two characters- one represents DANGER and the other represents OPPORTUNITY.

Only so far as a man believes strongly, mightily, can he act cheerfully, or do anything that is worth doing. – Frederick W. Robertson

Your attitude determines your altitude.

If you do not believe in yourself … chances are nobody else will.

Nothing in this world is impossible to a willing heart.

Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.

Logic will not change an emotion, but action will.

The difference between a mountain and a molehill is your perspective. – Al Neuharth

Pros are people who do jobs well even when they don’t feel like it.

There are three things that exist only in your mind: worry, doubt & fear.

When it is dark enough, you can see the stars. – Emerson

Do you suffer from “PSYCHOSCLEROSIS” – A hardening of the attitudes?

“It’s a dangerous thing to think we know everything.” – Jack Kuehler, IBM President

I started out with nothing. I still have most of it. – Michael Davis

Are you a SNIOP? Someone who is Sensitive to the Negative Influence Of Others?

Some people develop a wishbone where their backbone should be.

“Luck? I don’t know anything about luck. I’ve never banked on it, and I’m afraid of people who do. Luck to me is something else: hard work – and realizing what is opportunity and what isn’t.” – Lucille Ball

If you’ve made up your mind you can do something, you’re absolutely right.
If you’ve made up your mind you can’t do something, you’re absolutely right.

If I am what I have
And if I lose what I have
Who then am I?
Eric Fromm

All this will not be finished in the first one hundred days. Nor will it be finished in the first thousand days, nor in the life of this administration, nor even perhaps in our lifetime on this planet. But let us begin. – John F. Kennedy

What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

The young sailor at sea was ordered to climb a mast to adjust a sail during a violent storm. He got halfway up, looked down, got dizzy and sick. An old sailor on deck shouted up to him “Look up, son, look up”. Young sailor looked up, regained his composure, and completed his mission. Moral: Look ahead, not back.

Being broke is a temporary situation. Being poor is a state of mind. – Mike Todd

No one can make you feel inferior without your permission.

If it is to be, it is up to me.

Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Do you see difficulties in very opportunity or opportunities in every difficulty?

What you RESIST, PERSISTS. If you take ownership and deal with things that are bothering you, then, in the very process of dealing with them they very often will go away.

You have to do what you love to do, not get stuck in that comfort zone of a regular job. Life is not a dress rehearsal. This is it. – Lucinda Basset

I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn’t arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I’m going to be happy in it. – Groucho Marx

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, the education, the money, than circumstances, than failure, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company …a church …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 play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude… I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it. And so it is with you… we are in charge of our Attitudes. – Charles Swindoll

Don’t become a wandering generality. Be a meaningful specific. – Zig Ziglar

Start viewing the possible as probable. You’ll be surprised at what you can accomplish.

There may be nothing sadder than people who spend their lives talking about what might have been.

What we see depends mainly on what we look for.

Advice from a veteran trapeze performer: “Throw your heart over the bars and your body will follow.”

Remember FEAR can simply be False Evidence Appearing Real.

The purpose of life, after all, is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experiences. – Eleanor Roosevelt

You love what you find time to do.

THINK > FEEL > SAY > DO

The trouble with self-made men is that they tend to worship their creator.

Half this game is 90% mental. – Danny Ozark, Philadelphia Phillies Manager

Self-actualized people are independent of the good opinion of others. – Wayne Dyer

Reality is something you rise above. – Liza Minnelli

Commencement address by Sir Winston Churchill at a graduation ceremony: “Never give up. Never give up. Never, never, never.” – this was his entire speech.

What you THINK about reveals what you ARE. Sometimes we need to do a check-up from the neck-up.

Accept fate, and move on. Don’t yield to the seductive pull of self-pity. Acting like a victim threatens your future.

Strong beliefs win strong men and then make them stronger. — Walter Bagehot

As men become stronger, so do the organizations to which they belong. — Thomas J. Watson, Jr.

It’s what you learn AFTER you think you know it all that counts.

The greatest discovery of our generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitudes. – William James

Of all the things you wear, your expression is the most important.

The Time to be happy is now.
The Place to be happy is here.
The Way to be happy is to make others so.

Attitude Adjuster: When you smile at someone, nine times out of 10 the other person will smile back and you’ve made two people’s days brighter and better.

How you look at a situation is very important, for how you think about a problem may defeat you before you ever do anything about it. When you get discouraged or depressed, try changing your attitude from negative to positive and see how life can change for you. Remember, your attitude toward a situation can help you to change it – you create the very atmosphere for defeat or victory. – Franco Harris, NFL Fullback

Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work. – Aristotle

When the fight begins within himself, a man’s worth something. – Robert Browning

In times of storm, the shallowness of the root structure is revealed.

Your attitude and behavior are a function of your paradigm. For example: It’s Sunday morning, you are enjoying a quiet ride in the subway – no crowds. A man with several children gets on. The children act rowdy, shouting, disturbing others. You become irritated and finally say “Sir, your children are really disturbing a lot of people, I wonder if you couldn’t control them a little more.” The reply comes slowly: “I guess I should… We just came from the hospital… Their mother just died about an hour ago and I guess… I don’t know what to think…. I guess they don’t know how to handle it either…” You have just experienced a paradigm shift that puts the situation in new light. We all see things differently. Similar to putting someone else’s glasses on. We would see things distorted, but they don’t see things that way.

Anytime you think that the problem is “out there”, that thought in itself may be the problem. If it is “out there” then you have no control and you have to wait until it changes.

Some people who think that everything is a nail, are down on themselves because they are not a hammer. They tend to deprecate their own unique talents and capacities to use a chisel or a pair of pliers.

Don’t be so humble – you’re not that great. – Source unknown

It’s a matter of ABC: When we encounter ADVERSITY, we react by thinking about it. Our thoughts rapidly congeal into BELIEFS. These beliefs may become so habitual we don’t even realize we have them unless we stop to focus on them. And they don’t just sit there idly; they have CONSEQUENCES. The beliefs are the direct cause of what we feel and what we do next. They can spell the difference between dejection and giving up, on the one hand, and well-being and constructive action on the other. The first step is to see the connection between adversity, belief, and consequence. The second step is to see how the ABCs operate every day in your own life. – Martin Seligman

Three step solution to depression:
GIVING
ForGIVING
ThanksGIVING

If you THINK you are beaten, you ARE.
If you THINK you dare not, you DON’T.
If you’d LIKE to win, but THINK you can’t
It’s almost a cinch you WON’T.
Life’s battles don’t ALWAYS go
To the STRONGER or FASTER man;
But soon or late the man who WINS
Is the one who THINKS he can.

Everybody has a “hot button”. Who is pushing yours? While you probably cannot control that person, you CAN control the way you react to them.

We have inherited the past; we can create the future.

Eighty percent of success is related to ATTITUDE rather than competency.

Some people see more in a walk around the block than others see in a trip around the world.

Whether you think you CAN or think you CAN’T – You’re right! – Henry Ford

BELIEF creates the actual fact. – William James

Those who complain about the way the ball bounces are often the ones who dropped it.

There is very little difference in people – but that little difference makes a big difference. The little difference is ATTITUDE. The big difference is whether it is positive or negative. – W. Clement Stone

LOW SELF-ESTEEM: Like driving through life with your hand-break on.

Ninety percent of the things we tend to WORRY about we have no control over, so why worry about them?

Anything you dream you can do – begin it. BOLDNESS has genius, power and magic in it. – Goethe

SELF-ESTEEM controls PERFORMANCE/REALITY which stimulate SELF-TALK which reinforces SELF-ESTEEM. This cycle can work positively or negatively and is greatly influenced by the self-talk (“I knew I wasn’t good at –” vs “next time I’ll practice and do better at –“).

Commitment is basically a question of breakfast. Consider bacon and eggs for breakfast. The chicken made a contribution but the pig was totally committed.

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