By: Charles Swindoll
“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 church… a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we 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 the one string we have, and that is our attitude… I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it.
And so it is with you… we are in charge of our Attitudes”
Stress Management and Attitude
By: Jenna Bacchi
What can we do when there is nowhere to turn, but stress is surfacing to our hearts, minds and through each and every pore? We have the ability to make some quick internal shifts to handle the stress.
One thing I’ve learned from being in the army was that things will be the way things are. What I mean is when something wasn’t the way I would have preferred, guess what, it didn’t matter. That’s the way it was. I realized that I would have to make my own internal shifts to handle situations. Really, our freedom lies within our own two ears, in our mind. We can be a slave to our own reactions of the situation, or we can handle it with our attitude. We have the option to step back and realize that our experiences are a culmination of what we perceive, what we think and how we feel.
Easier said than done, right? Not necessarily, that’s a perception too. To say it’s easier said than done immediately puts up limits on our mental capacities.
We are more than capable of managing our abilities to handle situations. Not to say something tragic won’t evoke some very extreme emotions, of course it will, that is part of this human experience. What it does offer is powerful coping skills. This allows to take our own power back, to roll with the punches and to manage the stress of our lives with our own mind.
When it comes to stress management not everything has to be external. It doesn’t have to be a yoga class, meditation, a massage. We can make internal shifts that don’t add more time in our life. We can change our attitude which allows us to change or handle our perceptions of a situation and design that moment into what we want it to be like. We can use our perception to look at the silver lining. This is important because when we’re in meetings at work, we can’t just say, “hold on boss, I’m getting kind of stressed, I need to go do a yoga class, how about we finish this meeting when I get back?”. Life doesn’t work that way, we have to handle stress in the moment, and we can use our attitude and perception to do so.
I’m not saying we shouldn’t have our emotions. What I am saying is we can decide how to perceive our experiences and we can decide to have a positive attitude about how the world is outside of us.
Take a look at your attitude, could it use an adjustment?