Your Attitude Determines Your Altitude (And Your Attitude is A Choice)
Think about the happiest or most successful person you know. What sorts of traits come to mind when you think about them? The odds are a large portion of their traits are about their attitude. This is because ‘your attitude determines your altitude‘.
Most people have heard this quote at some point in their lives. But, what many people don’t remember is that this quote is designed to motivate people to choose a positive attitude. And choosing a positive attitude is what is going to help you live the life you want to live and reach the heights you want to reach.
‘Attitude Determines Your Altitude’ Meaning
This portion of Zig Ziglar’s famous quote tells us that it isn’t how talented you are that determines how happy or successful you are. Instead, the attitude you choose will determine the heights you reach throughout your life.
It sounds overly simplistic, but choosing to have a positive attitude will give you a better chance of reaching higher heights. Meanwhile, complaining, negativity, and being overly critical will keep you firmly grounded where you are.
In fact, when we have negative and limiting beliefs about ourselves, we limit what we are capable of. Complaining about how hard things are is only going to hold you back from stepping outside your comfort zone. Blaming others for your lack of success is only going to keep you from setting big crazy goals and reaching your potential.
If you want to do more with your life, you need to choose an attitude that is going to match the heights you want to reach. If your attitude determines your altitude, it is time to start rethinking attitude as a choice. And it is a choice that you can start making right now!
Choosing Your Attitude, Choosing Your Altitude
The word ‘choosing’ is used very intentionally here.
There are many times in life where you don’t have control and you do not have a choice. However, your attitude toward the things that happen in your life is something that you do have control over. And you can choose an attitude that will help you reach higher altitudes.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I am fully aware that horrible things happen to people every day without choice. I have faced my fair share of tragedy and heartbreak throughout my life so far. I know first hand that we definitely do not have control over the bad things that happen to us in our lives.
But, we always have a choice in how we react to challenges, obstacles, and setbacks in our lives. With hard work and the right growth mindset, you can forge yourself a suit of armour that will protect you against whatever else life cooks up for you.
Each challenge that you face is another stepping stone that will bring you closer to the goals and dreams you have for your life. Heights that once seemed unreachable become reachable when you choose a positive attitude.
Believe In Choice
A positive attitude isn’t something that comes easy to everyone. Some people naturally see the positives in everything, while others are more negative and critical. But, if your attitude determines your altitude, then putting in the work to start choosing a positive attitude will be worth it.
If you find choosing a positive attitude to be a challenge, check out our ‘Your Attitude Determines Your Altitude’ printable poster. Hanging this in a high traffic area of your home or office will remind you to choose an attitude that matches your goals.
As a naturally negative person, I find that it helps to pretend that everything in my life is my choice. And since your thoughts become your reality, this helps me realize that I have more control over my mindset than I think. A powerful quote that helps remind me to look for opportunities in struggle is ‘life is a gift, not an obligation.’
The things that happen in our lives sometimes feel like have to‘s rather than get to’s. Try starting each day by thinking about all of the things you are privileged to do, rather than thinking about all of the things you – sigh – have to do.
Here are a few examples:
- Have to go to work? No! You get to apply your skills and talents to help people.
- Have to wake up all night with a teething baby? No, you get to be the one that comforts your precious little one.
- Have to watch your kids? No! You get to enjoy a reminder of what it is like to play and have fun.
There is always a choice in how you perceive the things that happen to you. If you believe that you have a choice, and you choose a grateful heart, it is much easier to have a positive attitude.
And since your attitude determines your altitude, the goals you have for your life won’t feel so far away!
Does Your Attitude Match Your Altitude?
Attitude is altitude. If you choose a positive attitude, you will find growth in setbacks and reach heights that you could only dream of. However, if you choose a negative attitude, it will keep you grounded where you can only complain about all of the goals you aren’t reaching.
If you have goals for your life, it is time to align your attitude with your dreams and ambitions. The more you choose a positive attitude, the more you will find yourself actively working to reach your goals.
You have an idea of what you want your life to look like. And you have choices you can make to start living the life you want to live. Choose an attitude that matches your goals, aspirations, and the highest heights of your dreams. And when you get there, be sure to enjoy the view!
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