Your Attitude, Not Aptitude, Determines Your Altitude

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Your Attitude, Not Aptitude, Determines Your Altitude

Post  Fenny West on Tue 18 Sep 2007, 6:54 pm

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John is the kind of guy you love to hate. He is always in a good mood and always has something positive to say. When someone would ask him how he was doing, he would reply, "If I were any better, I would be twins!"

He was a natural motivator.

If an employee was having a bad day, John was there telling the employee how to look on the positive side of the situation.

Seeing this style really made me curious, so one day I went up and asked him, "I don't get it!

You can't be a positive person all of the time How do you do it?"

He replied, "Each morning I wake up and say to myself, you have two choices today. You can choose to be in a good mood or ... you can choose to be in a bad mood

I choose to be in a good mood."

Each time something bad happens, I can choose to be a victim or...I can choose to learn from it. I choose to learn from it.

Every time someone comes to me complaining, I can choose to accept their complaining or... I can point out the positive side of life. I choose the positive side of life.

"Yeah, right, it's not that easy," I protested.

"Yes, it is," he said. "Life is all about choices. When you cut away all the junk, every situation is a choice. You choose how you react to situations. You choose how people affect your mood.

You choose to be in a good mood or bad mood. The bottom line: It's your choice how you live your life."

I reflected on what he said. Soon thereafter, I left the Tower Industry to start my own business. We lost touch, but I often thought about him when I made a choice about life instead of reacting to it.


several years later, I heard that he was involved in a s erious accident, falling some 60 feet from a communications tower.


After 18 hours of surgery and weeks of intensive care, he was released from the hospital with rods placed in his back.

I saw him about six months after the accident.

When I asked him how he was, he replied, "If I were any better, I'd be twins..Wanna see my scars?"

I declined to see his wounds, but I did ask him what had gone through his mind as the accident took place.

"The first thing that went through my mind was the well-being of my soon-to-be born daughter," he replied. "Then, as I lay on the ground, I remembered that I had two choices: I could choose to live or...I could choose to die. I chose to live."

"Weren't you scared? Did you lose consciousness?" I asked

He continued, "..the paramedics were great.

They kept telling me I was going to be fine. But when they wheeled me into the ER and I saw the expressions on the faces of the doctors and nurses, I got really scared. In their eyes, I read 'he's a dead man'. I knew I needed to take action."

"What did you do?" I asked.

"Well, there was a big burly nurse shouting questions at me," said John. "She asked if I was allergic to anything 'Yes, I replied.' The doctors and nurses stopped working as they waited for my reply. I took a deep breath and yelled, 'Gravity'"

Over their laughter, I told them, "I am choosing to live. Operate on me as if I am alive, not dead."

He lived, thanks to the skill of his doctors, but also because of his amazing attitude... I learned from him that every day we have the choice to live fully


Attitude, after all, is everything



Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own." Matthew 6:34.

After all today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday.




You have two choices now:
forget it or meditate on it and become positive
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Re: Your Attitude, Not Aptitude, Determines Your Altitude

Post  dove on Tue 25 Sep 2007, 8:43 am

I loved the whole story and liked the attitude. This is really a nice motivational story to look at problems in a positive way. My uncle used to say, "In problems do not become a problem".

God bless you Fenny

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Problems are pregant with gems unseen

Post  Fenny West on Tue 25 Sep 2007, 2:14 pm

Dove, your uncle was quite right. The way we look at problems determines whether or not we overcome it or it overcomes us. Often the problem is laced with or encases a great gift from God which can only be unlocked with patience, prayer and wisdom which comes from God.

At such times a good prayer would be: Lord, I thank You for this opportunity to prove Your faithfulness once again. Open the eyes of my spiritual understanding to see beyond the natural and see the coming glory. There is nothing You and I cannot overcome. I thank you for your word which says: "With God all things are possible. I can do ALL things THROUGH CHRIST Who strengthens me. Whoever is born of God overcomes the World and this is the victory that over comes the world , even my faith. Greater is He that is in me than he that is in the world. God is working everything together for those who love God.. Thanks be to God who always causes us to triumph."

I thank You Lord that I am more than a conqueror through Christ. The battle is not mine but the Lord's and He has gone ahead of me to make crooked paths straight.

I therefore rise to this challenge, in Jesus' Name.

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