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What is Attitude?  Why is it Important?

What is attitude?  You can choose your attitude, change your attitude, or ignore your attitude, but first let's talk about what defines one...

Attitudes are the views of a person whether positive or negative.

I'm sure you've heard someone say, "Gosh, does he have an attitude" or "Wow, what a chip on her shoulder!"

But really what are you saying?  Is that person really walking around with a "chip" precariously perched on her shoulder?

No, but everyone knows you're talking about her attitude.

So what is attitude?  What is that chip?

Or perhaps you know someone who "always has a great attitude."  That person is always "chipper" (funny how chip and chipper can mean opposites, huh?)

What is physically happening within each "chip" or "chipper" person to answer the question, "What is attitude?"

It's those thought processes inside each person's head....

Are those thoughts positive or negative?

Are those thoughts influenced by physical circumstances such as "time of day, month or year?"

Are there unresolved issues "brewing" below a negative view...

Issues that make us locked up and afraid...

Or perhaps grieving.

Our physical bodies play a huge part in our mood, which is sometimes used synonimously with attitude when we're answering the question, "What is attitude?"

Attitudes are learned behaviors...

"Oh, she acts just like her mom."

Yes, she learned how to act from her mother...

She learned her attitude from her mother's behaviors...

So did attitude come first or did behavior?

Did her mom's "behavior" cause her mom's "attitude"...

Or did her mom's "attitude" [which caused her behavior] affect her daughter's attitude?

Stay with me a few minutes, I'm onto something here...

This brings up an interesting question, "What comes first, behavior or attitude?"

If our attitudes can come from:

    1)    Our physical well being (hormonal fluctuations, diet, etc.)
    2)    Environment (learning how to act from our parents)
    3)    Suppressed anger, grief, fears

Which comes first?

For example, when you haven't eaten correctly (behavior), your attitude can become grouchy - therefore causing your behavior to be "grouchy? (causing a vicious cycle?)

The two are interlinked quite a bit I'd say.

So let's say you've learned an "attitude" from your mom.  Now it's become a habit...

Attitudes are habits...

We repeat them over and over again....

Lots of times unconsciously.  We let our bodies stay "stuck in a rut" so we mentally stay "stuck in a rut."

Repeating again, and again, and again, and again...

Attitudes are perceptions...

It's the way you view something.  

You could be in a great mood, and then, suddenly come across someone or something that puts you in a "bad" mood (or attitude.)

That's simply because of your "perception" of that object or person.

Attitudes are judgments...

Which is very similar to "perceptions" above, but slightly different in that they're more "rigid."  A perception can sometimes be changed easier than a judgment.

What is Attitude?

The importance of attitude cannot be underestimated...

Attitude is everything...

Attitude is more important than skill...

For example, at work, a co-worker may be "the best" in his/her field, but if you can't get along with that person...

If he/she has "an attitude..."

What usually happens?  If the boss gets offended enough, that person gets tossed out the door, right?

But what if someone is really trying hard, has a great "attitude," but absolutely no skill at the task?

Usually, he/she will be given a few second or third tries before giving up.

Attitude is more important than reality...

You could be in a really bad situation, but if you react in a negative way to that situation, what happens?

The situation usually becomes worse.

What if you react positively?  Well, the situation may still be insurmountable, but at least you'll be more stable and better able to handle it as you move through it.

And, according to the Law of Attraction, if you can hold onto a great attitude while you go through your present "reality," you'll be forming your next reality that's coming down the pipeline.

What is Attitude?

When we're answering the question, "What is attitude?" our discussion wouldn't be complete without comparing the two attitudes of positive and negative and the benefits/consequences of each.


A negative perspective will make everything in your life much harder if you are filled with it...

Things don't go right and you spiral down...

Which creates more spiral down.

Which sounds too depressing to keep talking about...

Developing a positive attitude means thinking positively about all the situations in your life.

The benefits of a positive attitude are many and overlap into every part of your relationships, health, happiness, success and overall make life way more fulfilling and happy as a whole. 

Having a positive attitude is a very important aspect in your life. You can do it regardless of the problems in your life.

Positive attitude helps you cope better with the daily "grind" of life.  You just don't let it bother you.  Or in other words, you choose your attitude...

You have the power to change your attitude at any given moment.

Life becomes easier, once you've combined positive thinking and attitude and...

Adopted the attitude of "I'm in charge and I'm staying happy" as a way of life.

This brings constructive changes to your life, and makes you brighter, happier and more successful...

And is key to staying positive.

Having a positive attitude in whatever you do will make things more enjoyable and much easier.

So, now that we've discussed:

What is Attitude?

The Importance of Attitude, and

Positive and Negative Attitudes

I'd like to leave you with a couple of thoughts:

What is your attitude?

How can you move your attitude toward habitually becoming more and more positive?  


One great way to change your attitude is through subliminal affirmations.

What are "subliminal affirmations?"  They are affirmations played at a frequency that the human ear cannot audibly "hear" but where a different part of the ear hears them.  

So, your subconscious is hearing new, positive affirmations while your conscious or critical mind - the one that discredits new thoughts - gets by passed.  

The cool part is I've created a program to change your core beliefs by instilling positive affirmations that help you learn to trust yourself on many deeper levels.   It even has a sleep meditation where you can make change while you sleep.

how-to-change-your-beliefs Be sure to check out my Change Your Beliefs Guided Imagery Meditation Program.

It effortlessly inputs positive affirmations all day and night through "invisible" subliminal recordings as well as has a PDF Quick Start Guide, PDF Workbook, and meditation mp3 audios.

Most importantly, it teaches you how to find your beliefs that cause your attitudes.

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