Perhaps this is an obvious question to some, but do you believe that your attitude affects the attainment of your purpose in life? Some would argue that if it’s your purpose, it’s going to come-to-pass regardless. So, that would mean that I can sit around and wait on things to happen…basically, just exist; RIGHT…NOT! Even if I felt things truly worked that way, there’s no way I could tolerate that mentality.
I remember interviewing for a position once, actually, the job I have now, and the manager at that time told me that the job would be very challenging because you must remain positive amongst the negative. He asked, “How do you feel about that”? Are you kidding me? I don’t know any other way of accomplishing my goals, but to “kill them with kindness”. I’m just not the type of person that angers easily; I don’t sweat the small things. I’ve learned early on that worrying about the little things, takes your eyes off of the prize; eventually, you’re going to miss out on your blessings.
So, my answer to the original question, “Do you believe that your attitude affects the attainment of your purpose in life”, is YES. I’ve had so many individuals ask me, “How do you stay so calm; you are never upset”? WRONG…I have a lot of daily frustrations that people don’t see because I don’t allow them to see that. One reason why I try to stay so calm is because it does no good to allow “stuff” to get at you all the time. However, the primary reason is because you never know when someone’s watching you.
What do you mean by this you say? What I mean is that you can negatively impact someone else’s life by your actions, even though you may not realize they’re observing you. Some people would say, “Well, if I didn’t know they were watching, how’s that my fault”? You’re right, it’s not directly your fault, but it is indirectly your fault. So, how do I get around this you ask? EASY…always have your game face on. STOP letting “stuff” get at you. That way, you don’t have to worry whether or not someone’s is watching; and, it will make you feel so much better. Let that “stuff” just roll off your shoulder’s…stop carry that anger and negativity around on your shoulders (it’s baggage; dead weight).
I had someone approach me on Sunday, Christmas Day, to tell me what a positive impact I’ve had on her life. She said she would sit back and watch how I’d handle things as a single parent and as a woman, and it inspired her to accomplish some things that she’d put on the back burner. What a wonderful feeling it is to know that you are a positive role model/influence for others. I stopped and thought for a minute, “What if I were cutting up and doing wrong”? Would she have been in the wonderful place that she is now”? That’s not a risk that I’m willing to take…not at the risk of my life or anyone else’s.
I could not have asked for a better Christmas gift than the words that came out of her mouth.
In closing, please stop and think about the image or impression that you leave on others; especially a young person (they are always watching). Ask yourself this, if people are watching you without you realizing it, what do you think they see? What do you think they’d say (I’m not talking about the one’s that ALWAYS have something to say)? What influence do you think you’d have on them? Let me tell you this, God has some amazing things in store for little ole me, and I’d be darned if I’m going to allow a bad attitude and bad choices keep me from receiving my blessings. Smootches…
Click here to see an amazing video clip called The Power of Attitude.