There is a quote that says, "We are never satisfied. The more we have, the more we want and for this reason, we will never have it all." It is true, that having everything we want is not possible. So how can we get the attitude of contentment? Brian Tracy says, "Our attitudes are and expression of our values, beliefs and expectations." So the question arises, What are our values, beliefs and expectations that are being reflected in our attitudes?
1. Values –Since our attitudes reflect our values we must pinpoint what we really care about the most. A great checker is asking ourselves, "If we only had 24 hours to live, who or what would we want to be around. Would it be people that are honest and real? Would we want to spend the last hours with people and things that respect who we really are and could appreciate our lives? I'm sure we would want to do everything to maximize the moments that we had left. Those people, places and things contain some of the things we truly value.
Most could count what they really value on their fingers. However, really knowing what they are and working to make them higher on the list can be a challenge. Work to pinpoint your values so you can have a strong internal compass to guide your attitude through the chaos that life can bring.
2. Beliefs -Whether you know it or not, the foundation of our lives are our beliefs. They are the pivotal elements that cause us to respond the way we do to issues in life. What we believe is going to happen or not going to happen formulates our attitudes into viewing life that way.
To help shape your attitude allow what you believe to be governed by the truth. That means that you do your research to find out why you believe what you believe. With the truth as the guiding factor your beliefs can be a positive guide to your attitude.
3. Expectations - What we think the future has in store for us, shapes the alignment of our attitudes. Our expectations are somehow a gage that can push our attitudes to do more or less. High expectation result in an attitude that pushes for it to happen and vice versa.
What are your expectations? Are they realistic enough to push your attitude to be positive about the life that's happening around you? Work to govern your attitude to be acceptant of your outcome, as well as, learn to grow from your mistakes and improve on your successes. Set your attitude to expect to be positive, work hard and preserver.
Summary - Having a positive teachable attitude is key to success. Making sure that attitude is focused on values, rooted in beliefs that are true and set on realistic expectations is the reflector that resembles long term success.