Posted by: successforrealpeople | November 18, 2008

Your Attitude Is Your Choice

“Any fact facing us is not as important as our attitude toward it, for that determines our success or failure. The way you think about a fact may defeat you before you ever do anything about it. You are overcome by the fact because you think you are.” ~ Norman Vincent Peale

We have all experienced trying times in our lives.  But what determines the outcome is often times our own attitude about the situation we face.  How do you handle tough situations?  Do you automatically tell yourself that it’s going to turn out bad?  Do you take on a victim role or do you look for solutions?

I have learned that I can make a situation better or worse, depending on that attitude I choose.  Note that I said “choose”.  We may not have any control over the things that happen to us but we always have a choice in how we choose to react to it.  When you make the decision to view those tough times as opportunities for growth you will find that situation doesn’t seem as bad.  But when you make the decision to get upset, feel hopeless, or see it as some terrible thing you’ll get exactly what your attitude is projecting.

If you can learn to step back for a moment and pause before responding, you’ll give yourself just enough time to consciously decided how you want to perceive the situation at hand and then how you want to handle it.  This has been an ongoing process for me but I can honestly tell you that when I make the decision to view those situations as learning opportunities, it greatly affects the outcomes.

I found this video with some wonderful quotes that address this topic.  I hope you enjoy it.

Wishing you much happiness and success!


  1. I enjoyed the video. I have been told before that I am unrealistic. I perceive myself as optimistic.
    How we handle hardship and disappointment in life is what defines our character. We forget all that is good and forget to be grateful for what we have. Find the joy in life . We do have a choice in how we react and deal with hardship. As a cancer survivor I have found that my positive attitude has helped to heal me and keep my family strong. Don’t be defeated by your negative thoughts. Live Strong!

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