Posted by: successforrealpeople | November 23, 2008

Your Attitude Is Your Choice

It is our attitude at the beginning of a difficult task which, more than anything else, will affect it’s successful outcome.” ~William James

I visited my mom recently in Florida and while there we had lots of interesting conversations.  One in particular has stuck with me and I have decided that there is a valuable lesson in it that I want to share with others.

My mom knows that I have had my share of tough times over the years but what I didn’t realize was that she held the belief that I was the kind of person who could fall in a pile of sh*t and come out smelling like a rose.  Let me assure you that I do not possess any magical abilities nor am I the bearer of some celestial luck.  The truth is that when I fall into a pile of sh*t, I do come out smelling like shi*t.  But here’s where the story takes a turn.

When bad things happen to me (and sometimes they do, that’s life), I acknowledge what has happened and then I clean myself off (I find the positive in the situation) and I move forward.  Tough times do not need to stick with us nor define us.  I have come to learn that it’s not what happens to us in life that makes the difference, it’s how we respond to what happens to us that determines whether or not we will end up smelling like poop or smelling like a rose.  I choose to smell like a rose.

When you are facing a difficult situation or when things aren’t working out the way you had planned you can choose to wallow in the situation or you can choose to see it as an opportunity for growth.  The manner in which you choose to respond will determine the outcome.  Obstacles are sometimes life way of getting us to change our direction, or teaching us a new lesson that will one day help us to reach the happiness and joy that we all yearn for.  Once you realize that you have a choice in how you respond, you’ll have the power to change your future.

wishing you much happiness and success!


  1. I’m in love with any success blogs, and I’m also a big fan of psychology blogs. Thanks for stopping by, and keep up the good work.

  2. Hear hear. Smelling like sh*t should be a learning experience…

    If you recognize this is just a part of life, it will change your entire attitude going forward!

    A related quote:

  3. Great quote Todd! I’m a huge fan of both Napolean Hill and Brian Tracy.

    Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  4. Thank you for your encouragement on my blog. I enjoy reading blogs/watchin movies about accomplishing in order to push myself forward. I’ll be a frequent visitor to your blog. Thanks!

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