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It’s All About the ‘Tude

Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference. – Winston Churchill

noun
1.  manner, disposition, feeling, position, etc., with regard to a person or thing; tendency or orientation, especially of the mind:
a negative attitude; group attitudes.
2.  position or posture of the body appropriate to or expressive of an action, emotion, etc.:
a threatening attitude; a relaxed attitude.
3.  Aeronautics. the inclination of the three principal axes of an aircraft relative to the wind, to the ground,
4.  Ballet. a pose in which the dancer stands on one leg, the other bent behind.
etc.

Attitude.  One word, lots of different meanings, and while the third and fourth definitions are important, especially to pilots and ballet dancers, it’s the first two definitions that interest me the most.  Growing up, I’m sure you were told many times to watch your attitude by your parents, usually because your attitude was negative, or, for lack of a better word, bitchy.  Chances are you did have an attitude, and it was probably pretty darn negative at times, and even if you weren’t aware of it, that attitude colored everything you did.  And guess what?  It’s still the exact same today.  We all have things we deplore doing, but they have to be done.  When you focus on how much we hate the task at hand, it seems endless, and is fraught with difficulties.  But if we approach it with a more positive attitude, that same task can be a bit more palatable.  Our attitude colors everything we do, and honestly, how well we do it.  So do your best to cultivate a positive attitude, no matter what the task.  It will make things go better, and save the ‘tude for Friday nights out with your friends!

Be Yourself

Be true to yourself and go with your instincts – don’t be somebody you’re not just to fit in. – Rachel Stevens

Our local cable access channel shows the current high school graduation ceremony several times during the summer and I caught a bit of it today and I was astounded.  Now granted, I didn’t know any of the seniors graduating, but it astounded me to see that 99% of the girls all looked the same.  They all had long straight hair with no bangs – almost every single one of them.  There was a sprinkling of short hair and a couple of girls with curls, but most of them rocked the oh so popular long straight hair.  It didn’t matter how it looked on them, or if their faces suited that style, what mattered was they looked like everybody else.  I get wanting to fit in, but when you allow it to crush your individuality, it’s wrong.  Be who you are, celebrate the amazing person that is you.  You don’t have to look like everybody else, or act like everybody else – just be you.  There is no greater gift you can give the world.

The Road to Power

Pessimism leads to weakness, optimism to power. – William James

When I first read this quote, I was kind of like uhhhh….I’m not so sure, but then when I gave it more thought, it started to make a lot of sense to me.  At firsts, I got caught in the trap of focusing on power. It’s not about the ruling the world type of power, it’s about the power you have to live your life, and the power and energy you have to tackle each day. Think about the times when you’re glum, and negative and in a bad mood.  How is your energy level?  Chances are, you’re energy level is way down around your ankles.  You don’t have any power,or any energy to move forward. In fact, what little power or energy you have, gets sucked right out of you by your negative emotions.  But when you’re feeling good, when you feel like you could conquer the world – you know, feeling optimistic, your energy levels soar, and you are ready to go out and try new things, and take on the world.  So try really hard to keep the pessimistic feelings at bay, and put on your optimist hat and watch the power that fills you!

Let’s Be Real

I always like to look on the optimistic side of life, but I am realistic to know that life is a complex matter. – Walt Disney

I am all about thinking positive, and finding the good in everything.  It’s not just something I say, I really try to live my life that way.  But sometimes, life just sucks.  Things happen, or people happen, or it’s just generally a bad, craptacular time.  Those times happen, and there are no two ways about it.  Most of the time, the things that make it so blechy are completely and totally out of your control, and you kind of just have to go with it and get through it.  You have to be realistic, life is not sunshine perfect 24/7. If it was, this would be a kind of Stepford Wives life.  But we don’t live in Stepford world, we live in this world and things go wrong, people are jerks and sometimes, life just sucks.  That’s when you really have to turn on the positive thinking and focus on the good.  But what if it’s so craptacular that you can’t, and you feel like you’re being totally overwhelmed with the badness?  Well in that case you have a couple of choice.  First you can just give in to the blech and let it swallow you up – but I don’t recommend that too much.  Second, you can grab on to a positive thought – any positive thought, no matter how small and focus on it or third, you can remember that nothing, and I mean nothing lasts forever, and that includes the yuckiness that may be filling your days.  So put on some loud music and try and drown out the yuckiness, or maybe exercise and sweat it away, and no matter what, hold on to the thought that you live in the real world, and in the real world, those bad days do pass.

It’s a Thought Garden

Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you’ll start having positive results. – Willie Nelson

I’ll start by saying it’s true, when you get rid of your negative thoughts and focus on the positive ones, you’ll start to see positive results in your life.  I’ll also be incredibly honest and admit (at least for me) it’s one of the hardest things in the world to do.  It’s like negative thoughts are coated in super glue and they just stick inside your head and they grow and grow and grow.  And somehow those negative thoughts seem to grow feet and stomp all over those positive thoughts.  It’s kind of like weeds in a garden.  Positive thoughts are a garden that require loving care and nurturing, and the negative thoughts are the weeds that need to be pulled out.  Well you need to be ruthless and weed your thought garden EVERY DAY and sometimes, multiple times a day.  Grab those negative thought, rip them out by the roots, and toss them in the burn pile.  Then be sure to lavish some love and attention on the new positive thoughts that are sprouting in your thought garden.  Tend them, water them, and keep weeding.  If you do, you’ll have an amazing and bountiful crop of positive thoughts and when you harvest them, even more amazing things will come to you.

Where?

Where is the man who has the strength to be true, and to show himself as he is? – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

A lot of talk this week about being true to yourself and if you are true to yourself, you’ll be true to others by default.  Today’s quote focuses more on other people being true.  I know you cannot control the actions of others, you can only control how you react to them.  It would still be nice however to be surrounded by others who are being true to themselves while you’re being true to yourself.  If the world were like that, it would be a far happier place.  However, the world is not like that, and unfortunately we are surrounded with a lot of people who mistake being true to themselves with looking out for number one.  There is an inherent difference between those two things.  When you’re being true to yourself, you are honoring yourself and being honest with yourself.  That is very different than looking out for number one.  When you do that, you put yourself first no matter what and no matter how it impacts those around you.  Sadly, there is a lot of that in this world.  So while others may not be being true to themselves, persevere and be true to you.  Maybe it will start to rub off on those around.

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It’s a Balancing Act

To be a true artist, I have to be true to who I am now and write that way. – Brad Paisley

Has anybody noticed a trend in this week’s quotes?  I usually just pick out random quotes and then somehow during the week, they tend to apply with whatever is going on in my life.  This week, when I was looking at quotes, I was focusing on an issue I had, and it was reflected in the quotes.  Obviously my issue has to do with being true to who you are.  Obviously I come done firmly on the side of being true to who you are, but can you go to far in being true to who you are?  I think maybe you can.  If you are so true to yourself that you are unwilling to see the viewpoint of other people, or worse, ignore the viewpoints of others, then I think that is taking it to extremes.  Look at the quote from Brad Paisley – as an artist, to get his best, most creative efforts, he has to remain true to who he is.  But what if his remaining true to who he is alienates his fans?  Then what?  I can’t say for sure, but I’m betting he has to balance out being true to himself to listening to his fans.  It’s a tightrope to be sure, but while you’re being true to who you are, don’t forget about the world around you!

Real Beauty

Real beauty is to be true to oneself. That’s what makes me feel good.- Laetitia Casta

There are many different types of beauty in this world, and most of it, is in the eye of the beholder as the saying goes.  There is beauty in nature, and there are people who are classically beautiful.  There are people who know how to accentuate their existing beauty through the right hair style or with make up.  Then there is the best beauty of all, inner beauty.  There are some people who are just so good, and so kind that beauty simply radiates from within them and dazzles the rest of us. It needs no cosmetic enhancement, it just is.  The really amazing thing is though, any of us and all of us can have that type of inner beauty.  You can develop this type of beauty by being true to yourself, by being the best person that you can be.  When you are true to yourself, you are true to the rest of the world as well, and you are just in harmony.  And that harmony, that truth, that inner beauty shines out from you and bathes those around you in your light.  And this type of beauty, it lasts.  It doesn’t wash off, and it doesn’t run out.  As long as you are true to yourself, that inner beauty will continue to radiate!

Being True

Be true to your work, your word, and your friend. – John Boyle O’Reilly

When I first read this quote, my initial thought was why?  Why do I care about being true to my work, my word and my friends.  Isn’t it more important that I am true to myself?  After all, wasn’t that exactly what I blogged about yesterday?  Well, yes and no.  I will NEVER say you shouldn’t be true to yourself but you can’t do it at the expense of others, but at the same time, you can’t let the well being of others come at the expense of yourself.  It’s called honesty.  First you have to be incredibly honest with yourself.  Is what you’re doing truly in your own best interest? If you can with 100% certainty say that what you are doing is for you and is allowing you to remain true to you, then do it.  Because, let’s be honest here….if you can say that with 100% certainty that what you’re doing is allowing you to remain true to you, then I can promise it’s also allowing you to be true to your work, your word and your friends

Be True

Well, if you’re true to yourself, you’re going to be true to everyone else. – John Wooden

I’ve been thinking a lot about being true to yourself, and what that really means.  Essentially, you need to be honest with yourself.  Don’t make excuse to yourself.  Own what you do, or don’t do.  The by product of that is if you’re being true to who you are and accepting responsibility for your life, you will in turn, be true to other people.  It’s not something you’ll have to go out of your way to do.  By being true to you and treating yourself with respect, that will naturally spill over to others.  It’s not a bad way to live 🙂

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