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Change Your Attitude, Change Your Life

Change Your Attitude, Change Your Life

Our lives depend to a great extent on what we think we are able to do.  Henry Ford once said, "Whether you think you can, or you think you can't--you're right."   One of the keys to succeeding in your life and career involves controlling your attitude.  Pastor and speaker Charles Swindoll has some important words on this subject:

"The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, the education, the money, than circumstances, than failure, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company... a church... a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice everyday regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past... we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude. I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it. And so it is with you... we are in charge of our Attitudes."

In Live Your Calling we emphasize that "each of us has conditioned ourselves to think in particular ways.  Our though patterns become so ingrained and habitual, however, that we don't feel as though we are making choices in how we react to life experiences.  But we are.  To fulfill our God-sized callings, we need to master our attitude."

How would changing your attitude change your life?  What is a first step you can take today?


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