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Saturday, 12 November 2016

NaBloPoMo Day 12 : It's All About Attitude

Take a look at this image. Read it twice if necessary. Let the message of the headline sink in.

Now ask yourself this question. What was the defining factor that pushed one guy into performing a destructive act and another guy born to the same parents to reach out for excellence?

While the nature versus nurture debate rages on, incidents like this go to tilt the scales in favor of the latter. It is reasonable to expect that both guys had the same parents and were nurtured by the same parents, in the same environment (unless there is a back story we don’t know). But what of the mental and emotional environment each one created for himself by his thoughts, words and actions?

The stark contrast in their outcomes drives home an important lesson – that ultimately in life, success is spelled A.T.T.I.T.U.D.E.

People define attitude in different ways. The psychologist Jung calls it “readiness of the psyche to act or react in a certain way.” This is succinct and clear enough for us to understand.

The way we react or respond to situations, events and people is what defines our attitude. Building a positive attitude can make all the difference between achieving what you set out to do and staying stuck in the same place.

If you get into an emotional state that works to keep away the results you desire, you can safely assume that you have an attitude problem.

Remember when you see quotes like this?

  • I may be wrong, but I doubt it
  • My attitude is based on how you treat me
  • I’m not always right, I’m just never wrong

Did you laugh reading them?

I did – because they’re so apt in some cases. 

But I also realize that I cannot let them dictate my responses to every single situation.

When I realize that -

  • Maybe I need to evaluate what I’m doing wrong
  • Everyone is entitled to having their own opinion even if it doesn’t match mine
  • Perhaps I need to re-think on this issue
  • When things go wrong, I need to take them in my stride - and move on 
- that is when I’m on my way to developing the right attitude.

NaBloPoMo November 2016


  1. So true. It's always your attitude that defines you and your actions.

    I strongly believe nature and nurture can be blamed (or appreciated) for shaping a person only when e/she is rather young. After a certain age, it is you and YOU alone responsible for who you choose to become. Unless you're mentally disabled, no matter who there is to support or dissuade you, the final decision on any matter is YOURS. Others may influence it, but you're the one that takes it and then acts on it.

    1. Well said, Priya..that taking responsibility for one's own actions is what makes all the difference!

  2. That's a stark contrast between 2 siblings. Yes, it's all about attitude. Like they say, attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference!!


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