Your Attitude Determines Your Altitude

In last week’s blog post, we discussed how significantly our lives are impacted by what we know, or our Personal Philosophy.  I shared some strategies for refining your Personal Philosophy so that you can make sound decisions in your pursuit of the good life.  This is a critical step in the success equation, because it is what we know, or our beliefs and values, that determine the choices we make in life, which either move us one step closer or one step further from our dreams.

So now that the foundation is laid, how do we start building the skyscraper?   In today’s post, we move on to the second fundamental discussed in Jim Rohn’s book The Five Major Pieces to the Life Puzzle, which is Attitude. We’ve all heard the saying “your attitude determines your altitude”, and this is so important to really understand.  This saying is a reference to flying, because the attitude, or orientation of the plane relative to the ground, literally determines how high the plane can fly.  And so it is with success in life.  It is our Attitude, or the orientation of our minds, that determines just how high we can fly!

While what we know determines our Personal Philosophy, it is what we feel that determines our Attitude.  Here we’re moving away from the logical and into the emotional side of life.  And in my opinion, there is nothing more powerful than attitude.  How we feel about our experiences in life can either stop us in our tracks or inspire us to action. 

“With the right attitude human beings can move mountains.  With the wrong attitude they can be crushed by the smallest of grains.”

This is why it is imperative to do the necessary work to make amends with your past.  No matter how bad it hurt, how angry it made you or how much of a failure you felt you were, we all have the same two choices:  you can let the past overwhelm you or you can let the past educate you.  In choosing the latter, we can bring our new wisdom into our current experiences and move forward toward a brighter future.

The past gave us a wealth of experiences, and the present gives us a chance to use them wisely!  We all have the same 24 hours in a day…..it is our Attitude that determines how well we use the time we are given!  So why do some choose to make the most of each precious minute while others choose to waste it away?

I think this boils down to our self-worth and sense of value or significance in the world.  Our attitude is a manifestation of everything we feel about ourselves, and this is where our work on our personal philosophy becomes so imperative.    After all, it is the choices we make based on the knowledge we have acquired (our personal philosophy) that shapes our attitude!

This is where personal growth and development comes in to play.  The journey is not always easy, but keep in mind that the very worst days experienced by someone who devotes themselves to personal growth are better than the very best days of those who do not! 😉

“If there is one area in the knowledge department where we cannot afford to be lacking, it is knowledge and awareness of our uniqueness.  We do not feel better about ourselves for the simple reason that we do not really know ourselves.  For if we truly knew ourselves – our strengths, our abilities, our resources, our depth of feeling, our sense of humor, our unique accomplishments – we would never again doubt our ability to create a better future.”

Most of us are so busy living our lives that we don’t often pause to appreciate all that we do in a given day.  Changing how we feel about ourselves begins with establishing a new philosophy about the value in each of us, particularly ourselves!  We’re already pretty good at seeing it in others, it is seeing it in ourselves that needs some work!

“We become a powerful force when each of us understands how powerful all of us are and when all of us understand how valuable each of us is.”

So now that we have established how incredibly valuable we each are, there is one more essential piece to ensure that we make the very best use of our 24 hours.   This is something I’ve talked about numerous times throughout this blog, and that is VISION!  Your vision has to be SO incredibly strong and crystal clear that you will jump out of bed with passion and excitement each morning and not notice that you continue to work late into the night.  This insatiable desire is what will have you doing whatever it takes to go over, under or even straight through any obstacle that may appear on your path.  This is about taking intelligent action in the present, allowing yourself to be guided by your past and pulled by your future!

“We cannot move casually into a better future.  We cannot casually pursue the goal we have set for ourselves.  A goal that is casually pursued is not a goal; at best it is a wish, and wishes are little more than self-delusion.  Wishes are an anesthetic to be used by the unambitious, a narcotic that dulls their awareness of their own desperate condition.”

Now that you have a brilliant vision and a positive attitude, is there anything that could get in your way?  Before you head off feeling unstoppable, let’s not forget that you spend time with other people on a daily basis who can play a significant role in defining what it is you know and feel. This is where some really tough choices might need to be made.

It’s important to note that attitude is as infectious as laughing, yawning and crying.  Yes, truly!  So if you spend time with people who are enthusiastic, driven, open and positive, well that’s awesome!  You have figured out one of the key fundamentals to living the good life!   However, if you spend your days with people who are negative, unsupportive, watch endless amounts of TV, rarely if ever pick up a book and spend their time complaining about their misery instead of doing something about it, well…..this is where those difficult decisions must be made.

Are you spending your time with glass half-full or half-empty types?

You have probably heard that your income usually can be determined by taking the average of the 5 people you hang around most.  Well, this theory works just the same with your philosophy, your attitude, your self-worth and your ultimate success in life.

Here’s an interesting thought to ponder.   You probably have heard that 20% of the people produce 80% of the results in any given situation.  Well get this….it is the 80% group (who is only producing 20% of the results) that will demand 80% of your time and energy!  You have to be so careful who we choose to associate with, and if they are part of that 80%, how much of your vision are you willing to let them steal away?  If it is the 20%ers who will inspire, educate and encourage you in the pursuit and fulfillment of your vision, who do you think you should be associating with?  Do not forget what a valuable asset your attitude is, and so should be protected accordingly!

“Each of us has the ability to put our unique human potential into action and to acquire a desired result.  But the one thing that determines the level of our potential, that produces the intensity of our activity, and that predicts the quality of the results we receive is our attitude.”

So what do with do with this new knowledge and these great feelings?  Stay tuned next week as we move beyond mere potential and into the third fundamental, the requirement to actually achieving our goals and reaching our vision….ACTIVITY!

I’ll leave you with this beautiful and inspiring video from one of my favorite motivation sources, Simple Truths.  Enjoy, and if you think others will enjoy this post, be sure to ReTweet and share with your friends on Facebook!

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51 Responses to “Your Attitude Determines Your Altitude”

  1. Hi Beth,

    Very complex and multilevel stuff! Great post and reading it a German saying came to mind:
    “How you call into the forest so (the echo) will sound back to you.” (the English synonym “We reap what we sow”.)

    Leelja
    .-= Leelja´s last blog ..TEA OR DISH-WASHING-WATER? =-.

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    bethallen Reply:

    I love that saying, thanks for sharing it Leelja! So true! Glad you enjoyed my post.

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  2. We all have a personal philosophy whether we think about it or not… It is amazing what some people say sometimes about where they’re at in life… the truth is we must nurture our minds and make the “deposits’ before we can make the “withdrawals”.
    .-= Robin Lynn Brooks´s last blog ..Listen for that Real Connection in Relationship Building =-.

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    bethallen Reply:

    Yes Robin, taking care of our emotional bank accounts is critical to staying balanced, positive and productive!

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  3. Wow, You are really challenging us with your blog post. this is looking to be a very powerful and life changing series.

    Attitude really does make a difference. The right one makes life so much easier than a bad one.

    I couldn’t help but recall a situation in my life where I had to separate myself from a group of “friends”. These were people I knew and cared about but they were stuck. They were pretty much always playing in the land of “victimhood”. I knew if I was going to move forward in my life that I would have to leave them. It was hard at the time when I actually told one of them I wouldn’t be hanging out where they were all the time but a couple of days later I felt so much lighter for having let them go.
    .-= Don Enck´s last blog ..Video…The Ultimate Personal Branding Tool! =-.

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    bethallen Reply:

    Thanks Don! I had a similar experience leaving behind a group of friends that were holding me back ~ it was hard to walk away, but once I did, I instantly felt like I could breathe.

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  4. “With the right attitude human beings can move mountains”.
    I take time to fully appreciate this beautiful blog, that I’ve discovered today as a new gift.
    Francesco
    .-= Francesco´s last blog ..“In the Vortex” Emotional Words! =-.

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    bethallen Reply:

    Thank you Francesco! To moving mountains! 🙂

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    GOPAL Reply:

    YOU ARE ABSOLUTELY RIGHT FRANCESCO

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  5. Beth,
    Such empowering words in your post! My favorite quote is: “We become a powerful force when each of us understands how powerful all of us are and when all of us understand how valuable each of us is.”

    Absolutely fantastic! With this thought in mind, we can achieve our dreams while supporting others along the journey.

    Thanks for sharing your passion with us,
    Val 😉
    .-= Val Wilcox´s last blog ..It’s All About The Story =-.

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    bethallen Reply:

    Yes, Val, that is a favorite quote of mine as well. Very powerful. Thank you, it is such a joy to be sharing and supporting one another in this amazing journey called life!

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  6. HI Beth,
    I am a big Jim Rohn fan as well.. the more I learn – the more I love…
    I have been told one of my best qualities is I can see the positive side of things. I must admit, I have trained myself to do this. I also know that I am very subject to energy and other people’s energy. I am now at age 40 finally grounded in the concept of “what you think of me – is none of my business!!” and do not allow the 80%ers to steal away my energy! In some respects, I have felt guarded, but more over – learning this concept keeps the space wide open for those who do deserve my energy/ love as it can be a great exchange for those with Like Attitudes!

    Thanks Beth!
    Lisa Molina’s latest blog…Information Age or MIS Information Age – the Internet

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    bethallen Reply:

    I so agree, Lisa….the more I learn, the more I love! 🙂 You are absolutely right, it takes training and an open mind and heart to see the positive in the darkest hours. You seem like an amazingly grounded woman, and I look forward to sharing energy with you! 😉

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  7. Beth,

    Fabulous post. You create such a clear picture of what it means to shift one’s attitude. It is this decision we make that has a huge ripple effect in our lives, the lives of others and everything we touch.

    Great advice on being careful in whom we give our time and our energy. I have seen through mentoring and mastermind that when I surround myself with positive and uplifting and pro-active individuals that my energy, attitude and results are taken to a higher level.

    Thank you for this series and I look forward to your next post.

    Faith
    .-= Faith Barnard´s last blog ..Talk Fusion, Watch My Interview with Scott Scales =-.

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    bethallen Reply:

    Thank you, Faith! Yes, everything we do DOES create a ripple effect, that is so key for people to understand! Thanks so much for stopping by, and I’m glad you’re enjoying this series.

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  8. Beth.. there is a good reason we are becoming close friends. You have so much beauty inside your heart and soul. You make me think and you make me smile. Thanks for this post… I truly believe the tag line our attitude determines out attitude. I am flying above the clouds.

    Have a blessed day!

    Scott

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    bethallen Reply:

    Awww, thanks Scott! You just made my day! So happy to in flight with you! 🙂

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  9. Fantastic post Beth! I don’t know where I got my positive attitude from, but it’s not something that us UK people get very easily.

    I think it has been from the past 10 years of cultivating a positive mindset, reading lots of books, speaking with lots of positive people online and learning as much as possible.

    I know that if it’s to be, then it’s up to me and I live that mantra with passion 🙂

    Thanks again,
    Gavin Mountford

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    bethallen Reply:

    Thanks Gavin! I’m definitely happy that you’ve done the work to have the amazing attitude that you have ….. and your mantra is one EVERYONE should have! It is always up to each of us…..conscious choices in each and every moment. 🙂

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  10. Well… very heartfelt discussion. I have always been a believer, because I have experienced it,that conflicts and challenges – no matter what they are actually help you to become stronger, a better person if you are willing to “work” with it, and learn from it. Like Jim Rohn says “it’s easy to do something and it it’s easy not to” I don’t know the exact words.. but, your attitude that can influence everything… Thank you for a great post

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    bethallen Reply:

    I love that Jim Rohn says that too ~ because it is SO true! Everything is easy to do, and easy not to do! It all comes down to choice. Thanks for stopping by, Lesly!

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  11. Thanks Beth for this post, and passing on some of Jim Rohn’s wisdom. I agree that attitude is huge, and that a bad day as a person who is in self-development is better than a great day for a person who isn’t on this wonderful path. Thanks for the inspiring video too.

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    bethallen Reply:

    You are most welcome, Jacqueline! Glad you enjoyed my post.

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  12. You know Beth, I have always looked at myself in a different light. I’m not so worried about what others think of me because in the long run I know it’s important that I keep my attitude and self confidence in check. I believe in myself. There’s been many times where I’ve had to pull myself up by my own bootstraps and I know that I have a DNA …Determined Natural Ability that a lot of people just don;t possess. Thanks for your post here!
    .-= Bill Cowan´s last blog ..Anatomy of A Smile =-.

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    bethallen Reply:

    That’s awesome, Bill. If only more people could share your spirit and determination! Love your DNA acronym btw. 🙂

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  13. Hey Beth,

    Great post filled with so many amazing points. I totally agree that our attitude towards situations and how we think and feel about them will determine our future actions and outcomes in our lives. Having a strong and clear vision of our future that is connected with our passion is so critical for success in our lives. I love the concept of the average of 5. I share that with so many people. The idea of attitude determine altitude I heard also from a very inspiration man named Nick Vujicic. Check him out on YouTube if you have not heard of him before.

    Thanks again for all that you share.

    Make it a great day!
    God Bless,
    -ed

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    bethallen Reply:

    Thanks Edward! And I couldn’t agree more about Nick Vujicic ~ everyone should go check him out if they are not yet familiar with him! Anything IS possible as long as we say so! 🙂

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  14. Hi Beth,
    The title of this post has always been one of my favorites. You do such a thorough job discussing the power of whatever you topic you choose to write about, and this one is no exception! Jim Rohn is by far my favorite “famous” teacher; I love his work and I love his spirit, even in passing it lives on. He modeled everything he talked about, and as you say at the end of this post, ACTIVITY is central to not only a good life, but a happy life as well. Thanks for the inspiration!
    Mary Lou
    .-= Mary Lou Kayser´s last blog ..The Sweetest Words an Entrepreneur Could Ever Hear =-.

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    bethallen Reply:

    Thanks Mary Lou ~ you’ll enjoy my post next week on Activity, so be sure to stop back! 🙂

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  15. It’s so important to develop the attitude required to reach the altitude you desire.

    This is a great peek at how to develop that attitude, Beth. I especially like the idea of surrounding yourself with others who seek the same altitude. Hang out with those who will pull you up, not drag you down. I think most people know that, but so few of us really work at crafting our inner circle that will help us maintain the attitude we need to cultivate.

    Great job here, Beth, and very thorough. Thanks so much for your effort. You always impress me so much with your leadership.
    .-= David Merrill´s last blog ..Network Syndication With Tribes =-.

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    bethallen Reply:

    You are most welcome, David! You are definitely right ~ it takes doing something about it to craft a solid inner circle, but it is unbelievably worth it! 🙂

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  16. Hey Beth, how true it is, if our attitude is not in the right place our chances of gaining any altitude is very slim. It is like carrying around an anchor, not easy to fly with an anchor? DR

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    bethallen Reply:

    Definitely not easy to get very far carrying an anchor! 😉 Thanks Doug!

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  17. An Absolutely Beautiful Post Beth!
    You have written it so well and explained everything so clearly. Attitude absolutely determines everything we do in life. It either moves us forward or holds us back, no middle ground. I love when you said….

    “The very worst days experienced by someone who devotes themselves to personal growth are better than the very best days of those who do not!”

    So True! Once you devote yourself to start growing the world just changes. You are never the same. Everything, even the negative, is not as bad as it once was.

    You have inspired me Beth. I will pass this on to everyone I know. 🙂

    Thank You!

    Danielle
    .-= Danielle Zack´s last blog ..Top 3 Ways to Boost Your Brand in Social Media =-.

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    bethallen Reply:

    I really appreciate everything you said, Danielle! I am happy to have inspired you, thanks for stopping by!

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  18. Hi Beth,
    wonderful post. Thank You!

    When I became a mother, about 27 years ago I realized that I needed to change my mindset so I wouldn’t repeat the same mistakes my mother did with me.
    Ever since I have been adjusting and still am adjusting my thinking.

    You touched on a lot of aspects how our mindset affects our life and I am glad there is people like you who spread the awareness of this.

    Love and Light
    from
    Yorinda
    .-= Yorinda´s last blog ..Smile =-.

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    bethallen Reply:

    Hi Yorinda ~ yes, motherhood definitely has us look deep within ourselves and figure out the places that need more work. I am a relatively new mom (of a 2 1/2 year old), and find myself craving even more growth and wisdom so that I can pass it along to him. So glad you found your way, and continue to. Thanks for stopping by!

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  19. Hi, beth
    I really liked each of the word that you have written !!!
    Really this is first time in life I have realized what my attitude is !!!
    Thanks

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    bethallen Reply:

    Thanks Manpreet! Sounds like your eyes have been opened a bit wider …. keep expanding your mind and keeping your attitude positive and the sky’s the limit! 🙂

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  20. Our approaches, our outlook towards life either helps us build our lives if not it cause a lot of negativity. The right attitude helps us achieves our goals but something short of it or overdoing it may lead to wrong decisions.

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    bethallen Reply:

    Absolutely. It really all boils down to the esssence of Napolean Hill ~ “What the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve”! Thanks Dennis!

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  21. Great post! The mind can really do wonders, it’s the most powerful organ a human body possess.

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  22. This advice has almost become cliché, but it really is so important! How you interpret any outside circumstance will make all the difference in how you react – whether that’s giving up too soon, or persisting until you succeed. Attitude is the key starting point.

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  23. i wanted a speech on “attitude determines your ambition” would you like to help me please…. i just need some main outlines…. thanks:)

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    anum jahangir Reply:

    hey! veniza same here, i also want a speech on “your attitude determines your ambition” due to a speech contest in my whole country schools of the educators “a project of a becconhouse school system”…

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  24. Nice post.Thanks.

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  25. Thanks Beth
    One OF the best motivational passages I have read.It has indeed touched and inspired me a lot, I also made sure my daughter read it and she also had the same opinion.

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