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Only a mediocre person is always at his best.
-- W. Somerset Maugham


Friday, September 19, 2003

Choose an attitude

In some ways, your attitude is the easiest thing to change because you can do it all by yourself. In other ways, your attitude is the most difficult thing to change because ultimately you must do it yourself.

Most other limitations take significant time and energy to overcome. By contrast, a limiting attitude can be changed in an instant into an empowering one.

Even so, affecting that change can at times seem to be an insurmountable challenge. That usually is the case when you identify too closely with your attitude, thinking that it is you and you are it.

You are, in fact, not your attitude. You are the person who creates, controls and maintains that attitude; it is yours to use and direct as you see fit.

No matter what other things may be going on, you can always -- always -- live with a positive, forward-looking, empowering attitude. It is not the least bit painful, nor does it require any special skills or resources.

All it takes is a willingness to exercise the control over your attitude that you already possess. At any time, in any circumstance, choose an attitude that will make life great.

— Ralph Marston

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