Mar 17, 2016


               Attitude is everything –John C. Maxwell.

A PH.D without a PMA(Positive mental attitude) equals failure. Extra-ordinary people have been known to possess extra-ordinary attitudes. If you have great attitudes nothing can stop you. Conversely, if you have poor attitudes nothing can help you. Attitude is the trademark of success.

It’s a well-documented fact that your altitude in life depends absolutely on your attitude not on your aptitude. Life is what you see. Benjamin Franklin once said, "The sentence which has most influenced my life is, ‘Some persons grumble because God placed thorns among roses. Why not thank God because He placed roses among thorns?’ Many people pray for things to change but what they don’t know is: Things don’t change until we do. Change the way you see things and the things you see will change. 

 Author Charles Swindoll said: "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, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, 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 every day 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 that we have, and that is our attitude. I am convinced that life is 10 percent what happens to me and 90 percent how I react to it. And so it is with you. We are in charge of our attitudes."

Attitude will take you to places that your credentials cannot. A man in Chicago had his store razed by fire; he lost everything in the inferno.  The next day, he went to charred debris left by the fire and set up this optimistic sign “Everything lost except wife, children, and hope. Business will be resumed as usual tomorrow morning." That is the attitude that separate extra-ordinary people from ordinary people.

In this article I will outline FIVE Attitudes of Extra-ordinary people, if you learn and practice them, in time, people will look at you and say “what an extra-ordinary personality you are!” Ok, let’s see them:

1.No problem is too big to solve.

Extra-ordinary people believe that there is no problem too big to solve. They see problems as opportunity to learn, to think and, to grow. J. C Penny -a very successful businessman- once said “I am grateful for all my problems. As each of them was overcome I became stronger and more able to meet those yet to come. I grew on my difficulties” Every problem is 70% solved with right attitude alone. Extra-ordinary people when confronted with a problem, pause, think and decide. They either go through it, around it, under it, or over it. To them, problems are for solving.

2.There is nothing to Fear!

Extra-ordinary people do not walk through life scared. They possess courage: courage to start, courage to continue- and courage to win. If they fail, they learn all they can and launch a comeback. Extra-ordinary people believe that the only thing to fear is fear itself. They don’t go through life afraid, even when they have fears, they don’t allow it to stop them.  Thomas Carlyle observed, “The first duty for a man is still that of subduing fear…a man’s acts are slavish…till he have got fear under feet.”  Well, extra-ordinary people have got fears under their feet and they ride on it to success and achievement in life.

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3.Life is Beautiful!

Enthusiasm is the acme of extra-ordinary people. They are full of excitement. Life to them is to be enjoyed not to be endured. They admire the beauty of life. They think life is terrific, exciting and beautiful! Despite the problems around them, they keep positive outlook of life. Emerson wrote: “Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm” Extra-ordinary people begin the day with positive expectations, and handle everything that comes to them throughout the day with grace and calmness. They are never ruffled by little problems or disappointment that comes along the way. They are in charge! Life is fantastic and they choose to enjoy it. 

4.Why Worrying when You can Pray?

Extra-ordinary people are aware that worry is a waste of time. They never waste their time indulging in a bad habit of worry. To them, what is there to worry about? They believe miracles happen daily. If there are issues that bother them, they pray about them and leave them to God. Extra-ordinary people believe they are in partnership with God. They see prayer as a privilege not a duty.

5. Yes, I Can!

 Extra-ordinary people possess “I can” attitude. Like Apostle Paul, there daily motto is “I can do all things through Christ who lives in me.” They are never afraid to try. Henry Ford possessed this attitude. When Ford decided to produce a V-8 automobile engine, a feat nobody had ever conceived before them. He called his group of engineers to inform them “let’s do this!” The engineers were alarmed and responded “this can’t be done.”

Ford replied “Go to work.”  The engineers started work. Six months went by and they couldn’t go around it. They continued, after a year they still couldn’t do anything. They concluded “this is impossible.” So they went and reported to Ford, “there is no way around this, it is an impossible task” Ford response was “Go right ahead, I want it and I will have it”

Encouraged by the “We Can Attitude” of Henry Ford, the engineers went back to work and as if by a stroke of favour, they got it! They produced the now famous V-8 engine. Extra-ordinary people have one word missing from their dictionary: “IMPOSSIBLE”

You too can move from ordinary to extra-ordinary life if you possess these attitudes!

Related : Why do extra-ordinary people live an ordinary life?

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