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The Attitude Ladder

"Attitude is everything" is a common phrase. But it's also very true.

Your attitude affects everything you do. It affects how others see you and respond to you. It ultimately affects who you become as a person.

Below is an article I read about the "Attitude Ladder"


Look at the list below and mark which statement best fits you when it comes to trying new things. Find out if you are happy with where you're at on the attitude latitude scale.

Are you very open to new ways of doing things? Do you like to think about them for a while or do you go forward anyway, but full of doubt? Or do you just go with the attitude of "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" and only resort to new things when you absolutely have to?

Obviously you'll be more relaxed, and therefore higher up the latitude scale, in some things than others. But in general, where on the scale do you fit? Note where you fit at present. Are you satisfied with that?

If not, next time you have the opportunity to try something new, or to do something you haven't done before, try for the next item UP the scale. Consciously say it to yourself in regard to the situation you are facing.

For example, if, right now, you feel you fit mostly in the "I wish I could" range, your challenge for next time is to be at the "I want to" mark. Once you are comfortable there, move on up to the "I think I might" point and so on, until you are at the top. "I will" and "I did" are both top of the line, class A attitudes.

You deserve them, and your life will improve the closer you get to them.

So take the time NOW, to consider where you are.

You can even have different colored markings for different areas of your life, different types of challenges. And then just keep moving on up till your attitude latitude is right on top of the heap.

Here's the Attitude ladder you will be climbing, starting at the top and working down:

- I did it!
 - I will do it
 - I can do it
 - I probably can do it
 - I might try to do it
 - I'll think about trying to do it
 - I do want to do it
 - I wish I could, but I'm not sure I can do it
 - I don't know how to do it
 - I can't do it
 - I won't try because I know I can't do it


I thought this was an awesome article.  It really makes you think.

Where do you fit right now? Remember, attitude is everything.

When you say to yourself "I can't", in any form, you are programming yourself for defeat. The more often you think it, or say it, to yourself the more you believe it.

Give things a positive twist, say to yourself... "I will do it!" or "I will do it with the help of 'X' and/or 'Y'". The 'X' and/or 'Y'  could be a person/people, but it could also be strategies, tools, courses, whatever you need to arrive at your desired destination.

The latitude of your attitude determines your chance of success. You can do it. You just have to believe it and keep a positive attitude towards your goals.

Now, go climb that ladder!!

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Lesley2901 wrote 73 months ago:
Great blog, really interesting and motivating too.
beautifullyblessed16 wrote 73 months ago:
Interesting indeed! Thanks!
susannahcooks wrote 73 months ago:
Gives new meaning to the Jimmy Buffet song "changes in latitude, changes in attitude..." :).. I'm usually of the mind of "i can probably do it". I thank my parents for putting that into my head as a kid. :)
cordianet wrote 73 months ago:
Reminds me of a quote I posted today: “The last of the human freedoms is to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances.” ~Victor E. Frankl
dcooperp wrote 73 months ago:
Thanks for sharing!
ihad wrote 73 months ago:
Nice framework for thinking about where you are. I can easily trace my journey on it.

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