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What is a positive mental attitude and why is it important in our lives and for our success?  To answer this question, we first need to understand exactly how we define attitude what it is and what it means.

It is important to understand what this means.  What is attitude ? Where does it come from? How does it develop or is it formed? How does it influence our lives?

Components of Attitude

Attitude has three different components:

  • Affective: The emotional component, how we feel about something, whether we feel positive, negative or neutral.
  • Cognitive: The beliefs and information that we have about something, whether it is correct or not.
  • Behavioural: The tendency to behave in a particular way towards something, whether it is a positive or negative response to the stimuli (Business Dictionary, 2014; Rajoo, 2014; MBA Official, 2014, Dhavale, 2011).

So, the way we feel about something and what we belief about something (right or wrong) will influence how we react to something.

How is attitude  formed?

There are different opinions about how attitude s are formed.  Some people believe they are influenced by our physical well being, our environment and our feelings (Glover, 2014).

Other opinions suppose that our attitude s are formed by our judgments or evaluations of people, society, objects, events and occurrences, based on our values and beliefs. These beliefs include our beliefs in ourselves, in life and in the future (Rajoo, 2014). Similarly some people believe attitude  can be formed from a person’s past and present (Wikipedia, 2014a). Still others believe attitude s are formed through all these means, based on our experiences, knowledge and our interactions with other people (Dhavale, 2011).

Whether what we believe have been influenced by our physical well being, our environment, our feelings, our judgments, our evaluations, society, events, our past or present; in the end the attitude  that we have is a natural product of the integration of our self-worth, self-concepts, self-esteem and sense of value and significance. It is essentially the manifestation of who you think YOU are (Munroe, 2005:31).

 

How does attitude  influence our lives?

Attitude influences our behaviour and it becomes a habit that we repeat over and over (Glover, 2014). We live our lives based on our attitude s, in other words based on who we think we are.

We are what we believe.  Our thoughts create our beliefs. Our beliefs create our convictions, our convictions create our attitude s, our attitude s control our perceptions and our perceptions dictate our behaviour. We truly live in a world that we create through our thoughts and attitudes. Our lives are what we think it should be (Munroe, 2005:143).

Attitude works together with our other major personality components, namely our goals and mode. Our goals are what we want most deeply out of life, in general and in any specific situation. Our mode is how we go about obtaining our goals. Attitude therefore has an enormous influence on our lives.

What is attitude ?
Some researchers postulate that in a broader sense there is only two attitude s, namely positive or negative (Rajoo, 2014), while others add a third, namely neutral (Dhavale, 2011). Others mention seven different attitude s (Attitude: Your way of viewing life, 2014), while some believe in many different attitude s. Other researchers again state that there are many diverse attitudes, but they all fall into either a positive or negative category (Dhavale, 2011).

The seven options represent three pairs of polar plus one neutral option.

Realism and Cynicism

Both realism and cynicism focus on hard facts which can be acted upon. Both have a down-to-earth, solid, evidence-based approach reflecting what actually occurs in life, but in opposite ways. Realists look at all the facts to assess the most plausible explanations and reasonable predictions. Cynics on the other hand challenge non-facts and only believe in proven facts (Attitude: Your way of viewing life, 2014).

Idealism and Skepticism

Idealism and Skepticism take an intellectual/imaginative view of life. Idealists conceive of reality in terms of ideas that express a sense of great perfection or inherent possibilities. Skeptics refuse to accept false ideas, so they put dubious-sounding ideas to the test, or simply reject them outright (Attitude: Your way of viewing life, 2014).

Spiritualism and Stoicism

Those who have either Spiritualism or Stoicism give their lives a consistent emotional meaning or sense of order. They look for higher meanings or universal truths that have a consistent emotional quality. Spiritualists make sense of life in whatever way brings greater comfort and joy – this usually means believing in something esoteric which gives life a higher meaning. Stoics refuse to allow any experience of life to disturb their inner peace and calm (Attitude: Your way of viewing life, 2014).

Pragmatism

Those with a pragmatic attitude don’t really care about viewing things this way or that way. Pragmatists just take in whatever information is useful right now and then move on (Attitude: Your way of viewing life, 2014).
We can probably relate to all seven attitude s in some way, but our personalities are marked by one dominant attitude (Attitude: Your way of viewing life, 2014).
In a general sense, these categories are expressed through a whole list of possible specific attitude s. These should not be confused with personality traits. Personality traits are more rigid and permanent, whereas attitude s may change with different situations and experiences in life. Personality traits are what humans are endowed with whereas attitude s are learned and acquired.

Some other examples of attitudes include:

  • Confidence (can-do / can’t-do)
  • Optimism (optimistic or hopeful / pessimistic)
  • Interest (apathetic or indifferent / interested)
  • Seriousness (playful or humorous / serious)
  • Cheerful (cheerful / uncheerful or dour)
  • Grateful (entitled / grateful)
  • Superiority (superior, pompous, arrogant or lofty / humble or unpretentious)
  • Condescending (condescending / egalitarian)
  • Openness (open / closed)
  • Authority (authoritative / unauthoritative)
  • Sincerity (sincere / insincere)
  • Trusting (trusting / cynical)
  • Loving (loving / cold)
  • Satisfaction (satisfied / dissatisfied)
  • Hostility (hostile or vindictive / nurturing)
  • Considerate (considerate / inconsiderate)
  • Cautious (cautious / reckless)
  • Friendly (friendly / unfriendly)
  • Conscientiousness (conscientious / unconscientious)
  • Insolent (insolent, impudent or sassy / agreeable)
  • Suspicious (suspicious / unsuspicious)
  • • Tolerant (tolerant or accepting / intolerant or unaccepting)
  • Sarcasm (sarcastic / straightforward)
  • Helpfulness (helpful or obliging / unobliging)
  • Effort (lazy / diligent)
  • Inclusivity (inclusive / exclusive)
  • Tenacity (Dhavale, 2011).

Attitude can be changed

Attitudes are nothing more than habits of thought produced by self image, self-worth, and self-esteem and habits can be acquired and altered by reconditioning of the mind (Munroe, 2005:219).
Since attitude s are habits, they are learned behaviours, that can be measured and changed if necessary (Wikipedia, 2014a; Glover, 2014, Dhavale, 2011).
To change our attitudes we need to change the way we think, behave and feel. This could be a difficult task since it is difficult to control our feelings. It is therefore easier to start with the other two components, namely our thinking and behaviour (Dhavale, 2011).

The Power of Attitude

Attitude dictates your response to the present and determines the quality of your future. You are your attitude and your attitude is you (Munroe, 2005:31)

Attitude and Success

The day we take responsibility for our attitude s is the day we truly grow up and open the doorway to success (Munroe, 2005:220).
There are very few things that are more powerful than attitude . Attitude dictates your response to the present and determines the quality of your future. You are your attitude and your attitude is you (Munroe, 2005:31). Winston Churchill said “Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference” (Davale, 2011)
If we look at the attitude of optimism as an example, we can see how it influences our lives. An optimistic person would be more relaxed sharing with others; would take more risks and would give their all because they would see the opportunity in everything. They therefore attract positive, generous people, work opportunities that were engaging and relationships that were fulfilling (Positive Thinking Principles, 2014).
Your attitude creates your world and designs your destiny. It determines your success or failures in any venture in life. You have to control your attitude to control your life, because if you do not control your attitude , your attitude will control you (Munroe, 2005:31).
More opportunities have been lost, withheld, and forfeited because of attitude than any other cause. Attitude is the most powerful distinction in life; more than power, title, social status, wealth and poverty. It can keep you poor or it can open doors to find the meaning in your life. Attitude is the distinguishing factor between a winner and a loser. We live our attitude s and our attitude s create our lives. Our lives are based on who we think we are (Munroe, 2005:31).
There is nothing on earth as powerful as a thought or an idea. We are what we think, and we become what we continue to think. You cannot rise above the plane of your mental conditioning. To change your life, you must change your mind (Munroe, 2005:125). Your attitude is largely a result of your self-concept the picture you have of yourself (Munroe, 2005:128).
Attitude and Success
Nothing is more dangerous than power in the hands of one who suffers from a sense of mental inferiority (Munroe, 2005:179). Your ability to lead depends on the attitude produced by your self-image, sense of self-worth and self-esteem (Munroe, 2005:217).
Generally a society cannot produce a leader that is better than itself because that leader usually gets his or her beliefs from the society (Munroe, 2005:185). Nelson Mandela seems to be the exception to this rule. When it comes to facing your problems with a positive attitude , there is no greater example than him. He made an immeasurable difference during his time on earth due to the fact that his attitude was unfailingly positive (Price Juggins, 2013).
Attitude has and will always be the gatekeeper to success. Good habits of attitude are more important than natural brilliance. However, brilliance is not a limited commodity for a select few. It is abundant in people, but many people do not achieve success because they acquire bad habits and sabotage themselves. This makes success impossible. Choosing the right attitude allows you to live up to your potential (Price Juggins, 2013).

The day we take responsibility for our attitude s is the day we truly grow up and open the doorway to success (Munroe, 2005:220). Develop a positive mental attitude to achieve the success of your dreams.

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  • The way we feel about something and what we belief about something (right or wrong) will influence how we react to something.
  • The attitude  we have is a natural product of the integration of our self-worth, self-concepts, self-esteem and sense of value and significance. It is essentially the manifestation of who you think YOU are (Munroe, 2005:31).
  • Attitude influences our behaviour and it becomes a habit that we repeat over and over (Glover, 2014).
  • We are what we believe. 
  • We truly live in a world that we create through our thoughts and attitudes.
  • Personality traits are what humans are endowed with whereas attitude s are learned and acquired.
  • Since attitude s are habits, they are learned behaviours, that can be measured and changed if necessary (Wikipedia, 2014a; Glover, 2014, Dhavale, 2011).
  • To change our attitudes we need to change the way we think, behave and feel.
  • There are very few things that are more powerful than attitude . Attitude dictates your response to the present and determines the quality of your future.
  • You are your attitude  and your attitude  is you (Munroe, 2005:31).
  • You have to control your attitude  to control your life, because if you do not control your attitude , your attitude  will control you (Munroe, 2005:31).
  • Attitude is the most powerful distinction in life; more than power, title, social status, wealth and poverty. It can keep you poor or it can open doors to find the meaning in your life.
  • Attitude is the distinguishing factor between a winner and a loser. We live our attitude s and our attitude s create our lives. Our lives are based on who we think we are (Munroe, 2005:31).
  • Your attitude  is largely a result of your self-concept the picture you have of yourself (Munroe, 2005:128).
  • Generally a society cannot produce a leader that is better than itself because that leader usually gets his or her beliefs from the society (Munroe, 2005:185)
  • Attitude has and will always be the gatekeeper to success.
  • Good habits of attitude  are more important than natural brilliance.
  • Choosing the right attitude  allows you to live up to your potential (Price  Juggins, 2013).
  • The day we take responsibility for our attitude s is the day we truly grow up and open the doorway to success (Munroe, 2005:220).

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