Sunday, July 11, 2010

Positive Attitude Matters

"...Attitude to me is more important than facts.  It is more important than the past, than education than money, than circumstances, than failures, than success, that what other people think say or do.  It is more important than appearance, gift, or skill.  It will make or break you.  The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day...I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it.  And so it is with you...we are in charge of our attitudes." - Charles Swindoll.

Do you think this is so?  I do.   Having the positive attitude everyday is what has helped me stay somewhat in track with my goals.  Have I been following my goals, to the "T"?  no, there has been some deviations, but all in all I am accomplishing what I've set out to do.  I used to complain about not having time for exercise.  I used to complain about not having the time to cook something healthy so going through the drive-thru was faster.   And then I realized, I am probably spending the same amount of time complaining than doing.  Most of the complaining was within myself, it was an interior war everyday.   Still is.  Having a positive attitude does not happen overnight.  I am not suddenly in the right mind set to stick to my plans.  Its a choice that I do everyday, lately it has become an easier choice.     I am not thinking and working on my attitude as much anymore, however life happens and suddenly I have to catch myself and re-direct my thoughts.   I've found that I am not only having a positive attitude with my health but with my everyday interactions with others, as well as with building my part-time business.

How does one get in the right mind set, the right attitude to take care our bodies?   This article talks about it  and how to practice having a positive attitude.  My favorite tip for a positive attitude is number 2 - Feeling grateful for something.   What I feel grateful is my life.  As I sit here writing this, Eric (Child #4) is whining about wanting the paint brush that my daughter has, and my husband has pulled another paint brush, but  Eric insists he wants the one Ximena has.  I am listening to the whining and my husband explaining that if he wants a paint brush he is going to have to use the one he is giving him, while at the same time he is trying to concentrate to watch the world cup final (Spain just scored, they are practically the champion)...really for any other person all this may sound very annoying... and it really is,  but I am actually enjoying it...well not completely, but I know this is something I need to enjoy  because very soon my kids will be out doing their own thing, and resolving their own problems.  I am grateful for the family I have, I am grateful for the not so stress free moments.  I am grateful for this moment in time lol.  So there you have it, being grateful for something in your life its a step in the right direction for having a positive attitude :).

What do you guys do to help you stay in the right mind set?

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