One of the most important steps you can take toward achieving your greatest potential in life is to learn to monitor your attitude and its impact on your work performance, relationships and everyone around you.

What attitude did you bring into this article? Often, this brings puzzled looks. In truth, people generally do not have a high level of attitude awareness . They will know if they are hungry or if their feet hurt, but they usually do not have a good handle on their attitude. That is a mistake because attitude is everything. It governs the way you perceive the world and the way the world perceives you.

We all have a choice . We can choose an inner dialogue of self-encouragement and self- motivation or we can choose one of self-defeat and self-pity. It is a power we all have. Each of us encounters hard times, hurt feelings, heartache and physical and emotional pain. The key is to realize it is not what happens to you that matters; it is how you choose to respond.

Your mind is a computer that can be programmed. You can choose whether the software installed is productive or unproductive. Your inner dialogue is the software that programs your attitude, which determines how you present yourself to the world around you. You have control over the programming. Whatever you put into it is reflected in what comes out.

Many of us have behavior patterns today that were programmed into our brains at a very tender age. The information that was recorded by our brain could have been completely inaccurate or cruel. The sad reality of life is that we will continue to hear negative information, but we do not have to program it into our brain.

The loudest and most influential voice you hear is your own inner voice, your self-critic. It can work for or against you, depending on the messages you allow . It can be optimistic or pessimistic. It can wear you down or cheer you on. You control the sender and the receiver, but only if you consciously take responsibility for and control over your inner conversation.

Habitual bad attitudes are often the product of past experiences and events. Common causes include low self-esteem, stress, fear, resentment, anger and an inability to handle change. It takes serious work to examine the roots of a harmful attitude, but the rewards of ridding ourselves of this heavy baggage can last a lifetime.

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Here are ten strategies from the attitude tool kit to improve your attitude:

  1. Self-Coaching through affirmations
  2. Self-Motivation through discovering your motives
  3. The power of visualization
  4. Attitude Talk for Positive Internal Dialogue
  5. The power of words-WOW(Watch Your Words)
  6. The power in a positive greeting
  7. Enthusiasm – vital tool for staying motivated
  8. Connecting to your spiritual empowerment
  9. Lighten up your life with humor
  10. Exercising will help keep you motivated

Seek your personal and professional success by using the tools in this attitude tool kit. It is no secret that life seems to reward us most when we approach the world with a positive attitude.

Ability is what you are capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.