Changing your attitude..leave it at the door

by Angela Brooks

Excellence can be obtained if you:
…care more than others think is wise;
…risk more than others think is safe;
…dream more than others think is practical;
…expect more than others think is possible.”




How is your attitude? When you get up in the morning are you grumbling because you have to get up or are you glad to see another day?

After working the night shift for a grand total of 25 years. I am moving to the day light hours of 7am – 3pm shift. I have a big adjustment to make in when I go to bed and hitting the floor at 4 AM. How I start my day is going to depend on me not anyone else.

Working with people you quickly learn the moods and attitudes of those around you and how they will respond to certain events. We all have things going on in our life that is important to us. However, when you go to work, when you go to an event, check your attitude at the door. Leave it in the car, the trunk, the closet; drop it in the trash before you pollute the air with a negative attitude.

It only takes one person who has a frown on their face to pollute the surrounding for others. You know the one person I am talking about. They walk in the room like someone has just stolen the only smile they owned and they are going to make everyone around them pay dearly because they are having a bad day.

Then here you walk in all smiles, glad to be where you are, happy to see people and you get polluted with the smog of negative attitude as soon as you get within 15 feet of them.

You need, no wait; you have to have someone in your life that lifts you up. We all have people whom as soon as you start doing something to change, or reach a goal. The negative people seem to fall out of the sky around you.

Positive attitude changes everything in you. It keeps your face from frowning, it keeps you moving forward, it lightens the room when you walk in, and no matter what a negative person says to you it doesn’t stick on you like glue.

Getting rid of a negative attitude takes time to learn. Sometimes our very own work environments reinforce the negative thoughts. As a nurse the last things a patient wants to see is your bad day coming down the hall.

People are afraid to fail.

If you have fear in your life and you do not reach for a new goal or a dream you have always had you are living under the cloud of other people’s opinion. If you fail you tried – you learned and it is time to go again.

“You are responsible for all of your experiences of life.”

This statement is absolutely true but it is somewhat of a trick. The trick is that it does not say “in life” but “of life.” You are not responsible for everything that happens to you, but you are responsible for how you react to what does happen to you. The formula is that, “Life acts. You react.” Your reaction is under your control. In any life situation you are always responsible for at least one thing. You are always responsible for the attitude towards the situation in which you find yourself. Your attitude is your reaction to what life hands you. You can have either a more positive or a more negative attitude. Your attitude is under your control and can be changed. With the right attitude you can be a resilient person.

PJ McClure, the mindsetmaven says: Human nature takes us toward what is easiest and poses the least resistance. From the middle of the pack it seems like standing still and keeping others down is easier. When you’re in mediocrity up to your nose, the idea of pushing others up looks like a lot of work. The voice in your ear says, “It’s too hard to be great. You don’t really have it in you anyway. Those in the front must have cheated or hurt people to get where they are.”

It’s a lie.

When you take the time to shift your attention away from the voice in your ear to the voice in your heart, you hear the truth. “I made you with greatness. You are far stronger than anything you will ever face. Stop worrying about the front of the pack and focus on the edge of possibility. That’s what you were designed for.”

Who will you listen to? Which voice will you honor?

Turn your energy toward being your best and away from attacks, regardless of how subtle. Head good advice, but ignore the haters. The reward of your best life is waiting.

Make sure to comment and let me know what you have done or plan to do that pushes the edge of your possibility. Be your best.

Angela Brooks is a leading distributor of Young Living Essential Oils. Dedicated to natural health solutions, Brooks provides people with healing alternatives without harsh side effects. Additionally, Brooks is a mental health nurse of 21 plus years and author of the new best seller on amazon committed to bringing mental happiness to the nursing profession by motivating and supporting nurses around the country.

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Angela Brooks is a retired nurse after 25 years in mental health. She used her lunch breaks to build her business part time on the night shift. Her car became a mobile university as she listened to business training, coaching calls on CD and phone webinars. She blogged while she was at her sons' baseball practices.

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