“And it is your attitude, not your achievements, that gives you happiness and is contagious in its positive impact on others.”
What is it that people will remember most about us that will have long standing power long after we are gone? Is it how much money we make? Is it all of the achievements we would have accomplished? The answer is no. Money eventually is spent and becomes obsolete and unless your personal achievements significantly impact others for future generations to come it is more than likely that these will fall to wayside too. What people will remember most about you is how you conducted yourself each and everyday. How you treated others. Did you build someone up or tear them down? Like author and motivational speaker John Maxwell emphasizes in today’s quote is that it is our attitude that impacts our own happiness and can positively influence others. The beauty behind it all is that our attitude and how we choose to conduct ourselves on a daily basis comes from our innate ability to successfully regulate our emotions, thoughts and behaviors.
We have more control over things than we think we do. We decide whether we are going to be positive or negative, happy or sad. Let me say that again: we decide. If we think life stinks, then it will. If we think life is awesome and we know it is what we make it, we are right about that too. In the movie Forrest Gump one of the most famous lines in the movie was, “Life is like a box of chocolate. You never know what you are gonna get.” Forrest Gump is right in this thinking because we don’t know what is in store for us and our life until it happens but we can control our attitude as to how we react to what happens to us. If we choose to be happy we will be and this level of happiness will cause a domino effect where we positively influence others making them happy and in turn their happiness transfers to someone else and so on.
Remember….it is important for us all to live an attitude of gratitude too. We have a lot to be grateful for: friends, family, a job, a roof over head and just that fact we are even alive. Life is a gift. It is not perfect, but what really is? As long as we live a life of serving others and making it our mission to have a positive impact on their lives we can rest our head easy a night knowing that our efforts will in fact make a difference in the lives of others.
What does this quote mean to you and how can you apply today’s message towards managing yourself better?