Jeff Keller: Greatest sage Viktor Frankl on “attitude is everything”

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You Control Your Attitude Jeff Keller

Attitude is your window to the world. . . . and it’s your job to keep your window clean.  Sure, I can give you a little encouragement.  And other people can encourage you, too.  But in the end, nobody else can do it for you.You see, you always have a choice.  You can leave the filth on your window and look at life through a smeared glass.  But there are consequences to that approach–and they’re not very pretty.  You’ll go through life negative and frustrated.  You’ll be unhappy.  You’ll achieve only a fraction of what you’re capable of achieving.

There’s a better way.  When you choose to take out your squeegee and clean your window, life will be brighter and sunnier.  You’ll be healthier and happier.  You’ll get some ambitious goals, and begin to achieve them.  Your dreams will come alive again!

Still doubting whether you really have the power to change your attitude?  Perhaps you’re thinking, “Jeff, that’s easy for you to say.  Your attitude wouldn’t be so good if you had my problems.”

Granted, some really devastating things may have happened to you.  You may have endured much suffering.  Perhaps you’re going through some tough times right now.  But, even under the worst circumstances, I still contend that you have the power to choose your attitude.  I’m not saying it’s easy.  But the fact remains, the choice is yours.

Let me tell you about a man who is well qualified to speak on the subject of attitude.  His name is Dr. Viktor Frankl, and he went through hell on earth–and managed not only to survive, but to inspire millions of people.  You see, Viktor Frankl endured years of horror as a prisoner in the Nazi death camps.

To make matters worse, his father, mother, brother and his wife died in camps or were killed in gas chambers.  Every day, Frankl and the other prisoners suffered from hunger, cold and brutality.  Can a person control his or her attitude in a situation like that?  Here’s what Dr. Frankl had to say about the importance of attitude in his best-selling book, Man’s Search for Meaning:“Everything can be taken from a man but one thing:  the last of the human freedoms–to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way. . . . Even though conditions such as lack of sleep, insufficient food and various mental stresses may suggest that the inmates were bound to react in certain ways, in the final analysis it becomes clear that the sort of person the prisoner became was the result of an inner decision, and not the result of camp influences alone.”

Now, if Dr. Frankl and the other prisoners had the ability to choose their attitudes in the face of such unspeakable suffering, who are we to claim that we cannot take control of our attitudes?

As Hugh Downs has said:  “A happy person is not a person in a certain set of circumstances, but rather a person with a certain set of attitudes.”  That’s a powerful statement–and it’s the truth.

When it’s all said and done, you, and you alone, control your attitude.

Attitude Is Everything

Jeff Keller

Attitude is Everything

Jeff Keller

You, too, have the ability to transform your own life and soar to new heights of success and fulfillment.  Whether your attitude is negative, positive, or somewhere in between, this book will show you how to take control of your life and unleash your incredible potential.  This is a book that will show you how to change your attitude. . . . and change your life!\

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Attitude is Everything

Yes – attitude is everything.  So what does this mean, especially  during an emergency, disaster, or catastrophic event?

I am convinced and truly believe that the most  important thing is one’s  attitude.  I am also aware that in our society where personal  responsibility and owning one’s choices is not the essential value it  should be, choosing an  appropriate attitude is exceedingly difficult.  It is even more  difficult during a situation where you are gripped with stress, anxiety, and fear.

One’s attitude during trying times sets the context or foundation for all the actions taken – or not taken.  Attitude often determines  whether your actions and intentions will succeed or fail.  Attitude can  often be the difference between life or death – hope or despair – calm  or chaos – order or confusion – love or hate – selflessness or  selfishness.  Your attitude is your state of mind – your thoughts, and  to be able to control and choose how you are going to think and behave  in challenging times requires great discipline and focus.  It requires a positive and confident outlook and inlook – a  constant awareness of the consequences and results of the attitude you  embrace.  The benefits of a constructive and encouraging attitude should be self-evident, as are the realities of the struggle in persevering  during difficult trials.

The development of a proper and victorious attitude requires  determination, strength of will, and constant attention.  If you are  with those who also understand the importance of attitude, mutually  support each other continually.  For believers earnest prayer is  essential.

To encourage you in understanding the value and the importance of  developing the right attitude during overwhelming circumstances, I  recommend one of the great and influential books written in the 20th  century.  I use it in my philosophy classes as required reading, and the response from students is significant.  The book is titled Man’s  Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl.  He was a doctor who  survived four concentration camps during the Holocaust.  While there are many books written on the importance of a positive attitude, Frankl’s  experiences and the conditions he endured give him an extraordinary  perspective.   His insights on attitude during the worst of  circumstances is invaluable.

“Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the  human freedoms – to choose one’s attitude in any given set of  circumstances, to choose one’s own way.”     Viktor Frankl

“Frankl’s wisdom here is worth emphasizing: it is a question of the attitude one takes toward life’s challenges and opportunities, both large and  small.  A positive attitude enables a person to endure suffering and  disappointment as well as enhance enjoyment and satisfaction.  A  negative attitude intensifies pain and deepens disappointments.”      William Winslade in the Afterword to Man’s Search for Meaning  (2006 printing)

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7 Ways To Improve Your Attitude

 
      
Posted by Vlad Mihu
 

“Everything can be taken from a man but one thing; the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.”

 

– Viktor Frankl

Attitude is everything. Yes, Everything.

It is more vital than events. It’s more important than what’s happened. Because attitude determines whether we are happy or unhappy, fulfilled or empty, the positive perspective assures us that we can never fail. A hopeful attitude guarantees internal success. Attitude- the altitude adjuster determines whether we fly high or low, crash or soar, glide or slide.

Anybody can have a positive attitude when things are going well. What really matters is its how you act when things are going badly that determines the strength of your character. An appropriate attitude means feeling hopeful in challenging times. Stop yourself. Count your blessings. Look for the good. Here are the magnificent 7 ways to improve your attitude:

 

1. Choose to be Enthusiastic

 

Corporate presidents voted it the most valuable personality trait. It’s the biggest single factor in successful selling. Think enthusiastically. Talk enthusiastically. Become enthusiastic by acting enthusiastic. Your thoughts and actions establish your level of enthusiasm.

 

2. Be Alive to Everything You Do

 

Walk fast. Put a bounce in your step. A vigorous, hearty handshake indicates you are glad to be alive and happy to be with the other person. A good smile radiates enthusiasm. Put spirit into your speech by varying the tempo, raising and lowering the pitch, changing the tone and modulation. Force yourself to act with enthusiasm, and soon you will feel enthusiastic.

 

3. Broadcast Good News

 

No one ever made a friend or accomplished anything worthwhile by transmitting bad news. Good news, on the other hand, promotes good will and spreads enthusiasm. The message, “Hey! I’ve got good news” gets the attention of everyone. Take sunshine to school or work. Always aim to make the person you talk to feel better than they otherwise would.

 

4. The Power of Visualization

 

Imagination powerfully influences successful outcomes. When imagination and willpower compete, the imagination always wins. Force of will never keep you striving for success, but proper visualization will. All peak performers visualize success. Before you try to do anything, close your eyes and visualize yourself doing it well.

 

5. Positive Self-Talk

 

What did you say to yourself today? Did you moan and groan about everyone at school or work? Did you complain about your parents to your best friend? What we think is 100% reflected in how we feel. If all we think about is negative thoughts, our actions will be negative. Remember “I’m a 10! I’m Healthy! Wealthy! Happy! I do what I ought to do, when I ought to do it, whether I want to or not! No Debate! I love me!”

 

6. Love Others

 

How can we become more loving? By bringing encouragement, optimism, and hope to all that we meet. By helping others feel comfortable in our presence. By spreading joy and goodwill. By being concerned about the wishes and desires of others. By understanding, caring, accepting, and forgiving. By becoming more concerned about helping others achieve their individual desires.

 

7. Never Miss 1 to 6 Above

 

I think, I need not tell you the importance of this point!

Go, choose your Attitude and choose your own way!

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