Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Attitude is Everything!

I just finished reading this book, Attitude is Everything by Keith Harrell. I got a reinforcement to change my attitude on some of my perspectives about life. Read the following summary of this book that I wrote, I guarantee that you're gonna get some insights like i did.

Your attitude today determines your success tomorrow!

Attitude is the foundation and support of everything we do, a key element in the process of controlling our destiny and achieving mastery in our personal and professional life.

Our attitude is often one of the first things people notice about us.

There are 10 life steps-changing steps to turning attitude into action:

Step 1 Understand The Power of Attitude

Tap into the power of our attitude.

Step 2 Choose to Take Charge of Our Life

Recognize that our choices today impact our success tomorrow. Taking charge and staying in control is an attitude of choice.

Step 3 Identify through Self Awareness the Attitudes that Hold Us Back or Propel our Forward

Haha.. Keller points out that there are three bad attitude baggages that everybody kinda own:

  1. If-Only baggage (the one that has to do with the past)

  2. What-now baggage (the one that relates on underpressure feeling about the present)

  3. What-if baggage (the one that relates on worries about the future)

Those baggages have to be reframed (Step 4)

Step 4 Reframe Our Bad Attitude


  1. Change perspective

  2. Determine the value of life experience

  3. To feel gratitude and to give forgiveness

  4. To love

Step 5 Find Our Purpose and Passion

Have a clear purpose and passion → create the vision, goals, and plans

Step 6 Be Pre-active

Mind set: It is important to be prepared, never give up, never quit, and know that you have ability to overcome anything (be positive!).

Step 7 Discover How to Motivate Yourself

Supply the energy and enthusiasm to keep us going.

To work well, we should have these five attributes:

  1. Be uniquely ours

  2. Be uplifting

  3. Deal with what is going on at that moment

  4. Paint a picture in our mind

  5. Touch our heart

    Use our tool kit:

    1. Self-coaching through affirmations

    2. Self-motivation through discovering our motives

    3. The power of visualization

    4. Attitude talk for positive internal dialogue

    5. The power of words- WOW

    6. The power in a positive greeting

    7. Enthusiasm, a vital tool for staying motivated

    8. Connecting to your spiritual empowerment

    9. Lighten up your life with humor

    10. Exercising will keep you motivated

Step 8 Build Supportive Relationship

The people you allow to embrace your life ultimately have the greatest impact on your attitude.

Values for building A Team:

  1. Integrity

  2. Respect

  3. Honesty

  4. Accountability

  5. Faith

  6. Love

  7. Health

  8. Wisdom

  9. Compassion

  10. Achievement

  11. Recognition

Step 9 See Change as an Opportunity

Develop a whatever-it-takes attitude.

There are 4 basic ways to respond to change:

  1. Shift into neutral

  2. Adopt a negative attitude

  3. Adopt a counterproductive attitude

  4. Adopt a positive attitude

Step 10 Leave a Lasting Legacy

Make a mark that cannot be erased!

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