Friday, August 17, 2007
The Winning Attitude is my hope in my struggle against negative attitude. It says that I can improve and actually become a winner. It is about developing a mindset that creates peace, determination and success.
Struggling with a negative attitude is a problem for me. If I have a problem, negative attitude seems to make the problem worse. For instance, if I have lots of schoolwork to perform all at the same time, I begin to feel anxious. How can I possibly finish them all in one sitting? I begin to doubt my capacity for time management. I would think that devoting four hours of study time for all subjects is not enough. As such, my problem does not get resolved. Actually, it turns worse because negative thinking enters my system. If only I learned about The Winning Atittude earlier, I would not have to make this struggle. I would not have to spend some time thinking how and what to finish from among my schoolwork. This time, to begin with, is time which I could have used doing my schoolwork. That is why the book is important because it teaches me to have the right attitude. It is accepted that attitude brings about peace, happiness, acceptance, and success. It is the main force that will ascertain whether I will succeed. In the same way, it can determine too if I will fail. This double face suggests that I can transform a difficulty into something favorable. It suggests that every difficulty presents opportunity, so the book says. Since this is so, it means that I can create the right attitude in dealing with my bulk of schoolwork. I may not have enough time to do them overnight. Nonetheless, it pays to make use of time outside my study habit. Whether on the way home from school or going there, I can start answering schoolwork. Being positive also helps because it takes away the anxiety. If I worry less, my mind becomes clearer. I can think then of ways to resolve my problem. Having the right attitude can teach me to plot my available time. It can teach me to set my priority subjects. I can start with the hardest, say, Accounting down to the easiest. For growing difficulty, I can start with the easiest. I do not have control of the bulk of assignments to be given to me. What I can control is my attitude toward these assignments. If I can see beyond the difficulty of answering everything in one sitting, I will feel convenient. I will have the confidence that I will be able to finish. If I do not get to finish, I can always think positively that before going to school tomorrow, my time is enough to do so.
One insight used in the book is a story about Jesus. This is essential because it enumerates many principles. One, that I should not misuse the Bible. This means I should not see the story in a surface level. I learned that the elements of Jesus’ story symbolize areas in my life as a Christian. The story gives me the lesson of obedience to God. Obeying Jesus can be done even when not in the right place. I understand then that the right place is the church, for going to mass is a form of obedience. I can still be obedient even outside the church. This insight is important because I am not always inside the church. The many places I go to can be areas where I can obey God. If I have to relate this with my schoolwork problem above, this means obeying God even when I have problems like that. What obedience am I being obliged to do? It is to trust God that I can make it. The bulk of schoolwork can be a discouraging problem. Nonetheless, I should not doubt myself because God can help me through it. I can obey God by believing that God makes me wise enough to deal with this problem. Obedience to God is an insight that creates the winning attitude.
This insight may help me in the light of my personal businesses now. I am studying, so I can always obey God by trusting that my schoolwork may be managed somehow. They may be many and difficult, but schoolwork can be easy with God as guide. In my personal life, obedience to God is an ideal attitude. Having God as master can give me the confidence to approach any situation. Obedience to him can make me expect that I will eventually achieve my personal goals, which include getting by in my studies. In my future as a professional, I can have the power to deal with any circumstance with God around me. Obeying Him even when not in the best of times makes me act consistently. Having a focus like this can lead me to my desires, which include success in my own business.
When and where do I practice this winning attitude of obeying God? It is not only when I am inside the church. I can do it in school and home, where His presence can be felt in my classmates and family. When I have problems and even when I have none, an attitude that works is to obey God. This is because I can never think or go wrong when letting myself be led by God.