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What drives your attitude?
What determines your thoughts, words, and actions on a daily basis?
How do you shape and shift your responses to circumstances and challenges?
The ability to monitor and control one’s attitude is fundamental for any measure of success, personally and professionally. Attitude determines action, and action determines trajectory.
Lou Holtz, the incredibly successful former Notre Dame coach, once said: “Life is 10% what happens to you, and 90% how you respond to it.” He later expounded on his belief in the power of attitude: “Life is about choices. You can choose to be happy or sad; to believe or doubt; to act or procrastinate; to help or heal; to succeed or fail. It’s your choice”.
So what determines your attitude most: your own internal drive and determination, or external forces and factors?
Here are two great stories about two very different attitudes.
Story 1: Brother Leo
“In the 13th century France, there was a monastery known throughout Europe for the exceptional leadership of one of its monks, Brother Leo. Brother Leo was one of a few close and trusted companions of St. Francis of Assisi.
Having heard of Brother Leo’s reputation...
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