Attitude is the Difference

10 Jan

Have you ever wondered why some people just always seem upbeat and vibrant about life?

Have you ever said to yourself that this person just does not have my situations?

Have you thought that maybe they were born with the ability to always stay positive?

I did, for many years I thought something must be was wrong with people who always seemed happy and joyful about their situations, they must be pretending. In my younger years, I always looked at things in life as fun and on the bright side, but as I got older and the responsibilities started piling up, I could not find that something that I was passionate about and that could keep that positive outlook on life. I believed it was circumstances that made me have a positive or negative outlook; I was always looking for an outside event or person to make me happy.

I want to share with you that you can have a positive attitude. It is simply a choice. It may not always be easy, but the greatest minds in the world agree that it is not what happens to you that matters, but how you respond to what happens to you.

Today I have used sources from Top Leadership GuruOrrin Woodward, especially his new book Resolved, as well as other books, online sources, and mentorship from co-founder of LIFE, Claude Hamilton.

Orrin Woodward states in his book Resolved, I Resolve to have a positive attitude in an all situations. Failure in life is not from outside events, but the inside story a person tells himself.

Winners and non-winners receive the same stimulus, but choose to interpret and respond to the events differently.

As an old Native American Cherokee legend states:

An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life. “A fight is going on inside of me.” he said to the boy “it is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil – he is angry, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.” He continued “The other is good – he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. The same fight is going on inside of you and inside every other person too.” The grandson thought about it for a minute and them asked his grandfather, “Which wolf will win?” the old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”

Just like those two wolves, we have a negative voice and a positive voice in our heads, many times the negative one screams at you while the positive one is a faint whisper. The difference between a positive and a negative person is not determined by his circumstances, but by which voice he chooses to listen to.

William James said, “Man can change his life simply by changing his attitude.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “You are today where your thoughts have brought you. You will be tomorrow where your thoughts take you.”

Norman Vincent Peales states, “Attitudes are more important than facts.”

In the 1970’s, The Andrew Carnegie foundation funded the largest research study ever done to determine what makes a successful individual. They surveyed more than 300,000 people in four different employment sectors. Their findings speak for themselves. It was found that:

1. 7% of your success is determined by the knowledge you have

2. 12% of our success is determined by the skill you possess

3. 81% was determined by your ATTITUDE

John Wooden taught these principles relating to attitude: never whine, never complain, or never make excuses.

Achievement orientated people will not associate for long with a negative voice, either their own or others.

Winners have an attitude that they will until, not accepting excuses from themselves.

The voice that a person chooses to listen to determines the fruit that he produces in life.

I encourage you to choose wisely.

Will you decide to consciously feed your positive voice while deliberately starving your negative one.

Zig Ziglar says: “Your attitude, not your aptitude, determines your altitude.”

God Bless,

Wayne MacNamara


Posted by on January 10, 2012 in Leadership


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12 responses to “Attitude is the Difference

  1. 1

    January 10, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    This is so true with the everyday lives that we lead. A positive attitude is one of the key thngs we all should work on a daily basis. A possitive attitude brings positive results…

    Great post Wayne !!!!!

  2. Aage Smies

    January 10, 2012 at 6:06 pm

    Again impecable timing on a topic that I have always felt very strong about and yet today needed to hear(read). Things tend to happen at times to challenge our resolve and you have been so in tune to the heart beat of our group and knowing when to be firm and yet always fair. Attitude may not be everything but it’s close enough that the rest can be aquired and developped along the way. I’ve said it be for and will continue to be grateful that we are on this journey together.

  3. Steph

    January 10, 2012 at 6:27 pm

    What an awesome post Wayne. I think we all need to work on controlling our attitude. We live in a society that bombards us with negative information, and we do have to make a choice as to how that information is going to affect our attitude, and in turn, our relationships with others.

    Great post, I think we can all learn something from this.

  4. Colleen

    January 10, 2012 at 8:25 pm

    What a coincidence! Just before sitting down to read this, I printed that very same Cherokee legend off for our daughter to read as she was struggling to listen to her positive voice.

    Now she has someone other than ‘mom’ thoughts to read on the subject. And coming from you, the ideas will, no doubt, be well received.

    Thanks again, Wayne!

  5. Gracie Hynes

    January 11, 2012 at 11:34 am

    Always enjoy reading your post, you seem to have this ability of posting what I need to hear, attitude is a choice and we forget how our attitude can affect others. It is amazing how few people choose to have a good attitude, so happy i am surrounded by same minded thinking people who keep me accountable for my Attitude.


  6. Paul Howran

    January 11, 2012 at 4:20 pm

    Thanks Wayne, this is so true, and I needed that reminder to keep out the negative from interfering from allowing me to move forward. You always say the right things at the right time for me. Keep posting and I will keep receiving the words of wisdom, that most people should read and listen to, so that they to, can stop and do a reality check within themselves. One person, One new thought, One new vison, changing the world, bit by bit.

  7. christophenolan

    January 11, 2012 at 5:11 pm

    Another great blog from a great man. I never thought about how you can change someones attitude with small gestures. I remember the saying “A smile can brighten your day” but the same can go the other way. “a frown can gloom your day” Every day I will make those I come in contact with feel alittle better and in turn will better myself.

  8. Adam Seabrook

    January 11, 2012 at 10:16 pm

    Thanks again Wayne. As I move through LIFE I’m learning that my attitude is the most important thing I have to pay attention to. A favorite author of mine once said that we have very little control over the EVENTS that occur in our lives. However, our response (or attitude) towards those events gives us the RESULTS we experience. E + A = R Events, plus Attitude equals Results. I love that quote by William James. Attitudes CAN change our lives. With any given event, those with the right attitude will experience the results they desire.

  9. Alex Nickerson on Life and Leadership

    January 11, 2012 at 11:15 pm

    Mr. MacNamara, that my friend was an amazing post. Love all the sources you used. Your a champion pal, keep this stuff rolling in.

  10. Sharon Lalor

    January 12, 2012 at 10:22 am

    This is your greatest post yet, you just gave me hope. How interesting that we spend so much time and money focusing on knowledge and skill and spend the least amount of time and money on attiutude; when attitude clearly gives us the most return on our investment. Every single person needs to read this. Thankyou so much. This post should give us all posture and confidence to pursue and reach for our dreams and goals. Imagine if we spent most of our time mastering our attitudes. How unstoppable would we become? What would we look like? How would our family life look? How would our friendships change and grow? What would our careers and business look? What would our communities, neighbourhoods, cities, towns…..? You get the picture.

    Wayne you hit this one out of the ball park. Thankyou so much. Keep leading. Keep showing us the example to follow. There was a great post done the other day by Kenn Dunn on Leadership and Example

    Wayne Macnamara definetly fits the bill.

  11. Scott Staley

    January 12, 2012 at 11:22 pm

    I’m so proud to be associated with you Wayne. You are an amazing man – this article just captured the essence of how I view you – an up beat, positive individual without the word ‘quit’ in your vocabularly.

    I’m so glad that you ‘found’ me, and that you’re in my life to model what a positive attitude can do.

    God Bless


  12. Dave Smale

    January 14, 2012 at 1:06 pm

    Wayne, your blog is so true. Attitude is something that needs to be worked on daily.Life happens, if you go through it negatively it only makes matters worst and people don t want to be around you. If you find the silver lining people want to be at your side as you up lift them as well as your self. Start each day with a smile and be thankful you can. The choice is yours. Great job Wayne. Dave


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