Friends, greetings in Jesus Name! I believe you had a splendid weekend. Today I will be sharing with you on what I title, “Your Attitude Determines Your Altitude”. How far you will go in life will be determined by your attitude. A few years ago, I was in traffic along Maryland in Lagos, and a book vendor came by my car dangling a book to get my attention. And I looked at the title of the book and it says, “Attitude is Everything”. I tried getting my attention off the book but I heard a voice saying, don’t you think it is worth knowing why the author of this book is making such a bold and emphatic statement about attitude? Then I asked for the price and bought the book. The author, Keith Harrell, said: “The greatest discovery of my generation is that people can alter their lives by altering their attitude of mind. It’s no secret that life seems to reward us most when we approach the world with a positive attitude.” Indeed, attitude is everything.
According to a Harvard University study, it was found that when a person gets a job, 85% of the time it is attitude that keeps him or her on the job, and only 15% of the time because of how smart they are and how many facts and figures they know. No wonder as the saying goes, “Certificate can give you a job but attitude keeps you on the job”. Meaning, with a bad attitude you can’t stay long on the job. Sooner or later the employer will show you the way out – you will be Fired – the same way Lucifer was fired from heaven and he became Satan due to bad attitude that led to his downfall – Pride (Isaiah 14:12-20).
Have you ever come across people talking about someone and you hear them say, “He got an Attitude”. The question is: What is an attitude? Attitude is defined as “A learn behavior created by our beliefs which are produced by our thoughts. It has a lot to do with our response to people, situation or circumstance – and whether we lean toward the positive or negative.” One thing about attitude is that it smells – it is not hard to discover one when you see it – especially when it is negative. Have you bother asking why people try avoiding you? Or why you try avoiding some persons? Do people miss you if you are not around? Or would they say “thank God she is not here today” – at least we can have our sanity. The answer to these questions boils down to one thing – Attitude.
Like someone said, “Attitude is 100 percent of everything you do.” A lot more reasons why some people do not get favors or have God answer their prayers – is as a result of bad attitude. The Israelites spent forty years in the wilderness for a journey meant for just 40 days (Numbers 14:34). Why? Bad Attitude! Our God continuously checks our hearts to see the intents of the imaginations of our hearts. No wonder David said in Psalm 19:14, “Let the words of my mouth, and the meditations of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD.” David knew the danger of having a wrong attitude that can derail his relationship with God and others. Remember, your Attitude – Positive or Negative – is your CHOICE. Have a fantastic week. With love, Elvis!