Develop an Overcoming Attitude

“He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.” 1 Jn 4:4 NKJV

The dis­ap­point­ments of life can cause you to see noth­ing but neg­a­tiv­i­ty in your future. You express hope­less­ness, belit­tle your own abil­i­ties, refuse to take any risk, say no to per­son­al growth oppor­tu­ni­ties, com­plain about the unfair­ness of life, and say that noth­ing you do will make a dif­fer­ence in a par­tic­u­lar cir­cum­stance. Do you rec­og­nize any of these atti­tudes in your­self? if so, there’s good news. Dr. Paul Meier, a Chris­t­ian psy­chi­a­trist, said, ”Atti­tudes are noth­ing more than habits of thought, and habits can be acquired. An action repeat­ed becomes an atti­tude real­ized.” That means with prac­tice, you can devel­op an over­com­ing atti­tude. Here’s how:

(1) Be hon­est about your quest to con­quer pes­simism. Give some­one you respect the per­mis­sion to point out when you are being neg­a­tive.

(2) Lim­it your expo­sure to neg­a­tive input. Since you become like the com­pa­ny you keep, look for peo­ple who for­ti­fy your faith and not feed your fears. “He that walketh with wise men shall be wise” (Pr 13:20).

(3) Vol­un­teer to serve oth­ers who are less for­tu­nate. Serv­ing cre­ates pos­i­tive feel­ings and gives you a sense of val­ue; it’s also the right thing to do.

(4) Look for the good in every sit­u­a­tion and always express faith that it’s there! Pres­i­dent Har­ry Tru­man said, ”A pes­simist is one who makes dif­fi­cul­ties of his oppor­tu­ni­ties, and an opti­mist is one who makes oppor­tu­ni­ties of his dif­fi­cul­ties.” When you face a dif­fi­cul­ty today, see it as an oppor­tu­ni­ty because ”He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.’

Source: The Word for You Today – Super­Chan­nel, Orlan­do, FL, USA. (pub­lished on 02/15/2017 from Pegues, Deb­o­rah Smith, ’30 Days to a Great Atti­tude’ pages 125–126, Eugene, OR)