Attitude Checkup

Attitude Checkup

An Attitude-Itis prevention program

SJ White

Building the foundation:

Of all the things I’ve learned concerning self-leadership, a solid well-rounded attitude stands out as the most significant. Our attitude is the foundation of our lives. If it’s not good, we not only make others miserable, we make ourselves miserable as well. Half the diseases out there are related, directly or indirectly to stress. A great attitude can help relieve a lot of stress.


Experts in the field of personal growth have for years designated attitude as the most important word in any language. Run into someone with a bad attitude and you’ll know exactly what they mean. I assume you already have. If not, there’s one on the way. They are a challenge unto themselves. Many a fist in the face began with someone’s bad attitude. That translates to business transactions as well. There’s more than one way to hit a person. Since nature says we get back what we put out, it only makes good sense to put out good vibes as opposed to bad ones. That’s why it’s become more important than ever to keep our attitude in tip-top shape.

Attitude Checkup:

Attitude is the fuel that propels the engine of life. You got a bad one, you’re not going far, and even if you already have a pretty good one, making improvements will make it great. Developing a great attitude doesn’t affect the world nearly as much as it affects us, and it affects the world quite a bit. The difference is the world is going to move forward no matter what kind of attitude we have, we are not. To keep pace with the world we have to keep our attitude in shape. The best way to do that is to periodically give ourselves an attitude checkup.

Smart People:

A smart person wants to know whether or not they are attracting people or repelling them, and why. A dumb person doesn’t care. That’s part of what makes them so dumb. 

Two-edged sword:

The following information is for the dumb ones to get smart and for the smart ones to keep getting smarter. Attitude is, has been, and always will be a two-edged sword. It cuts both ways. It all depends on who’s doing the cutting. As most of us know by now, everything in this universe operates under the law of cause and effect. What we sow, we reap. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. I’m sure most of us are familiar with those quotes. No need for more of them. If we align our attitude with the laws of nature we’re going to end up in pretty good attitude shape. After all, some of the greatest lessons mankind has learned over the years has come from studying how nature functions. So, if we want to create happiness in our life what does nature tell us? Sow seeds of happiness. If we want to make more friends in life, nature says, be a friend. When it comes to our attitude, if we want people to like us, nature tells us we have to be likable. It’s as simple as that.

The first step:

Learning to appreciate people is the first step in building a great attitude. You want people to like you? Learn to appreciate them. There is nothing in the world people want more than to know they matter, to know they are loved respected needed and appreciated for who they are. Show them some appreciation and watch their attitude light up. I’m not talking about phony praises, I’m talking about sincere, genuine heartfelt appreciation. To do that you have to take time out to get to know them. In other words, you have to invest in people. If you are sincere people will know it, (you can only fool them so long) and once they know it, they’ll return the favor as well as give their business to the person, or persons, who makes them feel special. It’s a win win proposition.

Attitudes in action:


The Mother of invention:

To be good at anything we have to practice. Repetition is the mother of invention the father of action, and the architect of accomplishment. Give yourself an attitude checkup and be honest with yourself. Better you examine yourself than have life do it for you. Life can be cruel. I’d rather tell me I’m not so patient than have someone else do it. How about you? Don’t you hate it when someone takes time out of their day to tell you what’s wrong with you? Give yourself a checkup to keep your attitude in shape and you won’t have to deal with what someone else thinks. That doesn’t mean don’t listen to criticism. It means to weigh the criticism to make sure what they have to say about you isn’t true. If it is, get busy. If not, go on about your business. Criticism can be good, it all depends on who it’s coming from and why. Constructive criticism has your best interest at heart. Someone who is out to make themselves look good at your expense gives destructive criticism. Know the difference and you’ll benefit by both. One helps you grow, the other gets rid of people who don’t belong in your life.

Successful People:

Successful people come in all shapes and sizes, and in most cases, it’s not their smarts that took them to the top, it was their attitude. Your attitude can be your best friend or your worst enemy. Do yourself a favor, make a friend. Every once in a while give yourself a checkup just to make sure you haven’t caught Attitude-itis. The Attitude checkup below will do wonders for you when it comes to keeping your attitude in shape. It serves as a friendly reminder of how important it is to stay on your toes when it comes to developing and keeping, a winning persona. With Attitude-itis, the patient is usually the last to know. That’s why it’s so destructive. Keep that in mind when deciding whether or not you need a checkup.

Attitude Checkup:

  • Everything operates under the law of cause and effect. Bad attitude, bad results, great attitude, great results. So simple you wonder why so many people have a bad one. 
  • Begin each day with a commitment to be non- judgemental. Throughout the day, remind yourself of that commitment.
  • Learn to appreciate people for who they are, not who you would like them to be. If who they are doesn’t agree with you, avoid criticizing, condemning, and complaining at all costs. Any fool can do that, most fools do. We have to accept the fact that everyone is not for everyone.
  • Believe in yourself and your abilities. Both are a divine gift. Don’t let them go unrecognized. Wasted talent is inexcusable.   
  • Attention is listening, paying attention to what your hearing is caring, appreciating people is noticing their good qualities, and accepting them for who they are is the greatest gift you can give anyone. Keep these points in mind when you’re trying to win friends and influence people.
  • If you want to be loved? Be lovable. Hand out as many smiles as you can each and every day. 
  • Practice the art of a pleasing personality, and you’ll end up with a personality people are attracted to. 
 I hope you have enjoyed this article. As with all that I write it’s designed to get you and me to do one thing. Think!     
SJ White
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This Post Has 4 Comments

  1. “Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.”
    ― Leo Tolstoy

    1. My man, Ben. You are one of the best…

  2. Hi Sam. This is awesome. I’m sorry life had some big valleys for you to navigate but what an amazing and creative way to make something good from it! So impressive!

    1. Thank you so much. Your kind words are much appreciated.

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