Continuing on the attitude is the choice of what kind of attitude to take?
The word choices rises on the opposite side of environment in the attitude construction issue. Speaking more logically than emotionally, the voice of this word says, “We are free to choose our attitudes”. This logic becomes more convincing with the additional voice of Victor Frankl, survivor of a Nazi concentration camp, who said, “The last of the human freedom is to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances.”
In our early years, our attitudes are determined mainly by our conditions. A baby does not choose her family or her environment, but as her age increases, so do her options.
Hence, our surroundings help construct our attitudes.
The basic principles about attitude formation are:
1. A child’s formative years are the most important for instilling the right attitudes.
2. An attitude’s growth never stops.
3. The more our attitude grows on the same foundation, the more solid it becomes.
4. Many specialists help construct our attitudes at a certain time and place.
5. There is no such thing as a perfect, flawless attitude.
The fifth is my favorite and, in my opinion, stands out as the most important principle (although they are all intertwined).
The air currents of life jolt us out of life and try to keep us from achieving our goals. Unexpected weather can change our direction and strategy. Our attitudes need adjustment with every change that comes into our lives.
Everyone encounters storms in life that threaten to wreck his attitude. The secret to safe arrival is to continually adjust your perspective.
Every day is a new encounter. A new adjustment. A new beginning.
How we take accountability on the choices we make determine the kind of attitude we have chosen to tread the path to. Those nights where we sleep better with the decisions made, that’s what steers our moral compass.