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09 February 2013

More on Attitude Change

When writing about attitude the other day, i came across this blog post:


by Justin W. Riggs

He provided such excellent recommendations:

I call these rules The Ten Principles of Personal Development.
They are, in no particular order:

  1.  Be loving toward everyone you meet
  2.  Forgive all who attempt to harm you
  3.  You become what you think
  4.  Look for ways to strengthen those who have less than you have
  5.  Always seek knowledge and truth
  6.  Always be honest
  7.  Never waste what you are given
  8.  Be grateful for all that you have
  9.  Develop a spirit of optimism
 10.  Have faith in something greater than yourself 
So I began to set one goal a month, doing my best to live one of the principles for 30 days or so.  I used The EASIER Method of Goal Achievement to pursue my goals.   
If you were trying to be more grateful using the EASIER method, you would:

  1.  Envision yourself being grateful for everything 
       that was given to you throughout the day
  2.  Assess your current levels of gratitude.  
       In what situations do you easily express your gratitude?  
       In what situations do you struggle?
  3.  Create a strategy that will allow you to be grateful more often.
  4.  Implement your strategy
  5.  Evaluate your progress as you go through the day's activities
  6.  Report your progress to someone you love and trust  

I know Christians say we can't do this on our own.  I don't argue with that, however, we are given free will.  Even Paul said, ". . . whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things."  (Philippians 4:8)

We have a choice in what we think about, focus on, how we react.  Gitz's moto was "Choose Joy."  If anyone on the face of this Earth had reason to complain, it was Sara.  However, each day she made the decision to "choose joy."

Time for me to join her on that.


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