Week 18 Attitude is Everything!
It’s all about choices
Last Saturday I had the wonderful opportunity to help out a friend Jules Mitchell on her stand at a Health, Wealth and Happiness Exhibition. Mere coincidence?! I think not! I had the privilege to meet Derek Mills who was one of the keynote speakers, and his message really touched my heart. He talked about setting standards for your life and living them just one day at a time. For Derek, goal setting had not worked, but setting daily standards did. What I wanted to know is how this idea fitted with what I have been learning through the Masterkey Course? We spent several weeks at the beginning of the course defining clearly where we wanted to go in life, or setting goals. Did these two messages conflict? I needed to think about this!
‘It is our attitude of mind toward life which determines the experiences with which we are to meet; if we expect nothing, we shall have nothing; if we demand much, we shall receive the greater portion. The world is harsh only as we fail to assert ourselves. The criticism of the world is bitter only to those who cannot compel room for their ideas. It is fear of this criticism that causes may ideas to fail to see the light of day.’ (Haanel 3:17)
Attitude is defined in the dictionary as the way we view something and tend to behave towards it. So as this is my life, and I am the creator of my own life, isn’t my attitude towards myself and what I want crucial? I am sure you’ve heard the saying ‘we teach people how to treat us’. My attitude has to be determined by the standards I choose to set for myself, the way I want to be treated, and the things I want in life. Otherwise I just get swept along with the views and attitudes of everyone else, which will lead to inharmony and negative feelings in me, and hey presto, the Law of Attraction brings me more things to feel negative about. My attitude and standards may be very different to yours have but neither are wrong, provided our intention is for good. If my standards and attitude make me feel good about myself and I can help others too then I know I am on the right path for me.
Haanel addresses this in Chapter 9 ‘….If you wish to change conditions you must change yourself. Your whims, your wishes, your fancies, your ambitions may be thwarted at every step, but your inmost thoughts will find expression just as certainly as the plant springs from the seed.’ (Haanel 9:intro)
Coming back to this weeks chapter 18 we read ‘Thought is the energy by which the law of attraction is brought into operation, which eventually manifests in abundance.’ (Haanel 18:27)
Setting a goal in itself is not enough if we don’t change our thoughts about ourselves. If we are fearful and don’t believe we have the ability to achieve our goals, we behave much like a donkey chasing the proverbial carrot. No matter how fast he runs the carrot is always just out of reach. But one day donkey stops and thinks to himself, “NO, I have had enough of playing this game everyone else’s way, I want to be treated differently,” and he stops running and turns his attention to how he can break the stick, and get the carrot. It is all about his attitude. He discovers what works for him and enjoys the goodness life has to offer. All the other donkeys run past perplexed, saying, “That’s not fair, how did you get the carrot? Tell us how you did it.”
Those who really want to learn will listen and grow, and those who fear trying something new will forever chase their goal. We each need to find what works for us, and our feelings are our guide.
‘The incentive of attention is interest; the greater the interest, the greater the attention; the greater the attention, the greater the interest, action and reaction; begin paying attention; before long you will have aroused interest; this interest will attract more attention, and this attention will produce more interest, and so on. This practice will enable you to cultivate the power of attention.’ (Haanel 18:32)
You decide how you wish to be treated.
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