Your attitude is more powerful than you think

Today I woke up late.

You would think that the four alarms, each 10 minutes apart, I set each day would do the trick, but there I was, jumping out of bed in a panic. I hastily brushed my teeth, did my hair and makeup, got dressed, and was out the door.

Today is going to be a rough one.

There’s something about being thrown together that just makes me feel off, unbalanced even, and I knew that feeling would follow me the rest of the day.

As I drove to work, I was determined to make up the time that I lost (without speeding excessively, of course). I was doing fairly well, until I was about 5 minutes away, go figure.

Suddenly, traffic was a complete stop, and I leaned my head against the window in annoyance.

Could there be any worse way to start my day?

As the traffic crawled along, I watched an ambulance drive by. Great, an accident. Just what I needed. My annoyance level soared, and I wanted to turn around and go home.

Suddenly, I reached the part of the highway in which the accident occurred, and I had an epiphany. There I was, complaining about being in stop-and-go traffic, and someone else began his morning by getting his car totaled. My day could have started a lot worse than sitting in traffic.

By telling myself I was about to have a terrible day, I was having a terrible day. I’m a firm believer that whatever you put out into the world comes back to you, so if you are cranky and keep telling yourself that you are going to have a bad day, then be prepared to have a bad day.

So, I decided to change it. I was going to walk into work, say hello to everyone I walked past, hold the door open for people, and ask my coworkers how there day is going, all with a big smile on my face.

People respond well to others who are upbeat and happy. Not only are you more approachable when you’re this way, but you are also making others happy, because positivity is contagious. Your attitude affects the attitudes of those around you, which means that you have the power to shape the way someone’s day is going to go, how crazy is that?

Your decision to make today great will allow others to have great days, too, and that is an amazing thing. We’re all going to have bad days, but if there is always someone who is determined to have a great day, then maybe others will, too.

Keep your head up, slap a smile on your face, and tell yourself today is going to be a great day.

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