Attitude Axiom #1: Our attitude determines our approach to life.
Pessimist Bucket – There has never been a life as disappointing as mine. I always leave the well full but I returns empty.
Optimist Bucket – There has never been such a happy life as mine. I always come to the well empty but I go away full.
Our attitude tells our attitude in life – nose up/down. Our attitude and action towards life determines what happens to us.
Galatians 6:7 NIV
Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.
We can’t change the world and circumstances around us, but change can come from within us.
Philippians 4:4-6 NIV
 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!  Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.  Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
— Rejoice & be thankful at all times.
Philippians 4:11-12 NIV
 I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.  I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.
— We can learn to tailor-make our attitude to our situation. Paul was in prison but learning contentment, he was encouraging other people to be happy. Happines is a decision that starts fron contentment.
What is your attitude now?
- Make the world go away.
- Raindrops keep falling on my head.
- I did it my way.
- Oh, what a beautiful morning!
Attitude Axiom #2: Our attitude determines our relationships with people.
The Golden Rule:
Matthew 7:12 NIV
So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.
— Christians effective ministry to one another is based on relationships.
John 10:3-5 NIV
 The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.  When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice.  But they will never follow a stranger; in fact, they will run away from him because they do not recognize a stranger’s voice.”
- Relationship to the point of instant recognition (He calls his sheep by name).
- Established relationship built on trust (His sheep hear his voice and come to Him).
- Modeled leadership (He walks ahead of them and they follow Him).
- Stanford Research Institute says that the money you make in any endeavor is 12.5% knowledge & 87.5% by your ability to deal with people.
- Teddy Roosevelt said “The most important single ingredient to the formula of success is knowing how to get along with people.
- 68% of customers do not return because of a bad attitude of one of the employees.
When the attitude we possess places others first and we see people as important, then our perspective will reflect their viewpoint, not ours.
For one week treat every person you meet, without a single exception, as the most important person on earth. You will observe they will begin treating you the same way.