There is a great scene in the movie Remember the Titans where two teammates are in a huge disagreement. The Captain, Gary Bertier is arguing one point, and Julius Campbell counters with points of his own. After hearing his argument, Bertier tells Julius, "that's the worst attitude I have ever heard. Julius responds candidly. "Attitude Reflects Leadership, Captain."
It turns out to be a powerful pivot in the movie. And from that conflict you begin to see an attitude shift in both these leaders that, in turn, changes the character for themselves and the whole team!
Attitude is without a doubt is a difference maker. I truly believe it. I could spin a whole blog to share my personal thoughts on it. But today, I thought why not just share what I think are the 12 greatest attitude quotes of all time. I hope these 12 quotes impact you as much as they have me. Enjoy!
(1) "Our attitude toward life determines life’s attitude towards us." – John Mitchell
(2) "The only disability in life is a bad attitude." - Scott Hamilton
(3) "The greatest discovery of all time is that a person can change his future by merely changing his attitude." - Oprah Winfrey
(4) "Ability is what you're capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it." - Lou Holtz
(5) "Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of human freedoms - to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one's own way.” - Viktor E. Frankl
(6) "People may hear your words, but they feel your attitude." - John C. Maxwell
(7) “A positive attitude causes a chain reaction of positive thoughts, events and outcomes. It is a catalyst and it sparks extraordinary results.” - Wade Boggs
(8) “Adopting the right attitude can convert a negative stress into a positive one.” - Hans Selye
(9) "Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude". - Thomas Jefferson
(10) "The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness, or skill. It will make or break a company ... a church ... a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude ... I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me, and 90% how I react to it. And so it is with you ... we are in charge of our Attitudes." - Chuck Swindoll
(11) “Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they've been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It's an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It's a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing.” – Muhammad Ali
(12) “A great attitude does much more than turn on the lights in our worlds; it seems to magically connect us to all sorts of serendipitous opportunities that were somehow absent before the change.” - Earl Nightingale
Let these quotes sink in. Reflect on them. And, as the Apostle Paul once instructed, let them "renew your mind." Allow your attitude be your greatest strength. And then, as you go about the day - each day, remember the line for the movie. Remember that "Attitude Reflects Leadership." Watch then how your attitude will influence yourself, your circumstances, your business, your platforms, and your relationships!
P.S. For more thoughts on how to truly cast the right attitude, you may want to take a look at my free resource on the 5 Essential Attitudes of an Influential Leader.
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