It’s All Yours…And You Can Change It!

It’s All Yours…And You Can Change It!

This is the second blog in a series that looks at whether we have control over our attitudes, how difficult it is to use the control we do have, and how to manage our attitudes effectively.

Dr. Deborah S Bright

Excerpt: Because “attitude is everything,” I thought it was worthwhile and important to explore attitude in a three-part series. This is the second blog in the series that delves into whether attitude is within our control, how difficult it is to employ the control that is ours, as well as present an effective approach to managing attitude. (Read the first part here)

Believe It – We Are in Control of Our Attitude

The TIPP Poll survey revealed, in general, most adults believe attitude is within their control. Those between 18 to 24 years old are the least convinced of this. Those most confident that they can control their attitude are between 25 and 44 years of age and those over 65.

An interesting correlation worth noting is that the higher one’s income, the more they believe they are in control of their attitude. Of those making $75K or more per year, 87% think they control their attitude, compared to 75% of those making up to $50K per year. So, it looks like most of those sales managers are right when they tell their sales reps, “Your attitude determines your altitude.”

William James Quote

How Difficult Is It To Control Our Attitude?

Believing you can control your attitude is the first step toward actually controlling it. But, accepting that control and being effective is another important step if one wishes to change it.

Insights for Controlling Our Attitude

Before offering simple and easy-to-do steps for controlling your attitude, it might be helpful to first understand what attitude is. Attitudes tend to be more on the surface of our conscious awareness. Attitudes are general evaluations that reflect the way we think and feel about things. Feelings are a vital component to shaping an attitude (likes and dislikes, good and bad). Because feelings can fluctuate and change quickly, most experts agree that to control your attitude, it’s important to pay attention to your thinking. As Earl Nightingale, an American radio speaker and noted author, said, “We become what we think about.” The Oxford Dictionary and Thesaurus states that attitude is “a settled opinion or way of thinking”.

Attitude Components

How To Take Ownership Of Your Thoughts

Here’s a great way to explain how best to take ownership of your thoughts. Let’s use an off-the-job example that’s easy to relate to, even if golf may not be your chosen sport.

Let’s say you’re a fairly good golfer who’s in an energizing conversation with a few highly enthusiastic colleagues. Their enthusiasm rubs off on you as they start talking about participating in an upcoming fund-raising golf event. Without giving it much thought, you impulsively throw in your hat to play in the tournament. The conversation ends, your buddies leave, and you find yourself alone.

As you reflect on what you’ve just committed to doing, your mind is suddenly flooded with a surge of anxiety brought on by negative thoughts: What did I do? I’m going to embarrass myself! How could I have agreed to do this? I’m not a good golfer! These people are counting on me and I can’t back out! I don’t want to let them down!

And on and on. The panicky feeling overwhelms you as you think about the pending disaster. It becomes pretty obvious that within a short time, you’ve gone from enthusiasm for playing in the event to dread and a negative attitude toward even participating in the event.

Do the following to take control of your attitude:

1.     Listen to yourself.

Listen to what you’re saying to yourself by imagining that you’re recording everything you’re saying, whether out loud or to yourself.

2.     Examine what you are saying.

Next, examine if what’s being said is accurate? If not, then edit where necessary. Make sure you’re giving yourself good information. If it’s accurate, you need to take the necessary action to address what you’re saying.

But first:

3.     Stop the negative thinking.

Stop the anxiety from gaining any further momentum by using the Fenstersheib Stop Technique, which is practiced by simply telling yourself to “STOP.”Repeatedly start telling yourself to “Stop” the negative thinking every time those negative thoughts return. Allowing those negative thoughts to get absorbed into your consciousness will further cause you to expect to face obstacles that are bound to result in debilitating outcomes. In this negative state, there’s even a tendency to overlook your past experiences, achievements, and even your skill or expertise.

4.     Make a decision.

Once you make up your mind, be sure to operate with no regrets!

If you decide to back out of the event, watch your negative thoughts vanish, and your accompanying negative attitude dissolve instantly.

If you elect to play in the tournament, then:

5.     Take steps to prepare for the event by practicing.

Go to a practice range, or take a lesson, or do whatever you think you need to do to give yourself the best chance to play your best, given your time limitations. Doing nothing and expecting a great outcome is wishful thinking.

But you shouldn’t stop there; unfortunately, that’s what many people do!

6.     Prepare mentally by taking a realistic view.

Telling yourself that playing in this fundraiser is going to be a disaster is inaccurate. The event hasn’t happened yet! You’re projecting negatively into the future. Instead, remind yourself that you have a 50/50 chance of doing well or doing poorly. At this stage, it only makes sense to go with the positive! You have everything to gain and nothing to lose by adopting this way of thinking. Make sure you focus on what you need to do and zero in on only that thought or action. Remember, you can only control the present…not the future.

Ways For Attitude Change

This approach introduces some logic and can be helpful to those who are skeptical of being told to simply substitute negative thoughts with positive ones! A word of caution: don’t get discouraged if the negative thoughts return. Chances are, they will. Make a point of repeating this process: tell yourself to “stop” the negativity and focus on what you want to achieve.

Remember, you’re not alone.

The same process applies to preparing for a presentation, an important client meeting or giving bad news to a friend. Stick to these steps, and you'll be amazed at how much better you'll be able to control your attitude in any situation and at any time.


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G7: Rich Nations Back Deal To Tax Multinationals

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G7 Representatives
  • The G7 group of advanced economies has reached a "historic" deal on taxing multinational companies.
  • They agreed in principle to a global minimum corporate tax rate of 15% to avoid countries undercutting each other.
  • The G7 will aim to make companies pay more tax in the countries where they are selling their products or services, rather than wherever they end up declaring their profits.
  • It was reported this week that an Irish subsidiary of Microsoft had paid zero corporation tax on $315bn (£222bn) profit last year because it was resident in Bermuda for tax purposes.
  • The deal announced between the US, the UK, France, Germany, Canada, Italy, and Japan, plus the EU, could see billions of dollars flow to governments to pay off debts incurred during the Covid crisis.
  • The tax would apply to global companies with at least a 10% profit margin. Twenty percent of any profit above that would be reallocated and taxed in the countries where they operate, according to the G7 communiqué.

NZ Man Facing Extradition To China

New Zealand President Ardern And Chinese Envoy
New Zealand President Ardern And Chinese Envoy
  • New Zealand’s top court left open the possibility that a man could be extradited to China to face murder charges in a landmark case that has big diplomatic implications.
  • It remains uncertain whether the extradition of Kim Kyung-yup will proceed in a case that has already dragged on for more than a decade.
  • The dispute hinges on whether New Zealand can be assured that Kim would get a fair trial if he is sent to China and would not be tortured. New Zealand does not have an extradition treaty with China.
  • The 3-2 split decision found that it was possible for New Zealand to get sufficient assurance from China about Kim’s welfare, partially overturning an earlier appeals court ruling.
  • Assurances could include confirmation that representatives could visit Kim at least every 48 hours during the investigation and that the trial takes place in Shanghai.

Govt Issues ‘One Last Notice’ To Twitter To Comply With IT Rules

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  • Twitter’s refusal to comply with the rules, which came into force more than a week ago, on May 26th, demonstrated its “lack of commitment and efforts towards providing a safe experience for the people of India on its platform.”
  • The Ministry of Electronics and IT (MeitY) said, “as a gesture of goodwill, Twitter Inc. is hereby given one last notice to immediately comply with the rules, failing which the exemption from liability available under the IT Act shall stand withdrawn and Twitter shall be liable for consequences as per the IT Act and other penal laws of India.”
  • It also noted that Twitter had failed to address clarifications sought by the Ministry and indicate full compliance with the rules.
  • The notice, however, did not give a specific deadline to comply with the rules.
  • Twitter declined to comment on the notice.

Turkish Air Strike Kills At Least Three in Refugee Camp inside Iraq

Kurdish Refugee Camp In Iraq
Kurdish Refugee Camp In Iraq
  • A Turkish airstrike killed at least three people and injured others at a camp for displaced people in northern Iraq, said Rashad Kelani, a Patriotic Union of Kurdistan party official.
  • The strike on the camp housing thousands of Kurdish refugees from Turkey took place three days after Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan warned Iraq that Turkey would "clean up" a refugee camp which it says provides a haven for Kurdish militants.
  • An Iraqi security official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, confirmed an airstrike had killed and injured people in the camp but did not give details.
  • Turkish forces have stepped up attacks on bases of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) inside northern Iraq over the last year, focusing their firepower and incursions mainly on a strip of territory up to 30 km (about 20 miles) inside Iraq.


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