How to Control Your Attitude

Another way of thinking of your “attitude” is: how you approach things. In other words, the emotional state you are experiencing at any given moment.

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The state from which you approach any situation determines what sort of resources you will bring to that situation. Your attitude determines your outcome.

There are three key ways to immediately take control of your emotional state:

  1. What your attention is on. We are drawn toward what we pay attention to.
  2. What you do with your body. Sitting slumped over in a chair, with your head in your hands, tends to elicit one state. Going for a jog elicits a different state. Which do you suppose is more empowering?
  3. What you say. To borrow a phrase from Earl Nightingale, we become what we speak about all day long. What have you been speaking about lately?

Bonus point: if you are a believer it's worth noting that there is one activity that engages all three of these attitude triggers. Worship.

Question: what do you do to take control of your attitude?

Ray Edwards is a world-renowned copywriter and communications strategist, writing for some of the most powerful voices in leadership and business including New York Times bestselling authors Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen (Chicken Soup for the Soul) and Tony Robbins. Ray is a sought-after speaker and author, hosts a popular weekly podcast, and blogs at

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