In Others’ Words: The Unique Power of Attitude

Power of Attitude 2017

Attitude. Attitude. Attitude.

Our attitude takes us a long way in athletic competition, doesn’t it?

Our attitude takes us a long way in life, too — which is a certain type of competition, when you think about it. 

If you’ve been part of the ongoing conversation on this blog for a while, you know I wasn’t much of an athlete growing up. As I explained to my volleyball playing sixteen-year-old daughter the other day — Yes, she’s in that photo. — I didn’t play team sports because I was always afraid I’d let my team down. My daughter, CJ? She plays volleyball because she believes she can help her team win.

Talk about a big difference in attitude. The difference between playing sports or not playing. The difference between being part of a team or not.The difference between winning or losing.

Attitude made all the difference in my life and my daughter’s life — and hers is the richer for participating in the athletic competitions. 

In Your Words: How has attitude — be it in athletic competition or in life in general — empowered your life?


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  1. July 6, 2017, 12:14 am   /  Reply

    Oh, gosh.

    I know that I can’t be killed, and in staring down Death, it was Death that blinked first.

    I may often make the leap (pardon this) from hard-ass to dumb-ass, but I KNOW that I can defeat every single thing thrown at me, and come out smokin’ a big, cheap cigar and swilling a cold beer.

    The devil himself fears even the mention of my name, and when I do set foot in Heaven, God and His Angels will stand aside, eyes averted, as a Hard Man Of The True Faith walks past.

    Attitude? Me?


    • July 6, 2017, 6:07 am   /  Reply

      Truth be told, Andrew, I was looking forward to your starting this conversation this morning. You did not disappoint.
      Attitude? You?
      Oh, yes.


  2. July 6, 2017, 7:39 am   /  Reply

    I especially love Andrew’s opening line.
    And also the line that came to me when I first read this post, “Birds of a feather fly in high places together.” Yes. True.

    • July 6, 2017, 8:41 am   /  Reply

      Attitude is learned.
      Attitude is also “caught.” We must choose our companions wisely. I am thankful for my companions along life’s road — and you are one of those, Dee. 🙂

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