The Positive Attitude Challenge – Let’s Wrap it Up

I’m dark, as in I have dark skin. I was born like this. I didn’t have a say in this; I didn’t choose the hue of my pigmentation. You didn’t choose yours either. I have wonderful parents, which I didn’t choose either. I have three siblings, which I had no say in their coming to the world. I came out the second of us four, and I didn’t choose that either. And the list goes on and on.

So many things about my identity I didn’t choose. Every day, I wake up and I’m still dark skinned, my parents are still the same people, who my siblings are doesn’t change, and I’m still the second who came out. I don’t get to choose or change that—neither do I want to.

There are things about you that you don’t get to choose or change. They just are. Your attitude isn’t one of those things; you can choose and change your attitude.

You decide your attitude, and thus, are responsible for it. In every interaction, every situation, every challenge, you decide how you act and react. It doesn’t matter what others do, in the end, you decide what you do. It matters less what happens to you than how you react to what happens to you. The power to choose your attitude is in your hands. This is very empowering.

Granted, some people may have a proclivity towards positivity. This may give them a head, but because we decide our actions and reactions, the journey towards cultivating a positive attitude is open and accessible to all.

And, no, it’s not too late. It’s never too late to seek to improve.

Cultivating a positive attitude is more journey than it is a destination. You never really arrive. You continue to work at it, just like you continue to exercise your body throughout your lifetime. And sometimes, like trying to build muscle mass, you may feel that you’re making one step forward and two steps back. But don’t give up.

Every morning, when you wake up, and at every moment of the day, decide what your attitude will be. Be intentional about it. Many people don’t intentionally seek to develop a positive attitude and thus never take the time to reflect on their attitude.

Not you.

I want to congratulate you for completing this challenge. You have great work to do in the world, and your attitude is vital to your success.

Action Step

As you went through this challenge, there were, I’m sure, areas of your attitude that require special attention. Choose one of these areas and repeat the related challenge for at least tree days (you can repeat it for as long as you need to).

Also, you can review as many of the lessons as you want. Make this journey your own—because it is.