A construction worker opens his lunch and pulls out a bologna sandwich.  “Another bolgna sandwich!” he shouts, “I hate bologna sandwiches!  Why do I always get bologna sandwiches in my lunch!”  His co-worker, taken back by his attitude, tries to calm him down, “It’s alright, you can take care of this.  Just go home tonight and ask your wife to make you something other than a bologna sandwich.”  Leave my wife out of this!” the man exclaims in return, “I pack my own lunches!”

Most of the bologna we carry around in our lives was packed by us!  Get rid of your bologna by applying these 4 qualities people with great attitudes possess:

1.  Possess a teachable spirit.  Put into practice the teaching you have learned.  Be approachable and not defensive.  This requires the will to accept criticism.  Be willing to take a long hard look in the mirror and admit if you are the problem.

2. Take responsibility for your attitude.  First, it is important to fill your mind with good things.  Then, meditate on these good things.  Finally, practice these good things.  You are responsibly for what you put in your mind.

3. Travel the high road.  The low road – treat people worse than they treat you.  The middle road – treat people the same as they treat you.  The high road – treat people better than they treat you.  You can’t always control what you go through but you can control how you go through it.

4. Understand the value of attitude.  “There is little difference in people but that little difference makes a big difference.  The little difference is attitude.  The big difference is whether it is positive or negative.” – W. Clement Stone

A good attitude has value at the beginning of the task.  Starting positive will help you finish positive.  A good attitude had value in the middle of the task.  What you appreciate will appreciate and the more you complain the less you will obtain.  A good attitude has value at the end of the task.  All is well that ends well.

Recently John Maxwell visited Gateway Church in Southlake Texas where he taught a message entitled Filling Your Mind to Fulfill Your Life.  This post was inspired by that message.  You can find it here.  If you like that, you should also check out John’s personal blog on leadership here.