ATTITUDE – Power Idea by Laura Dillingham


Your attitude is important because it influences your choice of actions, as well as your responses to challenges, incentives, and rewards. It is only when we have the right attitude, will we get the best results. All the smiles, handshakes, or elbow bumps are not going to get someone far if they do not have the attitude that allows them to help others without any personal selfish expectations in return.

Attitude serves four major functions for a person:

  • Adjustment function: helps a person move towards things that are pleasurable or rewarding and keeps them away from unpleasant or undesirable ones.
  • Ego Defense function: attitudes that are formed to protect the ego or self-image from threats.
  • Value Expressive function: allows the expression of a person’s centrally held values (a person who is conservative would probably have an unfavorable attitude toward bright, eccentric clothing).
  • Knowledge function: attitudes towards acquiring knowledge; the need to know tends to be specific (if a person doesn’t golf then they would not spend a lot of time devoted to learning about it).

Ultimately these functions serve an individual’s need to protect and enhance the image they hold of themselves.

How can attitude be improved:

  • Always act with a purpose.
  • Stretch yourself past your limits every day.
  • Act without expecting results.
  • Use setbacks to improve your skills.
  • Seek out those who share your positive attitude.
  • Don’t take yourself so seriously.
  • Forgive the limitations of others.
  • Say “thank you” more frequently.

Attitude is a personal choice. We choose our attitude.

Check out the following video by Travis Mills. Incredible story about choosing your attitude.