When You’re Going the Right Direction But the Wrong Way

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Let’s say you only had a few minutes to give some last words to a friend. What would you say? If you knew this would be the last time you’d see them—and you wanted to make one final impact on their life—what would you tell them?

Guess what? The one thing I would tell you is the very same thing I tell myself every day. After all, why wouldn’t I be telling myself that very thing, if it’s the most important thing I would tell you?

This is What I Would Tell You

If I only had a few minutes to spend with you right now, there’s one thing I would go after: it’s your attitude! When I have a few minutes to myself, I go after the same thing. Here’s why.

There’s an old motivational saying that goes, “Your attitude determines your altitude,” which I find a bit odd because “attitude” is actually an aviation term, but it has nothing to do with altitude. It has to do with “how” you’re flying.

Make the Small Adjustments, or You’ll Crash!

The attitude is “the orientation of a plane relative to the direction it’s traveling.” In other words, imagine you’re on the ground watching a big jet airliner descending to land on the runway only it’s not coming in straight—it’s rotated about 15 degrees to the right. What happens when the tires hit the runway? Crash!

You see, the problem is not our altitude, and it’s not the fact that we’re not flying. The problem I see most often in people is that they’re heading in the right direction, but their orientation is all messed up.

In other words, they’re flying in the right direction the wrong way!

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Right Direction But the Wrong Way

Your attitude is the “way” you’re flying in your life. Again, most people are moving forward. Some fast. Some slow. Some high. Some low. The question is, “What’s your orientation in relation to the direction you’re heading?”

Your “orientation” is “your position in relation to something—or someone—else.” Isn’t that the problem with our jobs, money, relationships, health, etc? You’re moving forward with your spouse or significant other, but the orientation is messed up. Your position in relation to your boss is out of whack. You’re all cock-eyed with your health or money.

All of that is your attitude, so your attitude does more than determine your altitude. It determines whether you’re completely out of whack with all the important areas of your life.

Constantly Monitor and Adjust Your Attitude

You don’t want to crash land at your destination, so each and every day must begin and end with “adjusting your attitude,” and like a pilot, that means keeping a close eye on your gauges. Most of us don’t do that. Most of us aren’t watching anything.

Do you need to adjust the way you’re interpreting what’s said to you? Are you acting defensive or sensitive? That would be an attitude adjustment that makes a significant difference flying the right way in the right direction.

Do you need to adjust your outlook? Have you fallen into a habit recently of being negative or skeptical? Adjust it. Are you speaking harshly to those you say you care about? Again, adjust it. Fix your orientation—or attitude!

You Can Fly Further Than You Ever Thought Possible

If I had just a few minutes with you, I’d tell you how important it is to continually monitor and adjust your attitude, because if you can do that, I can guarantee you’ll go further in life than you ever dreamed possible.

You’re capable of ten times more in every area of your life, and the only limitation is the limitation(s) in your mind. I like to say that if we can win the battle of the mind, we can win the battles in life. If we can control our thoughts and attitudes, we can control our lives.

The secret to winning in life is found in your daily routine which means you’ve got to get beyond just “daily inspiration” and shift into life transformation. I can’t emphasize this enough. If you don’t daily work on developing yourself, then I can guarantee you’ll keep repeating the past. That’s why I created The Life Domination Online Coaching Program, and I’d love to have you be a part of it. It’s the easiest, most inexpensive, thing you’ll ever do that will make the most significant impact on your daily life.

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About The Author

C. J.

My mission is to help equip people to maximize their resources for a purpose greater than themselves. That's what my own mentors and teachers have done for me, and I'm paying it forward. Life can be merciless, and the world can be a messed up place, so what's needed is a stronger people that can both endure and overcome in life. My motto is, "In whatever you do, don't suck! Metal up!"

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