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Developing your attitude is like developing a skill on a musical instrument - it takes consistent practice to improve.
When the great Polish pianist Ignacy Jan Paderewski was elected Prime Minister of his country, he made one request before accepting the prestigious office. He would lead the country, but he must be allowed to practice his scales for two hours every day. Guitar virtuoso Andres Segovia requires the same of his students - two hours a day of playing scales.

And yet, who plays scales in a concert? You've never heard of a composition by Mozart or Brahms called "The Aelian Scale" or "Major Scale." However, without being thoroughly familiar with scales, a musician would remain remedial in his or her art. It is the complete mastery of the basics that gives birth to freedom of expression, ease of movement and cohesiveness in the delivery of each phrase.
So it is with each of us in our attitudes. Though we may have excelled in our approach to life, we must continue to develop every day. We need to practice having an excellent attitude in each and every endeavor, for it will always be true that we can improve the way we see problems, people and life.
After World War II, General Douglas MacArthur went to Japan to evaluate the rebuilding of the war-torn nation. The economy of Japan was in dire straits; the nation was struggling, having to use leftover resources just to stay afloat. As a result, any toy or appliance labeled "Made in Japan" was to be a trademark for one thing: poor quality. So General MacArthur brought in one of America's leading quality control experts, Dr. W. Edward Demming. 
After much evaluation and scrutiny, Demming came up with a set of business principles to help turn around Japan's economy. He called the country's most influential businessmen together and offered them a promise. He basically said, "If you will improve something about yourself and your product every day and make quality not merely something to be maintained but an achievement and a way of living, you will turn the economy of Japan around in 10 years. Then if you continue to improve something each day, even if it is a miniscule amount, in three decades you will become an economy world power."
That was quite a tall promise to make to this struggling nation, but they took it, hook, line and sinker. They even coined a new word for this approach: kaizen. The word means a constant, ever-increasing improvement that defines quality not as something to be maintained but something to be lived on a daily basis.
Over the next 10 years, the businesses of Japan did exactly that. They examined the American automobile; then they improved on it and sold it to American consumers. People began buying everything Japan produced because of the improved quality. Japanese ingenuity increased, and they improved on existing bands of appliances, electronics, tools, cameras and watches. Soon their products were in demand the world over.
In 10 years, the economy of Japan had reversed itself, and within three decades the country had become an economic world power. To this day, one of the most prestigious business awards is the W. Edward Demming Award.
If a change in attitude can do that for a nation's economy, how much more should we seek to do the same for our own personal economy? 
(From Wayne Cordeiro's "Atttitudes that Attract Success")
For a lot of times we neglect quality improvement, as we just think of being average, being just the way things are. Average. No wonder then that we're stuck. If each Filipino would strive to improve every day, we too can turn our country's economy around, in 10 years. 
It's been quite a while that we have slept over our economy's concern. Time to get up, and start making our brand in demand across the globe! 

Wayne Cordeiro has made a very good list of how to enjoy the ride we call "life". In his book "Attitudes that Attract Success", he has illustrated a very simple yet mind-opening example of missing the ride. Let me share it here.

One of the ways the Lord has trained my heart to cultivate gratefulness is by teaching me to enjoy the ride called life. There are going to be challenges and hills to climb on this journey. That's a given. Once you know that hills and trials will always be there, you will be able to expect them and no longer be surprised by them, which will free you up and enable you to enjoy the ride. 

God created things for us to enjoy. Stop and enjoy them. Enjoy life. Enjoy the sunshine. Enjoy the rain. When you go home, enjoy your meal. When your wife says, "Please mow the lawn, Dear," enjoy the mowing of the lawn! Take the dog for a walk. Enjoy the walk and enjoy your time with your dog. This life is too short for us to not enjoy it. Enjoy the ride.

The Bible says the joy of the Lord is our strength (see Neh. 8:10). But we often limp weakly through life because we have forgotten to take it along. For every activity in your day, take along a fresh pack of joy.

One summer, our family went to Disneyland. One of the attractions my son wanted to check out was the Indiana Jones ride. I said, "Let's go for it!" Now, I'm analytical person, and I watch stuff. As we were working our way through the line I said, "See that, Aaron?" See that little creature on the rock? It's not really a creature at all. It's a mechanical device that's computer activated."

"Really?" he asked.

"Yeah! And see the shapes on the wall? They're made by a light projected through a special filter. That filter's called a gobo. See it?"

"Oh, yeah! said Aaron. "Cool, cool."

Spurred further by his interest, I continued. "See that rock face over there, with the mist gliding across it? That's smoke coming from a machine, not really morning mist at all."

 "Really?"

"Yeah. And see that over there, Son?"

"Uh-huh."

"That's a mirror."

"Really?"

We climbed into the car. "Do you see how this jeep is painted to look old, Aaron?" 

"Yeah."

"It's brand-new, though. Check out the serial number."

"Yeah, it is!"

"And look under the dash. There aren't any wires. You know why? Because it's on a track." As I was transforming into a combination of Mr. Spock and Sherlock Holmes, the jeep lunged forward and we were in motion. The speed increased, and we whipped around a corner, eliciting screams from the girls in the car next to us.

"That was goo, Aaron, but if it was banked another 10 degrees, the G-forcewould have been better. It really would have made your stomach drop!"

"Great, Dad!" said Aaron, having to shout in order to be heard.

"You see that, Aaron? That's another mirror!" I yelled, as we zipped down the track.

By this time, Aaron wasn't responding to my cogent analysis of the ride. He was midflight, with his head and body being jostled, twisted and pulled with every turn of the track.

"See that rock coming at us? It's on a track!" I yelled, "It'll go back and get reset for the next car behind us! Not very effective, huh?"

Soon the jeep came to a halt and the ride was over. "You know, Aaron, if we could have made a sharper turn on the second hairpin, it would've been even better. And if the smoke had come out sooner, we could have traveled right through it."

Aaron stopped me with a less than gracious tone, "Hey, Dad! Enough!"

"What do you mean, 'enough'?"

Without answering, he turned and stalked off. "Hey, you, get over here. I've got more things to tell you," I called after him. He kept walking.

"Enough!" he called back. "I ain't riding with you no more!"

"Okay, I'll meet you later!" I said. Then, under my breath, I muttered to myself, "Dumb kid! He doesn't listen, does he? That's his problem."

As I was walking around kicking dirt, the Lord spoke to my heart: "You missed the whole ride, didn't you? You were so busy trying to figure everythig out, you missed the whole ride."

I stopped and thought, You know, that's right! I don't even remember the ride. I was so involved in all the little details, I missed the whole ride!

Have you ever done that? Have you ever gotten so caught up in the details of life that before you know it, the ride is over? Ever get so caught up in the preparations of a wedding that you miss the wedding? Ever get so distracted with cleaning the house before guests arrive that you alienate your whole family in the process? So often we are short with others, blaming our families and hissing at our neighbors in times of stress. We're like Martha, who was so "distracted with all her preparations" that she began to complain. Turning to her honored houseguest, Jesus, she exploded, "Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to do all the serving alone? Then tell her to help me." (Luke 10:40). We get so distracted with the little details, we forget to enjoy the ride!

We miss the sunrises and sunsets, too often our children grow up without us, and the beauty of this ride called life goes unnoticed. My own children have grown up so quickly they were walking across the platform to receive their high school diplomas! The next minute they're gone, and the ride is over.

We begin our days with a jolt of coffee, motor from task to task, and return home exhausted - only to get up and do it all over again. Don't miss the ride! Instead of driving through at a relentless pace, let's slow down. God has given us a beautiful world to live in, a world filled with His wonders, His people and Himself. It's all there, if we will only take the time enjoy.

It's taken me a while to learn this essential lesson. And I'm so glad I finally caught it! Here are a few ways I've learned to enjoy ride:

  1. Take five minutes today and write down the names of two people you appreciate. They may be people who have gone unnoticed. They could be a spouse, a friend or someone who did a good deed that slipped by everyone's notice. Write them a note of thanks. Be sure to add as much detail as you can about how that person's actions blessed you. And send it!
  2. Don't forget to laugh. Some of us need to learn to laugh again. There is plenty to laugh about in life, and we need to laugh. Stand naked in front of the mirror. That alone should take care of your laughter quota for a day or two. Keep a record of how many times you laugh today. It could be for any reason at all, but try to laugh at least five times! You'll find great opportunities by listening to children or spending a few more minutes in the lunchroom with your coworkers. If that's not working, go into the bathroom (again!) and imagine you're entering a funny-face contest. Practice before a mirror. (Be sure no one else is in the restroom at the time! You might want to check all the stalls before proceeding.)
  3. Do one thing for yourself today. Write in into your shedule. Often I will stop on the way home at a little yogurt shop for a frozen treat. Oh, the ecstasy of those few minutes! This slows me down before I arrive home. For you, it could be a short jog, a walk or listening to some of your favorite music. Whatever it is, take time to enjoy life in its simplest form.
  4. Make a new friend today. If you were given an assignment to make a new friend, how would you do it? It only takes a few minutes to stop and truly be interested in another person's life. Ask that person about his or her family, dreams or struggles. Then listen. Truly listen. You'll be surprised how many friends you will collect over a period of just a few days! By the way, a great place to start is with your family. You'll be surprised how many of us are related but not friends. Life is too short for that. By establishing deep friendships with your family, you'll begin to reap one of God's greatest promises and rewards.

Pause long enough to enjoy the ride. Train yourself to see what is good. Take the time to laugh with each other. Laugh at yourself. Although there will be imperfections and periodic setbacks, you will be surprised how wonderful life can be when you have a good attitude. 

You will hear God better. You will enjoy His presence.

You will be pleasantly surprised how a new perspective will help you to develop an attitude that attracts friends, laughter, joy and success!

Every person has a hero. Who is(are) your hero(es)?
Your hero(es) would help you refine your definition of things. In my previous blog I have shared to you how changing your definition changes your mood and your emotions. Your mood/emotion mixed in action will become your attitude. 
Let's take a look at one of the heroes in the Bible, which most people (Christians especially) know, David. The man after God's own heart (see 1 Sam 13:14). He faced perplexing situations yet he seemed to have risen over every trying circumstance. Even when he is facing enemies that are way beyond his built, structure and/or even age, something made him carry on with life still. How was he able to do this? David was a man who defined things, not as he saw them, but as God saw them.
When David was still a young shepherd and Israel was at war with the Philistines, he faced his most famous challenge. Instead of the two armies waging full-scale battle, each side agreed to choose its finest, most spartan warrior and let the two of them duke it out, each on behalf of his entire army. The winner would bring victory to his entire nation, while the nation of the loser would become slaves to the nation of the winner.

A giant named Goliath was chosen to represent the Philistines.He towered over the men of Israel, measuring over nine feet tall. His armor weighed more than 100 pounds. I'll bet he was uglier than sin, too.

Goliath made such an impression that every Israelite warrior cowered in fear (see Sam. 17:24). They darted behind rocks, hid in caves and ducked behind bushes. Goliath stood on a hill like a bully, taunting the Israelites and cursing them by his gods. 

David saw the giant making fun of the trembling Israelites, who were hiding in the thickets. Despite having a clear view of the situation, David defined the Israelites as "the armies of the living God" (1 Sam 17:26).

They sure didn't look like warriors of an almighty God! They looked more like a bunch of chickens that had just seen a fox, or perhaps a group of hog/swine the night before the town fiesta.  If David had described the situation according to how it looked, he might well have defined these men as wimps. Instead, he called them the armies of the living God.

David walked up to his overgrown, unruly opponent and exclaimed, "You come to me with a sword, a spear, and a javelin, but I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have taunted." (1 Sam. 17:45).

Righteous indignation filled his soul, and courage flooded his veins. David withdrew one of the five smooth stones in his bag, loaded his slingshot and let it fly! His years of practice on the back side of the desert paid off, and the stone caught the gian right between eyes.

The giant muttered, "Boy nothing like this ever entered my mind before," and he fell on his face to the ground. (Version created).

David chose to see things the way God saw them. And because he made this critical choice, God was able to use David to overcome impoosible circumstances and lead His people to an overwhelming victory against the Philistines. So great was the victory that we still speak of it even today!

A second example of David defining things as God does is found in 1 Samuel 24. Some time after the Goliath incident, David found himself running from the wicked King Saul who wanted to take the young warrior's life. Saul short-lived gratefulness for slaying the giant had turned into long-term jealousy. Although David was innocent, Saul's insecurity had driven him to rid his throne of any possible competitors, and yet David kept looking for the best in Saul, in spite of it all.

It was the in the cave of Engedi where David displayed a quality of leadership that was to become hallmark of his life. He was hiding in the cave when saul entered, unaware of David's presence. Weary from his pursuit of David, Saul fell asleep. Here was David's golden opportunity to rid himself of Saul and end the king's merciless crusade! David's men urged him on:

And the men of David said to him, "Behold, this is the day of which the Lord said to you, 'Behold; I am about to give your enemy into your hand, and you shall do to him as it seems good to you.'"

So [David] said to his men, "Far be it from me because of the Lord that I should do this thing to my lord, the Lord's anointed, to stretch out my hand against him, since he is the Lord's anointed." (1 Sam. 24:4,6)


Let me ask you, did Saul deserve to be called the Lord's anointed? Did he act like the Lord's anointed? Obviously not! 

But then again, did the Israelites, dismayed by a bully's threats and fleeing in every direction, resemble the army of the living God? Surely this was misnomer! Yet despite David's seeming blindness to the obvious, God gave David victory over his enemies and made him Israel's greatest leader. 

Here's the gem: David chose to define things as God defined them.

David chose to see circumstances and events from God's perspective, and in so doing, he received strength and courage from the Lord. His "eye was clear" (see Matt. 6:22). His perspective was God-pleasing. This is why God made David successful in all he did. That kind of strength comes only as a result of having the right attitude!

David was a man after God's own heart, because he defined events the way God defined them.
(From Wayne Cordeiro's "Attitudes that Attract Success")
Reading this article, would make us realize that we often define things as they are seen by our ordinary eyes. Men tend to see the "obvious" to their eyes, yet failed to recognize the fact that they are part of a humongous schemes of a greater author. We even define people with their current action, we define people with their history not with their potential. We mock people for what they have done, and we condemn people because they have wronged us. This article, opens us into a new perspective in life. That even with a situation where God seems to be absent, your mind and your attitude is to recognize that God is present! 
CHOOSE TO DEFINE THINGS AS GOD DEFINE THEM!

All our lives, we have trained our eyes to see what is bad. From an early age, we have been training ourselves incorrectly. We get up and read the morning newspaper over breakfast, getting our minimum daily requirement of bad news. On the way to work, we stop by a newsstand and buy the latest issue of U.S. Bad News and World Report, so we can find out what's wrong with the world. After work we rush home and watch the "CBS Evening Bad News," then stay up lat to watch the day's worst events all over again on the local 10 o'clock bad news. We then lay down for a restless night's sleep with bad dreams, only to get up with a bad attitude so we can have another bad day at work - just as we have done every day for years!
We have to retrain our eyes. The reason is this: Whatever we're looking for is what we will see. That's how God made us. If we are looking for something good, we will see what is good. If we're always looking for what's wrong with people, what will we see everywhere we turn? Everything that's wrong.
A man in 1984 moved to a quiet little town called Hilo on the southermost island in Hawaii. One day his wife came home and announced, "Honey, I know what I want!"
"What?" he asked.
"I want  a Mazda MPV van. Buy me one!" she pleaded.
"Uh-uh," he grunted.
She said, "But it's a beautiful van!"
He had never seen a Mazda van. "Mazda doesn't make vans. I've never seen one." he said.
She said, "Oh, yes! They make them. They're beautiful!"
"Honey, Mazda doesn't make vans." he said
She said, "Yes they do! Jump in the car!"
They climbed into the car trekked into town. Within 15 minutes, a Mazda van pulled through an intersection they were approaching. His wife exclaimed, "There's one!"
He said, "That's nice! I didn't realize Mazda made vans."
Withing 15 minutes, another one came by. She said, "There's another one! And that's the color I want! If you love me. . ."
Within the hour, they have seen six Mazda vans! He hadn't even known there was such a vehicle, but suddenly they were everywhere! Isn't that how it always work? When you're thinking of purchasing a certain car, you notice it everywhere. Everyone's driving your car!
Likewise, if we look for the best in other people, then we will see the most beautiful people in the world everywhere we turn. 
What you are looking for, you will begin to see.

Before technology changed the way we navigate on the water, bullhorns and whistles were used to communicate from ship to ship. Once, a large armored battleship was slowly making its way through uncharted waters in a fog-shrouded bay.
Suddenly, through the fog, the captain noticed what appeared to be the light of another ship directly in his path. Quickly, he grabed his megaphone and shouted, "This is Admiral Smith of the United States Navy, Steer yourself 10 degrees sout. We are on a collision course, and I am coming through with priority orders."
Through the fog, he heard a fait but audible reply, "This is Seaman Fourth Class Jones. You steer yourself 10 degrees to the north."
The Admiral said to himself, This guy is a seaman fourth class, and I'm an admiral! Who in the world does he think he is? Turning up the megaphone a few notches and using a stronger tone of authority, he barked, "This is Admiral Smith of the United States Navy! You steer your vessel 10 degrees south! I am coming through!"
Through the fog came the same reply. "This is Seaman Fourth Class Jones. You steer yourself 10 degrees north!"
The admiral's anger flared at the youn man's insubordination, "I said this is Admiral Smith. Steer yourself 10 degrees south immediately! I am a battleship!"

Through the fog, the unwavering voice replied, "This is Seaman Fourth Class Jones. Steer yourself 10 degrees north. I am a lighthouse!"

Our attitudes are like the rudder of a ship. You will either be ruled by the rudder, or you will be ruled by the rocks.
The choice is yours.
(From Wayne Cordeiro's "Attitudes that Attract Success")