Developing A Positive Winning Attitude

by Howard Grant Platt 3rd on April 22, 2015 · 7 comments

in Enthusiasm and Attitude

A Winning Attitude! What does it mean to have a winning attitude? I discuss the importance of maintaining a positive attitude throughout this site, yet the topic seems never-ending.

I spent the past five days in a hospital bed fighting a bout of bilateral pneumonia. Two nights ago, the coughing was so bad I could not sleep, and with so much time to think, I noticed the multiple changes in my attitude over a very short amount of time.

This particular situation got me thinking about my attitude at that very moment. I asked myself: is this what it feels like to have a winning attitude? Wow, that question strikes me because I knew the answer, which wasn’t good.

I always take pride in maintaining a positive attitude despite any current circumstance. However, I never stopped in the heat of the moment to see just how positive my attitude was under such circumstances.

I realized I was not maintaining the winning attitude I pride myself on. I found myself wallowing in self-pity, one of the most destructive human emotions.

Self-pity is not an emotion that stands alone, not by a long shot. The manifestation of various self-destructive attitudes begins with self-pity, one of the most destructive emotional attitudes one can possess.

First, there is the backbone of the problem itself: fear, the almighty destroyer of a winning attitude.

Following fear, you have self-doubt, which comes from the belief that you have no control over your thoughts, feelings, and actions to something as small as the “I can’t” syndrome.

I can’t; I can’t get ahead in life; I can’t succeed at anything I try, and I can’t because I’m a failure.

Next, we have the loss of positive expectations. If you expect to fail, you will fail; if you expect to lose a fight to an illness, you lose! These are not the qualities of a winning attitude!

I caught myself losing hope. Because I allowed all my fears and doubts, my “I can’t’s,” and ultimately perceived failures to take hold, I soon returned to self-pity.

I found this rather unique because my mind had cycled through all these self-destructive emotions, and had I not noticed how my attitude was holding out, there’s no telling just how deep-rooted these attitudes would have become.

Oh yeah, there was one other important thing I noticed as well. Not only was my mind harboring such negative attitudes, but I was doing what I could to back up the negativity.

Instead of focusing my mind and efforts on my recovery, I was dwelling on all the possible negative outcomes of my situation.

What happens to you does not determine how far you will go in life; it is how you handle it that matters.

The Incredible Benefits of Developing A Winning Attitude!

Develop A Winning AttitudeWhen I say “Attitude is Everything,” I mean it is everything. Just look around you. Everything you see is a direct result of your attitude.

Your outer world is a mirror image of your inner world, and your attitude shapes your inner world.

All successful people have one thing in common: a winning attitude that lives within them. We can all achieve any level of success we desire, and it all begins with our attitude.

The greatest part of this scenario is that we all get to choose our attitude as we set out on a new day.

Our attitude will give back to us precisely what we expect of it.

If we choose a positive, winning attitude, one filled with achievements and success, that is precisely what will return to us.

However, on the other end of the spectrum, if we choose a losing attitude, we can expect to endure many failures and personal letdowns.

You see, attitude is the one thing that comes close to being everything about success or failure.

A winning attitude will bring forth all sorts of favorable opportunities in life that would otherwise be absent with a negative attitude.

However, a positive attitude alone will not bring about the success and happiness we all desire and deserve.

Everything is energy, and without energy, your attitude goes stagnant.

To take full advantage of all the opportunities presented to us due to our winning attitude, we must have the energy and enthusiasm to transform our attitude into action.

The state of your life is nothing more than a reflection of your state of mind.
Dr. Wayne W. Dyer

We all would like to have or achieve certain conditions in life. I can describe most with one word: happiness, love, health, achievements, ability, and success.

One word controls the outcomes of all the previously mentioned conditions we would all enjoy.

This one word describes a condition that can bring us everything we desire or keep us from achieving any of them.

The word I speak of has been the basis of this entire site since I wrote my first article many years ago. If you haven’t figured it out, the word is “Attitude.”

A Winning Attitude Taking Control of Your Future Success!

Our attitude controls our entire world. If you have an excellent winning attitude, you will enjoy excellent results; however, if your attitude is poor, your life results will be poor.

As I said earlier, our world, our environment, and our circumstances are a reflection of our attitude. You can tell how good your attitude is just by looking around you.

Do you have friends that enjoy being around you?

Is your work environment stressful, dull, or productive and positive?

How’s your family life? Are your children and spouse excited and happy to see you when you come home, or is there constant stress and tension in the air?

The answer to those questions will tell you your attitude and help guide you in the right direction to improve your winning attitude.

I started by telling you about my five-day hospital stay, which is the third or fourth one this year, and we are only starting the second week of February.

Some of you might think my poor attitude is warranted due to my current circumstances, but it doesn’t work that way.

My circumstances did not cause my poor attitude; I caused it.

That is one of life’s greatest aspects; we get to choose our attitude.

Now, had I chosen to cling to my negative attitude, I would have also chosen the consequences.

Poor attitude, poor results! Winning Attitude, winning results!

Do you think my poor attitude was helping my situation? Of course not!

Your attitude affects every area of your life, your health, and your immune system’s strength.

Did I cling to my poor attitude? Heck No!

Had I remained in that state of mind, the chances are I would still be lying in that hospital bed fighting off the disease in my lungs.

Can you see how my attitude became responsible for my environment?

A Winning Attitude Will Bring You Good Luck And Fortune!

Ability is what you’re capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. A Winning Attitude determines how well you do it!

Seeing so many people living miserable, narrowed, darkened lives is sad.

In many cases, these people take no responsibility for their circumstances and moan and groan instead of trying to improve things.

This type of person wants to dump all their troubles onto anyone who will listen constantly.

They don’t have a winning attitude. They will put more energy into complaining about their situation than improving it.

They act like the world has singled them out to live miserable lives full of failures and bad luck.

In essence, our attitude will determine if we will be lucky or not.

Those with a positive winning attitude who expect to be lucky and expect to have good things happen to them more often than not will enjoy more success and good fortune in their lives.

On the other hand, some go through everyday life with a poor attitude and expect things to go poorly, and they do!

The person who thinks he cannot do something will seldom do it because he expects to fail. He is predicting his own failure before he ever gives it a try.

Conversely, the person with a winning attitude believes that he can do something, and in most cases, he can, and he does, and at the very least, he gives himself the confidence to believe in his abilities.

We Get From Life What We Tend To Expect of It.

Everything in life is a choice.

We choose where to live, where to work, and who we want to spend our lives with. The one condition that will affect all of our choices is our attitude, and that, too, is our choice.

If you haven’t already, I want you to choose right now to begin living with a winning, positive attitude!

Your entire life will improve once you begin to put your mind and attitude to work for you!

I have taken my fair share of risks in life, and with each new venture, plenty of people have told me not to try it because I will surely fail.

Had I listened to them, I would not have achieved a fraction of my success throughout my life.

Those people had losing attitudes; they never got ahead in life because they never gave themselves the chance.

Most things that matter in life involve some risk. If everything were a sure thing, life would be rather boring.

You must fully intend to win at everything in life because, with an attitude of failure, you have lost before you even start.

You need a winning attitude to achieve or enjoy all the conditions we all desire, which I mentioned at the beginning of this article: love, happiness, health, ability, achievements, and success.

Never forget that all successful people have one thing in common: a positive Winning Attitude!

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Hi, my name is Howard Grant Platt 3rd, and creating this website Positive Thinking For Personal Development has become one of my greatest passions! At the age of 35, I was diagnosed with a rare and incurable medical disorder. As a result of my medical issues, I struggle with various disabilities, which challenge me every day of my life. Positive Thinking has given me the confidence and inner strength to persevere through the most challenging times. I try to use my story to inspire and help others to live up to their full potential. I know my calling in life is to serve others compassionately and to help those in need. Thank you for visiting my site. God Bless!

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Chad 1 June 30, 2014

Great article Howard! Thank you for taking the time to share and to help other people who may be experiencing a hard time in their life. God bless and keep up the good work.

Howard Grant Platt 111 2 May 25, 2013

Thank you Maryanne! Now that I am back home really plan to get the site going again.

Hope you stop back often!


Maryanne Okonjo 3 March 21, 2013

Love this article and will refer to it in my next training. I personally believe that a positive attitude gives you that X factor in life.

Howard G. Platt 111 4 May 11, 2012

Hi Evan,
Thanks for the kind words! I am really glad that you enjoy my site and that is has helped you to improve your attitude as that is the first step to improving your life!

Stop back often my friend!

Evan 5 May 11, 2012

Great article! This is definitely my favorite blog you have a terrific way of explaining things and it has helped me improve my attitude and I have started writing my goals down and reading them before I go to bed at night.

Thanks for all the help!

Howard Grant Platt 111 6 February 13, 2012

That’s terrific Kyle! If you have the motivation and the desire to improve your attitude you are more than half-way there. Keep it up, my friend!


Kyle 7 February 12, 2012

Love this article im currently working on changing my attitude to change my life