How to Win the War and Have a Mentally Tough Attitude

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I came across something Dr John Maxwell, the leadership guru, wrote about attitude  For those of you who are following my blogs of late know I am convinced Attitude Control is one of the core skills that helps us become the people God wants us to be.  Here’s what Dr Maxwell says about attitude:

“Attitude makes all the difference.  The development of a positive attitude is the first conscious step toward becoming an effective leader.(My emphasis)  Successful leadership cannot be constructed without this crucial building block.  Check out the following attitude axioms suggested by the words and actions of Joshua and Caleb:

  1. 1.     Our attitude determines our approach to life.
  2. 2.    Our attitude determines our relationships with people.
  3. 3.    Our attitude is often the only difference between success and failure.
  4. 4.    Our attitude at the beginning of a task will affect its outcome more than anything else.
  5. 5.    Our attitude can turn problems into blessings.
  6. 6.    Our attitude can give us an uncommonly positive perspective.
  7. 7.    Our attitude is not automatically good just because we belong to God.”

This resonates so much with me.  What are we doing by allowing negativity slip into our minds?  For the next IMPACT! program we are running at New Life, on Friday before the program was to start thefollowing Tuesday we had only two registered.  We need at least 8 to make it work.  By keeping positive and taking some bold steps, we have more than enough to run it, and we’ll have to run another program in the fall!

The Cycle of Experiential Development explains that the start of all change begins in our mind, with our attitude.  Our attitude, I believe, is a state of mind which becomes habitual, like the default setting on our computer. In the book, Living by Design by Drs Ray Strand and Bill Ewing, they have brilliantly explained the war we are fighting for our minds, to take our thoughts captive.  In Chapter Six, "Rest at War-- The Battle for the Mind", they write, "By ongoing choice we have the opportunity to choose to set our minds on the things of the Spirit.  When we set our minds on the Spirit, God raises us above the circumstances around us and actually leads us into victory..."  They conclude it takes work to be at rest.  Constantly we are at war, avoiding the negative, downward pull of life to destroy or render us powerless.  We cannot in our own strength win this battle through self- effort.  If we try, we'll fail.  We were designed to focus our minds on things above, to become mentally tough so that the world, the flesh and the devil cannot.

Therefore, our attitude or mind-set comes from resting in who God is, and who He has made us to be, and choosing to believe we can, when we align our mind on Him.  It's the faith we have to step out that will lead to success and achievement, knowing that it is what He wants for us.