In my home, we have a sign that's entitled, "The Introduction to Property Law From A Toddler's Perspective." It reads like this:
If I like it, it's mine.
If I can take it away from you, it's mine.
If I had it a while ago, it's mine.
If I say it's mine, it's mine.
If it looks like mine, it's mine.
If I say I saw it first, it's mine.
If you're having fun with it, it's mine.
If you lay down your toy, it's mine.
If it's broken, it's yours.
A mature attitude tends to be outer-directed, not inner-directed. Sometimes our attitude will trip us up because we can't see past our circumstances. In my house, we like to call a bad attitude - stinkin' thinkin'. Remember, your attitude is a choice. There are things you need to choose to quit and things you need to choose to start. Let's start with the things to quit and then quit with the things to start.
1. Quit taking yourself so seriously.
The ability to laugh at yourself, especially when you make a mistake, will go a long way in keeping your attitude healthy and will cause others to have a better attitude toward you.
2. Quit thinking that the world owes you a living.
"Life's not fair!" is the cry of those who selfishly think that they deserve more than they've been given or more recognition. People with healthy attitudes are those who give back so much more than they ever expect to receive.
3. Quit believing you are indispensable.
It's a funny thing how the world got along fine before you arrived on the scene and most likely will continue after you're gone. Your focus should be on what will create a lasting significance rather than your temporary success.
4. Start seeing through other people's eyes.
Your perspective directly affects your attitude. Take a closer look at the circumstances surrounding someone else's life and it may give you a better attitude about your own.
5. Start placing value on others.
Frederick L. Collins said, "There are two types of people. Those we who come into a room and say, "Well, here I am!" and those who come in and say, "Ah, there you are." People will remember what type of person you are.
6. Start understanding your own purpose on earth.
When you begin to understand and take part in the purposes of God in your life, it provides you with a greater sense of self-worth and perspective in the midst of the difficulties of life.