Let’s face it, as teens, we all had an attitude at one time or another. As we age, we realize that attitude is often a better predictor of success than nearly any other measure. This is perfectly summed up in a famous quote by Charles Swindoll that reads:
“The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think, say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company… a church… a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we embrace for that day. We cannot change our past… we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play the one string we have, and that is our attitude… I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it. And so it is with you… we are in charge of our Attitudes”
This week in Ms. Danette’s and Ms. Rachel’s high school classes, we learned about attitude, specifically what types of attitudes are hazardous to us and our future.
The Federal Aviation Association (FAA) has identified 5 hazardous attitudes that affect judgment. These attitudes affect the way we make decisions and view the world around us. The 5 hazardous attitudes are not only a concern for pilots but are often used to evaluate employees in a variety of professions. As you will see, these attitudes can be struggles for us all at one time or another. The 5 hazardous attitudes are:
As a group, we discused which hazzardous attitude we most closely identify with and why it may be important to work on that attitude. It is amazing how insightful and honest teens can be. Each student identified a hazardous attitude either in themselves or someone close to them.
Anti-Authority: People with an anti-authority attitude don’t like being told what to do or how to do things. They tend to disregard rules and regulations altogether, believing that the rules don’t apply to them.
Impulsivity: Being impulsive means acting without thinking. Impulsive people make decisions with little or no concern for the consequences.
Invulnerability: A common attitude of a lot of people is that bad things only happen to other people. Invulnerability means that you feel invisible and untouchable.
Macho: A macho person thinks he or she is the best in the world and that they can do anything. A person with a macho attitude is usually very competitive and can often be found engaging in risky behavior to “show off” their skills.
Resignation: People with an attitude of resignation tend to give up easily when faced with a challenge. They don’t take criticism well and avoid making decisions. They often think that there is nothing they can do to change an outcome or fix a problem.
Antidote: A way to counteract or cancel.
In the end, students were reminded that we all have an atitude which is often displayed in our opinions and actions about the world around us. It was pointed out that not all attitudes are hazardous and many are often formed by the way we were reaised and our experiences. The important thing is to think about and recognize our attitudes and take steps to change them if they are soemthing that we really arent happy with.
Until next time, keep up that positive attitude!
Information addapted from the following website articles:
Attitude Quote: http://faculty.kutztown.edu/friehauf/attitude.html