What’s Your Life Philosophy?

John Maxwell, internationally known pastor and leadership expert, has often stated that our attitude determines our approach to life.  In other words, our attitude gets us what we deserve in life.
 
One of my favorite stories told by Maxwell is about a Grandma and Grandpa who visited the grandchildren. Each afternoon Grandpa would lie down for a nap. One day, as a practical joke, the kids decided to put Limburger cheese in his moustache. Quite soon he awoke sniffing. “Why, this room stinks,” he exclaimed as he got up and went out into the kitchen. He wasn’t there long until he decided that the kitchen smelled too, so he walked outdoors for a breath of fresh air. Much to Grandpa’s surprise, the open air brought no relief, and he proclaimed, “The whole world stinks!”
 
“How true that is to life! When we carry ‘Limburger cheese’ in our attitudes, the whole world smells bad”, Maxwell goes on to explain.
 
Although I believe Maxwell has a valid point about attitude and its effect on what we get in life, I believe attitude doesn’t come first, but rather your life philosophy.  Your life philosophy affects everything in your life. It affects your attitudes, which affects your thoughts, which turn into actions, which turn into results.  And you are the author of your life philosophy. 
 
Your philosophy is what you know, how you hold what you know, and how it affects what you do.  Jeff Olson, author of The Slight Edge, states life philosophy comes down to two options:
 
1.  Entitled – What have you done for me lately?
2.  Value-driven (service driven) – What can I do for you?
 
It’s that clear cut. You are either holding others responsible for your health and happiness, or you are holding yourself accountable for those things. And by doing the latter – by looking at yourself for the solution – you will find that taking responsibility for your attitude naturally leads to serving others. It’s a win-win.
 
So what’s your life philosophy?  Is it working for you?  Catch my video on the topic and feel free to forward to someone that needs to hear this message.
 
Remember, you ARE the author of it, so you can change it.