"Change Your Attitude, Change Your Future"
When I was a fifteen year old kid a very large, and very drunk, cowboy made me an offer. He said, “Son, if you will ride a bull I will give you my cowboy hat.” Well, I really wanted his hat, but I was certainly not drunk and new better than to agree to this deal. Bulls have a way or “horning in” on your business if you know what I mean.
In fact, bull riding is one of the most dangerous sports in the world. People attend rodeos to see cowboys strap themselves to the back of an animal that has the power to not only buck them off, but to inflict major harm and injury to the rider. The cowboy only has to stay on the bull’s back for a short eight seconds. But that eights seconds turns into minutes as soon as that gate is opened and the fury of the bull is unleashed with powerful jumps, kicks, and convulsion-like moves; all meant to literally sling the cowboy "into" the ground.
It is often said that rodeo bulls have “bad attitudes.” This usually means that the bull is mean and nasty, and that the cowboy will have a difficult time making his ride last for the eight seconds. Bulls with the worst attitude seem to be given certain names to add to fear of the rider; Mudslinger, Yellow Jacket, Hammer, Hurricane, and Ugly.
It seems to me that many times during our regularly programmed day we symbolically strap ourselves to the back of a bad attitude. We hold on to that attitude with all our strength not willing to let go. We seem to think that if we hold on long enough we will conquer it and win a big prize. However, the people we care about and love are standing on the sidelines watching and wondering when will the eight seconds be over?
I recently interviewed a person that has had many bumps and bruises in life. Such a tough life that anyone would agree; she defiantly has the right to have a bad attitude. The amazing thing is her outlook on each day of her life is one of power and success. She knows that she is someone special and has a lot to offer her employer, her family, and herself. So, what does she have that causes her attitude to be positive each day?
In interviewing her I found FIVE things that only takes eight seconds to apply. It has been said that attitude determines your altitude. If you apply these five tips you will find that your life will climb to exciting new heights.
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