Are You Watching Your Attitude Indicator?

March 7, 2012 — 24 Comments
Are You Watching Your Attitude Indicator? | Joseph Lalonde

If you have ever seen the inside of an airplane cockpit, you know that there is an instrument panel.

The instrument panel contains many different gauges and switches. One of these is the Attitude Indicator.

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You may be asking “What purpose does an attitude indicator serve?”

The main purpose of the attitude indicator is to tell the pilot the orientation of the airplane relative to earth. Whether the nose is up or the nose is down.

This is important knowledge to have because it affects the performance of the airplane.

If the nose is up, the plane slows and starts to ascend. Nose down and the plane increases in speed and descends.

Could you imagine what would happen if the pilot did not know whether the nose was up or down?

Just like the airplane, YOU need to have an attitude indicator.

Your attitude makes the biggest difference in the way you view your life.

Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.
— Winston Churchill

It will affect the choices that you make, the opportunities that you see, and the direction that your life will head.

Is your attitude indicator pointed nose down?

  • You see all of the negative in your life
  • Everything is out of your control
  • Everyone is against you?

If your attitude indicator is pointed down, you are heading for a crash. You need to pull up and correct your attitude.

Check to see if you are going nose up:

  • You see the world as a happy place
  • You see the good in others
  • You see good possibilities
  • You know things work together for your good

Take a moment today and reflect on the position of your attitude indicator. Do you need to correct it?

If so, begin to raise your nose and increase your altitude. Begin to soar today!

Choosing to be positive and having a grateful attitude is going to determine how you’re going to live your life.
— Joel Osteen

Question: Have you checked your attitude indicator lately? Are you in need of an attitude correction? Please share your thoughts in the comment section below.

 

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  • http://twitter.com/_ThomasMason Thomas Mason

    I needed this today, Joe.

    • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

      Thomas, I’m glad it spoke to you today. Hope you start going nose up!

    • http://talesofwork.com/ kimanzi constable

      I second that Thomas, I needed it too!

  • http://talesofwork.com/ kimanzi constable

    I’ve think for the most part mine is pointed in the right direction. Lately if it is pointed in the wrong direction I think it’s because of fighting with doubt. Doubt can really put you in a bad mood if you don’t keep it in check!

    • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

      Sorry to hear you’re dealing with doubt Kimanzi. It can be a tough thing to overcome. It seems to drain the life from us. Praying that you slay the doubt dragon and keep on doing the great work you have been.

      • http://talesofwork.com/ kimanzi constable

        I really apprciate that Joe

    • http://tcavey.blogspot.com/ TCAvey

      I’ll be praying for you Kimanzi. Doubt is a stealer of joy and comes from Satan. Remember, “the thief comes to steal, kill and destroy, I have come that you may have life and have it more abundantly”

      • http://talesofwork.com/ kimanzi constable

        Great words of encouragement, thanks TC!

        • http://tcavey.blogspot.com/ TCAvey

          You’re welcome!

  • http://www.thestoriedsoul.wordpress.com/ Arny

    Niiiiiice…

    Postitive attitude….got it!

  • http://tcavey.blogspot.com/ TCAvey

    Great post. Thanks.

  • http://danblackonleadership.com/ Dan Black

    If you could invent and patent a radar that if you point tells you the current attitude of a person, you would make millions. Just a thought:)

    Knowing your current attitude is so important for daily life. Attitude is a powerful thing that must be managed on a daily basis. When I start having a bad attitude I try and figure out the cause of it then making the changes.

    Great post!!!

    • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

      Wouldn’t that be great Dan! But I think they already did that. Isn’t that what mood rings are for? (-;

      • http://danblackonleadership.com/ Dan Black

        But you cant go up to your boss and ask him to put it on to see what mood he is in:)

        I was thinking like a cop speed gun but a mood gun.

        • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

          That would be nice. But I wonder what your boss would think of you pointing a mood gun at him?

          • http://danblackonleadership.com/ Dan Black

            True:)

  • http://www.jasonvana.com Jason Vana

    Whenever my attitude changes, it’s usually a slight change. I don’t necessarily have the emotional extremes – either really sour attitude or super awesome attitude. Sometimes it can be hard to tell if my “nose” is more up or more down, but it’s something I try to watch consistantly and make changes as I go.

    • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

      I understand that. That’s similar to how my attitude is and I think it’s even more important to watch it when you’re like that. You can be in a nose down situation for a long time before noticing.

  • http://www.skipprichard.com/ Skip Prichard

    Joe, a good reminder. And the people around us help guide us if we are off course. Positive, negative or “realistic”, whatever we are, the continued adjustment is needed to keep us on track.

    • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

      Skip, thanks for visiting my blog. Glad to hear you enjoyed the post.

      You’re right, we need to be open to others and let them help guide us. Kind of like a wingman.

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