Are You Watching Your Attitude Indicator?

March 7, 2012 — 30 Comments

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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  • Thomas Mason

    I needed this today, Joe.

    • Joe Lalonde

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

    • kimanzi constable

      I second that Thomas, I needed it too!

  • 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!

    • 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.

      • kimanzi constable

        I really apprciate that Joe

        • Ed Oyama

          it’s been a long time, Kimanzi, but how did that all that dealing with doubt work out?

    • 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”

      • kimanzi constable

        Great words of encouragement, thanks TC!

        • TCAvey

          You’re welcome!

  • Arny


    Postitive attitude….got it!

  • TCAvey

    Great post. Thanks.

  • 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!!!

    • Joe Lalonde

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

      • 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.

        • Joe Lalonde

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

          • Dan Black


  • 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.

    • 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.

  • 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.

    • 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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  • Ed Oyama

    Short, sweet, and strong, Joe. Thanks for this. I’ve been facing overwhelm this month – at work, at home, and everything else in-between, it seems. Life is getting unusually rough this month here in Kyrgyzstan. Lots of new students involved in our leadership work, many interested in one-to-one training, but we’ve got team issues, and I’m even out of my home now – bedbug invasion, and not even sure if we can stay in the apartment. I’ve gotten involved in a crowdfunding campaign too, but feeling guilty about not being able to push it very far at all towards the goal – and the clock is running out.

    But attitude is everything. True that.

    Any thoughts on how to raise up a low attitude – and avoid a crash – when everything seems to drive that attitude back down?

    • Joseph Lalonde

      Oh no Ed. Sounds like there’s a big attack going on against your attitude.

      It can be tough to pull up at this juncture. A couple of suggestions to get that attitude back up:

      1. Think back on the positives. There’s lots of them out there and thinking on the happy times can make your attitude rise.

      2. Focus on what’s going right, right now. While there may be a lot of problems happening, there’s good things going on as well. Point yourself towards those.

      3. Get together with some like minded people. Community can help raise a negative attitude to a positive one if we let it. Surround yourself with some happy, uplifting people and let your attitude rise.

      • Ed Oyama

        Joe, thanks for this. On it and pulling that attitude up! Those positives and focus are key. Spent the night with some good friends last night who took us in, and enjoyed a great breakfast. Back on the grind… and ready to fight to keep that attitude up. Will be applying this. Thanks again.

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