The need for attitudinal change(Part 2)

1 December 2009 at 04:40 | 529 views

By Essa Thaim-Kurugba, Publisher – Footprint News, USA.

Good attitudinal change is found within you. Your attitude and feelings will infect or affect the moods, and feelings of those around you. If you face your comrades with a cheerful expectant attitude around them, they will definitely try to know you more than ever.

Therefore, if you are positive, expect more positive results from your attitude and your performances accordingly. But if you face your fellow comrades with an off-putting attitude, pessimism, arrogant attitude, believe me, it will tell on you and be ready to expect negative reactions. Bear in mind that your behavioral attitude towards your fellow comrades, the underprivileged and the weak, will reflect negatively on you. Your attitude towards the people of your country will tell on you, will show the type of attitude within you (cause and affect). So one of the main rules to being successful in life is to know that the world is a mirror, and it’s often a merciless mirror, of ourselves and our attitudes and traits.

From my observations, many Sierra Leoneans today live lives full of doubt, defensiveness and skepticism. We have some Sierra Leoneans within our midst that are walking with narrow minded or doubtful visions, negatively commenting on others around them. They continue to build emotional walls to protect their deceitful looks and corrupt deeds and this type of behavior makes no sense. This poor attitude is a magnet for undesirable experiences.

These undesirable experiences come, as they must, because of their poor attitudes. Clearly, they become both the prophet and the prophecy. We get what we expect and that’s it!

We human beings are responsible for our own lives; we are where we are because of choices we made (cause and affect) during the course of running away during the civil war for our lives. If we want to be somewhere else today in our lives, we need to make the choices that will move us there – the first choice would be the choice of changing our own attititude. As soon as we begin to change, the world will begin to reflect those changes – immediately.

Think about this for a moment: If you are the type of person that has a good attitude on the average, and one day you come in to work and you are emotionally feeling down, what would be the first questions you are asked by your fellow employees? That is right! You will be asked: What’s wrong? Believe me, you will quickly see a change and react to it swiftly. The same will work in the opposite direction. If you normally carry a negative or defensive attitude, the changing of that attitude will have an immediate impact on how the world perceives and reacts to you.

So, as you shape and pattern your life as a Sierra Leonean whether personal or professional, people will know that it is further detailed and textured by your attitude. Many people start their day in a neutral attitude format. This is unfortunate. For these people are usually moved into the day’s attitude by the first stimulus they encounter, either good or bad. They will take it. These attitudinal chameleons, crawling through their day, changing the color of their cheer or discontent to that of their environments, are always very scary.

Attitudinal chameleons are the reason why we MUST control our attitudes, abstain from the pull-him-down syndrome , reduce the pattern of always being corrupt and assuring the advanced nations that we (Sierra Leoneans) are excellent, good mannered, enjoy good governance and have a good attitude within ourselves. Remember: Attitudinal Change is the panaceaor magic wand for a better Sierra Leone.

Watch out for Part 3 next week.