My Attitude Makes The Difference: Lesson #5 of the 7 Most Important Leadership Lessons I’ve Ever Learned

“I think of attitude as an inward feeling expressed by outward behavior. People always project on the outside what they feel on the inside.” –John C. Maxwell

When I was in high school and college, I was exposed to quite a few “motivational” speakers. In fact, it was a major part of my orientation to my college. I remember walking away all excited and ready to kick butt at college.

That lasted for 24 hours.

There are plenty of people out there whose mission it is to rile people up, get them excited about life, and make sure you walk away feeling good. I have no problem with that, but often times, the positive attitudes that result from motivational speeches are short lived and have no lasting impact on my life.

I can’t depend on others to give me a positive attitude. It’s totally up to me.

Still, I truly believe that your attitude makes a difference. No, I don’t believe it makes a difference. I believe it makes the difference.

There are some people that have a natural disposition of a positive attitude. They look at every thing with a positive bent. And there are those that look at everything with a negative attitude.

Quick: rattle off the names of 3 people that have a positive attitude and 3 people that have a negative attitude.

I bet it didn’t take long to name those people.

As a ministry leader, you need to have a natural bent towards positivity. It’s within your control. Here are 4 strategies that I pursue in hopes of keeping a positive attitude.

  1. Look at problems as opportunities. They actually are opportunities because they force you to look at the situation differently than before.
  2. Look at people as gifts. I know there are people in your life that get on your nerves. What gifts do they bring to your ministry? How can you harness that gift? Every person brings something to the ministry.
  3. Look at perfection as impossible. I really want to be perfect…at everything. Unfortunately, that’s a gift that only Jesus has. If I can just accept the fact that I’m not going to lead my ministry perfectly, it allows me to try things, make mistakes and learn from every experience.
  4. Avoid negative people. Someone once said that you become who you hang out with. Surround yourself with negative people, you will become negative. Surround yourself with positive people, you will bcome positive. Find the positive people in your life and spend time with them.

Remember, the attitude that you bring to your ministry is the attitude that defines your ministry.

Question: How do you keep a positive attitude?

 

Here is a summary of posts for the “The 7 Most Important Leadership Lessons I’ve Learned in Ministry” series:

John Rinaldo

As the Business Manager at St. Catherine Catholic Church in Morgan Hill, CA, Dr. John Rinaldo serves as the administrator over operations and finances for the parish in support of all parish ministries. Previously, John served as the Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry for the Diocese of San Jose, empowering parish communities to minister to the needs of youth and young adults. John is also an adjunct professor at Santa Clara University teaching pastoral ministry courses to graduate students.


John Rinaldo


As the Business Manager at St. Catherine Catholic Church in Morgan Hill, CA, Dr. John Rinaldo serves as the administrator over operations and finances for the parish in support of all parish ministries. Previously, John served as the Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry for the Diocese of San Jose, empowering parish communities to minister to the needs of youth and young adults. John is also an adjunct professor at Santa Clara University teaching pastoral ministry courses to graduate students.



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