The Power of Our Attitudes

“A strong positive mental attitude will create more miracles than any wonder drug.”

— Patricia Neal

The Power of Our Attitudes

by David Cottrell

“We may not want to admit this responsibility, but the facts are clear: We are in charge of our attitudes – and our happiness. The choices about the attitude we’ll embrace are choices we make every day and a choice we make many times a day.

Your attitude is powerful. When facing serious illnesses, doctors will confirm that many times the difference between survivors and those who do not survive is the attitude of the patient. In sports, coaches will confirm that the attitude of the team is a major portion of the game plan. In school, teachers will confirm that positive kids produce positive results.

In business, a Gallup poll revealed that 90 percent of people say they are more productive when they are around positive people (Cottrell, 2005, p. 73-74).”

Reference: Cottrell, D. (2005). 12 choices…that lead to your success. Dallas: CornerStone Leadership Institute.

Reprinted with permission from the OSU Leadership Center, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH 43210, (614) 292-3114,

Coaching Call to Action

What attitude are you exhibiting right now? Is it serving you and those around you? If you believe you could benefit from a more positive attitude, what steps are you willing to take to get there? Take those steps. Did the change in attitude make a difference for you? Tell me about it in an email. We may share your example in a future newsletter. Simply email me at