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The Most Powerful Reasons to Hate a Lousy Attitude

…Sour disposition, negativity, antagonistic, rude, condescending, stubborn, opinionated, and distrustful.

Actually, those characteristics describe one of the most beloved characters in any Disney movie.  Doesn’t mean the character was loved because of those characteristics.  What ultimately made this character a loveable part of the story was his slow transformation into an empathic, compassionate, joyful, and caring soul.

But…getting there took time and generally a sense of isolation from the rest of the group.  It could have been so much easier for him if he could have been all the things he was at the end of the film…at the beginning of the film.  Life would have been so much better for him and those around him if he hadn’t had such a lousy attitude.

Who was this character?  It was Grumpy in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

Imagine those characteristics being descriptive of you!  Scary, huh?  What do you think your life would be like if they actually did describe you?

Well, you may not be a movie star like Grumpy but if you consistently exhibit his early characteristics you, my friend, have the lousy attitude of that movie star.  You are Grumpy personified and suffering the same consequences he did early in the movie.

Let’s look at a few of the consequences of Grumpy-like characteristics (a lousy attitude) and what you can do about them.  As you will see, there are lots of powerful reasons why you should hate them.

A sour disposition makes you sullen, morose, disagreeable, harsh and generally, unpleasant.  There is nothing in those characteristics that will lead you down the path of life merrily singing “Hi-Ho, Hi-Ho…”  Furthermore, nobody around you will be singing that merry little ditty either!

Negative outcomes are always bad outcomes.  That is exactly what you will get if you are consistently  pessimistic, downbeat, or skeptical which are some of the descriptors for negativity, in general.

You are what you think.  If your attitude comes from a place of negativity, you will reap negative results.

Remember Darth Vader in the Star Wars Trilogy?  I don’t think he could be described as anything but antagonistic toward Luke Skywalker and the rest of the good guys.

Why?  Well, was he in opposition of and hostile towards Luke and the others?  If your answer is yes, then Darth was the living description of antagonistic.

What did that get him, ultimately?  I rest my case for you to overcome being an antagonistic person.

So…you like being rough and impolite.  You get off on it, so to speak.  Being rude is your way of expressing your independence from behavioral norms.

Good luck!  Life is not an independent pursuit.  It takes help from other people all along the way.  Being rude nullifies any chance for that help.

Forgive the religious overtone but “holier than thou” is one of the quickest ways to drive people from your circle of influence.  “Holier than thou” is the best description I can come up with for being condescending.

Your patronizing superiority as a condescending person reduces you to laughable inferiority.  People want to be appreciated not patronized!

I remember my mother dealing with my little sister’s stubborn streak when we were kids.  On occasion if she didn’t want to do something, my sister would turn red in the face and grit her teeth in stubborn denial.

The consequences were not a pretty sight!  ☺  They won’t be for you either, if people see you as stubborn even in the face of good arguments to get into flow with the thinking of others.

The current political scene in the U.S. has many examples of opinionated people.  I won’t name names.  That would be Grumpy’s characteristic of being rude.

Suffice to say there are many people on the political stump who are expressing themselves in conceitedly assertive and dogmatic ways.  Their ultimate political fate will probably not be victory at the polls.

Trust me…you can’t be victorious in the polling place of life if you are opinionated to a fault.

There was one point in the movie where Grumpy was distrustful of Snow White’s intentions.  Grumpy referred to what Snow White had cooking on the stove in their cottage as “witch’s brew.”  How do you think that made Snow White feel?

How do you think other people feel when you are unjustifiably distrustful of something they “cooked up?”

The foregoing eight characteristics are the most powerful reasons to hate a lousy attitude.

Here is one powerful solution to overcome all of them!  Read and then practice the principles espoused in Dale Carnegie’s book, How to Win Friends and Influence People.

It has helped millions of people all over the world overcome a lousy attitude for more than eight decades.  It remains, in my opinion, the gold standard of personal develop books.

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