CRITICAL ACTIONS TO MAINTAIN AND IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF YOUR LIFE

1. ATTITUDE

EVERYONE has an attitude ALL THE TIME.

You have one now reading this page. Ask yourself What is my attitude NOW? There are many words to describe your attitude. Is it a CURIOUS attitude? Is it INTERESTED? or SCEPTICAL, or EXCITED, INSPIRED, ENTHUSIASTIC, DOUBTFUL?

These attitude words can be POSITIVE or NEGATIVE as indicated by the colours.

If you have answered the question "What is my attitude now?", you have turned your UNCONSCIOUS ATTITUDE INTO A CONSCIOUS ONE.

Thus your attitude does not have to be unconscious. You can CHOOSE YOUR ATTITUDE ALL THE TIME. For example when you first wake up, you can ask yourself the question What attitude will I have today? You can make it conscious and concretise it from that moment. It is a simple technique but a very powerful one. If you go to visit friends you can choose your attitude before you enter their door. If you go to a meeting you can similarly choose and set your attitude towards that meeting and those people in it.

If you feel miserable or under the weather, you can choose instead of that unhappy attitude that goes with that feeling, a positive attitude. You can say to yourself, despite my feeling I will choose a cheerful attitude. If you make that conscious and act on it, surprisingly you will feel better.

Our ATTITUDES underly all our behaviour and actions and whilst for almost everyone they remain unconscious, you can through this simple awareness technique make them conscious and therefore work positively for you whenever you choose.

Thus the first and indeed most critical aspect of your life with Parkinson's is -

HAVING THE RIGHT ATTITUDE ALL THE TIME.

It needs to be a

POSITIVE LIFE AFFIRMING DETERMINED RESOLUTE

CHEERFUL OPTIMISTIC ENTHUSIASTIC TENACIOUS

kind of attitude!!

Having too many words can be confusing. So to make it easier below are 24 Positive Attitude words.

12 POSITIVE ATTITUDE WORD THAT DENOTE FEELING 12 POSITIVE ATTITUDE WORDS THAT DENOTE MANNER

APPRECIATIVE ATTENTIVE

BENEVOLENT CONFIDENT

CHEERFUL COOPERATIVE

CONSIDERATE CONSTRUCTIVE

EMPATHIC DETERMINED

FRIENDLY FIRM

ENCOURAGING FAIR

FUN ENTHUSIASTIC

HAPPY HARMONIOUS

KIND POSITIVE

HELPFUL RESOLUTE

HOPEFUL RECEPTIVE

You can either choose one single Attitude word which is easiest or use one from each Column to decide your attitude.

Eg: My attitude will be Happy My attitude will be Confident My attitude will be Fair My attitude will be Fun

My attitude will be Considerate but Firm My attitude will be Friendly and Receptive My attitude will be Encouraging and Determined

DETERMINING AND MAINTAINING A POSITIVE ATTITUDE EVERY SINGLE MOMENT OF EVERY SINGLE DAY WILL GIVE YOU A GREATLY IMPROVED QUALITY OF LIFE.

ATTITUDE IS EVERYTHING

Jerry was the kind of guy you love to hate. He was always in a good mood and always had something positive to say. When someone would ask him how he was doing, he would reply, "If I were any better, I would be twins!"

He was a unique manager because he had several waiters who had followed him around from restaurant to restaurant. The reason the waiters followed Jerry was because of his attitude. He was a natural motivator. If an employee was having a bad day, Jerry was there telling the employee how to look on the positive side of the situation.

Seeing this style really made me curious, so one day I went up to Jerry and asked him, "I don't get it! You can't be a positive person all of the time. How do you do it?" Jerry replied,

"Each morning I wake up and say to myself, Jerry, you have two choices today. You can choose to be in a good mood or you can choose to be in a bad mood.' I choose to be in a good mood. Each time something bad happens, I can choose to be a victim or I can choose to learn from it. I choose to learn from it. Every time someone comes to me complaining, I can choose to accept their complaining or I can point out the positive side of life. I choose the positive side of life."

"Yeah, right, it's not that easy," I protested.

"Yes it is," Jerry said. "Life is all about choices. When you cut away all the junk, every situation is a choice. You choose how you react to situations. You choose how people will affect your mood. You choose to be in a good mood or bad mood. The bottom line: It's your choice how you live life."

I reflected on what Jerry said. Soon thereafter, I left the restaurant industry to start my own business. We lost touch, but often thought about him when I made a choice about life instead of reacting to it.

Several years later, I heard that Jerry did something you are never supposed to do in a restaurant business: he left the back door open one morning and was held up at gunpoint by three armed robbers. While trying to open the safe, his hand, shaking from nervousness, slipped off the combination. The robbers panicked and shot him. Luckily, Jerry was found relatively quickly and rushed to the local trauma center. After 18 hours of surgery and weeks of intensive care, Jerry was released from the hospital with fragments of the bullets still in his body.

I saw Jerry about six months after the accident. When I asked him how he was, he replied, "If I were any better, I'd be twins. Wanna see my scars?"

I declined to see his wounds, but did ask him what had gone through his mind as the robbery took place. "The first thing that went through my mind was that I should have locked the back door," Jerry replied."Then, as I lay on the floor, I remembered that I had two choices: I could choose to live, or I could choose to die. I chose to live.

"Weren't you scared? Did you lose consciousness?" I asked. Jerry continued, "The paramedics were great. They kept telling me I was going to be fine. But when they wheeled me into the emergency room and I saw the expressions on the faces of the doctors and nurses, I got really scared. In their eyes, I read, 'He's a dead man. " I knew I needed to take action."

"What did you do?" I asked.

"Well, there was a big, burly nurse shouting questions at me," said Jerry. "She asked if I was allergic to anything. 'Yes,' I replied. The doctors and nurses stopped working as they waited for my reply.. I took a deep breath and yelled, "Bullets!" Over their laughter, I told them, "I am choosing to live. Operate on me as if I am alive, not dead."

Jerry lived thanks to the skill of his doctors, but also because of his amazing attitude. I learned from him that every day we have the choice to live fully. Attitude, after all, is everything

Francie Baltazar-Schwartz

Woman Looking at View

Attitudes