Years ago, I heard a motivational speaker say that “it’s not your aptitude, but your attitude, that determines your altitude.” That saying stuck with me and has proven true in many areas of my life, including my writing life.
Attitude is a key element of writing success. A positive attitude will propel you toward success, while a negative attitude will draw you away from it. Why is this so?
God has designed the human mind to gravitate toward what it thinks about most. When one has a negative attitude, one is thinking about negative things. Thinking about negative things causes a person to attract negative things to herself. Likewise, thinking about positive things causes a person to attract positive things to herself.
For example, if you keep thinking that you will never make it as a writer, you will subconsciously create those circumstances that will cause you to fail as a writer. But, if you keep thinking that you will eventually succeed as a writer, you will subconsciously create those circumstances that will cause you to succeed as a writer.
It is not for naught that our Lord commands us in Philippians 4:8 to think about those things that are true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent, and praiseworthy. Determine today that you will obey God by thinking good thoughts. As you think good thoughts, those good thoughts will express themselves in positive words, and your positive words will then create your writing future (Proverbs 18:21).
Copyright 2014 by MaryAnn Diorio, PhD, MFA. All rights reserved.