Your attitude will always determine your altitude

positive thoughts keep you gooing

Positive thoughts motivate you to keep moving forward

Excerpt from In search of higher ground

Imagine, if you will, that you are at home, comfortably sleeping in bed. It is 2:30 a.m., and your house is filled with a sense of peace and serenity. Suddenly, you are awakened by the loud ringing of your telephone. You quickly jump out of bed to answer the phone. As you pick up the receiver and place it to your ear, what do you think the information you are about to receive will be…positive or negative?

Your car is making a funny noise so you reluctantly take it to your local mechanic. He takes a quick look at the car and lets you know that further diagnosis will be necessary. You leave the car at the shop and go about your day. A few hours go by and you receive a call from the mechanic. As he begins to tell you what he has found wrong with the car, what is your mind-thinking…positive or negative?

Your boss tells you that he or she would like to see you in their office first thing tomorrow morning. You say yes, as if you have an option, and you head home for the evening. Your boss rarely talks to you and so your mind begins to wrestle with what the subject will center around. You quickly evaluate your progress at work. Your mind gives you an account of your last few days and you begin to re-evaluate over and over, things that were said, projects that were due or anything else that would help you to understand why your boss wants to see you. After a long night of tossing and turning, you get up, get ready, and head for work. When you arrive, you go straight to your boss’s office and sit as confident as possible in front of his or her desk. Now tell me, what is going through your mind…positive or negative?

In each of these scenarios there is a good chance that you were quicker to think in the negative rather than to think in the positive. Unfortunately, we as people have a tendency to lean toward a negative mental outlook. A variety of reasons cause us to believe the best for the next guy, but not for ourselves. It’s like Murphy’s Law. “If it can go wrong, it will.” Most people think that for themselves! They feel that opportunities and good fortune happen to others, but are not reserved for them. Have you ever been in a grocery store and looked at two checkout lines and had to make a decision which one you would go to? Then you catch yourself thinking, “It doesn’t matter which one I choose, the line I go in will be slower.” We take this kind of negative, pessimistic approach and we try to carry it with us on the road to Higher Ground, but it doesn’t work. Negative thinking will prohibit you from reaching your fullest potential, and will weigh you down until you don’t want to climb anymore.

The good news is that if a negative attitude is “death” to a person who wants to climb to the top, then a positive and healthy attitude can be “life” to that same person. A positive attitude becomes the fuel to ignite your spirit as you set your course for success. It becomes a compass that guides you on your journey and leads you to higher places. Nothing can exchange the power and potential that is found when one person goes deep inside their soul and discovers the amazing strength that is found in belief.

  • The belief in themselves and in their personal potential.
  • The belief that anything is possible.
  • The belief that if they set their mind to it, they can accomplish something extraordinary.
  • The belief that greatness, success, and achievement are not reserved for the few, but are possible for anyone.
  • That the Creator has not selected only a handful of people to be achievers, but that in God’s infinite wisdom, He placed in the spirit of man the ability to win and to win big!

Until next time,

Chris Sonksen


Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.

-Philippians 4:8

Man, alone, has the power to transform his thoughts into physical reality; man, alone, can dream and make his dreams come true.

– Napoleon Hill


About Chris Sonksen

Chris Sonksen is the founder and Lead Pastor of South Hills Church and has an exceptional ability to inspire both secular and non-secular audiences. Under his leadership, South Hills has experienced phenomenal growth and in just a few short years has grown from a handful of people to nearly 3000 in attendance today. Today South Hills has become a thriving, multi-service and multi-site church. Chris has a magnetic, captivating and humorous style for motivating and inspiring all audiences. As a motivational speaker, he has spoken both nationally and internationally in companies such as Verizon, Securitas and Home Depot, and there is no doubt that by applying his teachings, his audience will improve the quality of their lives! Chris is the author of two books In Search of Higher Ground and Handshake. Chris is the founder of Celera Church Strategy Group an organization with an unwavering commitment to excellence in all things, with the goal to “raise the national average of church attendance,” by equipping church leaders with resources and coaching. Chris brings high-energy focus and a passion for vision and leadership to encourage and equip the local Church. Chris is a native Californian, born in Long Beach and currently resides in Corona with his wife, Laura and their two children, Grace and Aidan.

Posted on April 15, 2010, in Habits, Leadership, Personal Growth, Thoughts and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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