“Human beings, by changing the inner attitudes of their minds, can change the outer aspects of their lives.”
For some, there is a tendency to confuse ‘mood’ and ‘attitude’. These two terms essentially refer to the same aspect of our selves but from two totally different perspectives. ‘Mood’ is affected while ‘Attitude’ is affect-ing.
”Mood’ tends to be used as a ‘victim’ word; when someone has allowed another person’s choices to determine their response, allowed their choices to be affect-ed, while ‘Attitude’ is a ‘champion’ word used when someone owns their response, recognizes they choose their response, and allows their choices to be affect-ing. The measure of a person is in their response to circumstance, in their ability to choose an affect-ing attitude. William James recognized the inherent power in human beings to choose their attitudes, to choose their response to external circumstance to shape their lives.