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Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2014
How high will you climb? John Maxwell says it all depends on your attitude.
Nose up or nose down? Just as the angle of an airplane determines its altitude, so does the approach we taketo family, to work, to life in generaldetermine the attitude we present the world. The way we solve a problem is often secondary to the approach we take in facing the problem, our outward expression every bit as critical as the inward struggle. When the skies above appear stormy, how will you steer that internal plane we call attitude?
With How High Will You Climb?, author John Maxwell presents detailed lessons on the single invaluable quality that has become a persons primary force toward success. As the world around us delivers challengesall the while marching on at its own inevitable pacethe attitude we choose affects each of us individually. And yes, an attitude can be chosen. Attitude is easy in times of joy and progress. But how do you handle the failures sure to interrupt the attainment of goals? What happens to us is often quite different from what happens in us.
Calling the Bible a handbook on attitude performance, Maxwell emphasizes we are never actually flying solo. God supports our approach to problem solving and helps steer the attitude adjustments necessary to think correctly in a sometimes negative world. With a study guide to help evaluate and build upon your own flight angle, How High Will You Climb? establishes the fundamental elements for a steady, durable flight of life.
John C. Maxwell, a #1 New York Times bestselling author, coach, and speaker was identified as the #1 leader in business by the AMA and the worlds most influential leadership expert by Business Insider and Inc. magazines in 2014.His organizationsThe John Maxwell Company, The John Maxwell Team, EQUIP, and the John Maxwell Leadership Foundationhave trained more than 5 million leaders worldwide. Visit JohnMaxwell.com for more information.
BridgetHaymondSarasota, FLAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Attitude is the great predictorJuly 30, 2014BridgetHaymondSarasota, FLAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The subtitle for this book is Determine Your Success by Cultivating the Right Attitude. This book was written by John C. Maxwell and is an updated, shorter version of his previous book, The Winning Attitude. In this book Maxwell uses the analogy of an airplane as he addresses the consideration of your attitude, the construction of your attitude, the crashing of your attitude and the changing of your attitude.
This book contains plenty of Biblical references and attitude applications. Maxwell looks at the life of Jesus as the example of a proper attitude noting that he was selfless, secure and submissive, and he details how these three healthy attitudes will lead us to success in life.
Maxwell addresses things such as fear of failure, discouragement, lack of purpose and a plan. He also looks at overcoming failure, a wrong self-image, blaming others and selfishness. This is a short easy to read book with lots of nuggets of encouragement to keep you motivated and on right track when it comes to choosing your attitude.
At the end of the day, cultivating the right attitude is an exercise in self-leadership that will lead to success when practiced regularly. If you are a John C. Maxwell fan and havent already read of The Winning Attitude, you will most definitely want to get a copy of How High Will You Climb? for your library.
By way of disclosure: I received a free review copy of How High Will You Climb? by John C. Maxwell from Thomas Nelson Books in exchange for writing a reviewgood, bad, or otherwise.
VV Boutique StyleCanadaAge: 35-44Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5The Right Attitude Makes all the DifferenceJuly 28, 2014VV Boutique StyleCanadaAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4Why did I choose this book:
The subtitle of this book caught my eye: "Determine your success by cultivating the right attitude." In 2011, "attitude" was my One Little Word for the year. I chose this word after reading a quote by Charles Swindoll that had a significant impact on me...
"The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think, say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company... a church... a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we embrace for that day. We cannot change our past... we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play the one string we have, and that is our attitude... I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it. And so it is with you... we are in charge of our Attitudes
After a busy few years of lots of unexpected things being added to my plate, I felt it was time to revisit "attitude" and wanted to read what Maxwell had to say about it.
*The running analogy throughout the book is airplane "attitude" - whether you're pointing up or down determines how high you'll climb, how much success you'll have.
*There were many nuggets of wisdom throughout the book. For example, Maxwell discusses that the difference between an opportunity and an obstacle is your attitude towards it. Another, "Wrong attitudes in our lives will block the blessings of God and cause us to live below God's potential for our lives." Avoid close relationships with people with a poor attitude... Have a positive attitude towards your marriage and relationships in order to have successful relationships... They are simple points but nonetheless speak truth.
*I liked the affirmation Maxwell offers about the "storms of life" which, with the right attitude, can strengthen us and lead us to our "second wind", and that we "conquer by continuing." In fact, I had many underlines throughout the book.
*Regarding problems, I loved this quote: "What can be changed for the best, we must change. When that is impossible, we must adjust to the circumstances in a positive way."
*Maxwell includes in the book prompts and space to work through some attitude exercises. He encourages readers that we ARE able to change any attitude, that we have a choice to change! No matter the circumstances (as it says in scripture), we can cultivate a godly attitude, and that whenever we feel we are lacking, we need only ask for help from the One who created us.
*Despite the almost-commonsense message of this book, it is a worthwhile read for the reminders. After all, if we were all practiced at having a good godly attitude, we would worry much less and respond to the storms of life in a consistently calm manner. I know I'm not there yet, though I'm much better than I used to be!
Maxwell's book is grounded in scripture and he emphasizes several times that we were all created for great heights! He offers an antidote to Murphy's law, cleverly called Maxwell's Law:
"Nothing is as hard as it looks; everything is more rewarding than you expect; and if anything can go right, it will and at the best possible moment."
Doesn't that sound like a great attitude to live with? I believe it is, and I for one will keep pulling out this book in my effort to do so!
Simply EmmyBacolod City, PhilippinesAge: 35-44Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Practical and Full of Common SenseMay 12, 2014Simply EmmyBacolod City, PhilippinesAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4We can all benefit from taking a closer look at our attitude and why we react or respond the way we do. Maxwell has carefully and meticulously outlined in this book the importance of our attitude, the foundational truths of our attitude, what makes or breaks our attitudes and the opportunities to change our attitude.
What makes this book more interesting are the attitude applications that are suggested at the end of every chapter. The reader can just read through the application or decide to really practice it.
Bo WhiteAge: 35-444 Stars Out Of 5March 30, 2014Bo WhiteAge: 35-44I decided to pick a book on positive attitudes for two reasons: 1) I interact with people of different faiths in a University setting and interact with people who profess the Christian faith outside of work quite a bit. And in recent years, I can honestly say, with some consternation, that no group seems to be more hopeful than another. In other words, cynicism or pessimism or as my elementary school age children would say, "stinky attitudes" seem to be pervasive and all around us. 2) I do believe attitude is a choice, so many of the "stinky attitudes," are by choice.
More than 20 million copies of John C. Maxwell's books have been sold and while I like his 5 levels of leadership in particular, I have only read 3 of the over 50 books he has written. Now, I have read four.
How High Will You Climb? is a re-release as on more than one occasion an illustration is used in the present tense of when Maxwell is pastoring in California. He currently lives in Florida, so the lack of updating was a bit disappointing. With that said, "Unquestionably, our surroundings help construct our attitudes...." (31). This point is driven home, for me, when Maxwell describes how a positive attitude can both crash from within and from without. For brevity sake, let me point out the four storms that are outside us. They are as follows: 1) Close criticism, 2) Personal Problems, 3) Conflict of Change or how we react to change, 4) Negativity. Within each of us remains our flawed bent toward self-preservation and selfishness, but outside us, we breathe a cynical air because we've accepted criticism that is less than constructive and negativity that is pervasive on the evening news to bookend our day. We all replay the bad days more than the good days which leads to emphasizing our personal problems over opportunities and underestimating how change impacts us.
And frankly, the storms without is the most helpful part of the book. I am not sure there's a way to 'self-help' or construct a list of things to do to formulate a positive attitude daily without addressing the need for climate change. Yes, we are kidding ourselves if we think we can hang out with negative people who criticize us often and not be impacted. For some of you reading this, you will need to consider your environment more than is comfortable to admit.
The rest of the book is readable, sometimes predictable, but always pressing toward the idea that your attitude and my attitude is a choice we make. Here's the kicker...so is the company we keep. I find this a challenging thought for people of faith who remain idealistic in that they can change another person or delusional about the impact, positive or negative, that they can have on others.
Andy Crouch is right. We are culture makers and are capable of creating books, music, and art that has never been seen by others. Maxwell is also right. We are equally capable of being another person's critic or negatively impacting others with our attitude. What happens if the culture we create emphasizes forgiveness more than flaws and grace more than ingratitude? So, yes, I believe climate change is real and worth noting how it is impacting your outlook today. This book may or may not help you...depends on your attitude.
(Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers <http://booklookbloggers.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.")