Part One – The Consideration of Your Attitude
The author encourages readers to turn their attention to Christ whose attitude was always glorifying to God. “Attitude,” Maxwell notes, “is an inward feeling expressed by behavior.” And the author includes several helpful attitude axiom’s worth noting:
1. Our attitude determines our approach to life.
2. Our attitude determines our relationships with people.
3. Our attitude is the only difference between success and failure.
4. Our attitude at the beginning of a task will affect its outcome more than anything else.
5. Our attitude can turn our problems into blessings.
6. Our attitude can give us an uncommonly positive perspective.
7. Our attitude is not automatically good just because we are Christians.
Part Two – The Construction of Your Attitude
The author provides several basic truths that concern the construction of a godly attitude. Each principle is cumulative and progressively builds into a posture of maturity. Life experiences provide vehicles for building one’s attitude for the good and glorifying the Lord.
Part Three – The Crashing of Your Attitude
The author presents several practical rules to keep readers on the right attitudinal track. Additionally, he presents several pitfalls which hinder a proper attitude. These include fear of failure, discouragement, and the struggle of sin.
Part Four – The Changing of Your Attitude
Several choices are set forth which will help cultivate an attitude that glorifies God.
Choice 1 – Evaluate your present attitudes.
Choice 2 – Realize that faith is stronger than fear.
Choice 3 – Write a purpose statement.
Choice 4 – Have the desire to change.
Choice 5 – Live one day at a time.
Choice 6 – Change your thoughts patterns.
Choice 7 – Develop good habits.
Choice 8 – Continually choose to have a right attitude.
How High Will You Climb? is a useful book that will help many people adjust their attitudes in a Godward direction. I personally struggle with the positive references to men like Norman Vincent Peale. But one should be careful not to throw the baby out with the bath water. There is enough good material to make this a worthwhile read. Coaches and teachers can benefit from Maxwell’s timely wisdom. Students and athletes would do well to consider the principles in this work. Ultimately, one’s attitude should reflect the mindset of the Lord Jesus Christ.
“Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men.” (Philippians 2:5–7, ESV)
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