Attitude is Everything

Recently I have been reminded that a person’s attitude has more bearing on what goes on in their world than practically any other factor.

If you believe you are going to fail, you probably will. If you assume others are trying to make you miserable, you will probably be miserable. On the other hand, if you believe life is generally good and just occasionally things go a bit astray, your world will probably feel mostly positive.

The same is true with our hobbies!

Monday, Kellie shared a great post about turning a potential negative (fogged up lens), into a positive (amazing photos). The specific reality didn’t change, only her attitude chose what the outcome would be.

Learning something new in knitting (or any physical activity) is much the same. If it is truly new, there is a high likelihood that it won’t be done perfectly from the start. But attitude (as opposed to “raw” talent) is often the distinguishing characteristic between success and failure.

Saying you will never get it and giving up makes the statement true! If you don’t keep trying, you won’t ever get it and it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.

But accepting that it might take a bit of time before the motions become second nature allows you to invest the time to actually become proficient.

It is the primary reason I don’t allow any sort of negative talk in the classroom. It just doesn’t add anything to the learning experience.

The project that I am currently working on for a knitting publication is somewhat different than I had originally proposed. The difference is not found the final garment’s appearance, but the construction method had to be altered rather significantly.

If I was going to fulfill the contractual obligation I had two choices: 1) Be unhappy with the change and fight it the whole way through the process or 2) embrace it as an opportunity to learn, experiment and try something new. I almost always choose option #2!

As I have now made significant progress I am able to confirm that my new techniques, concepts and implementation of the ideas are working nearly flawlessly. So once again, a positive attitude for the win!