“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 or 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 will 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 on the one string we have, and that is our attitude. I am convinced that life is 10% of what happens to me and 90% how I react to it. And so it is with you. We are in charge of our attitudes.” -Charles R. Swindoll
This passage written by author Charles R. Swindoll truly embraces Mizzou Football’s approach to attitude. We are not able to control what happens in life. We are not able to control what happens in football. Whether on the field or off of it, we have no control over the circumstances that may fall upon us. What we do have control over, however, is the way in which we choose to deal with these circumstances. When faced with a tough loss, an injury, a bad play, the only thing we can do is choose to be positive. Choosing a positive attitude will allow us to face the situation in a more constructive, effective manner. No matter the situation, no matter the circumstance, we must make the decision to be positive; we must choose a winner’s attitude.