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#7 Attitude

Class #7 - “Attitude”

1.         Look up the definition of “attitude” in the dictionary.  Attitude means:


2.         Read Proverbs 4:23 (page 628)

The verse says:


What does the verse mean?


3.         Read 1st Chronicles 28:9  (page 422) and Psalm 94:11 (page 591)

Who searches all hearts?

What else does He do?


What does the Lord know?


4.         Read Matthew 15:18,19 (page 971)

Where do my words come from?


What bad things can come from the heart?


5.         Read Philippians 2:3-11 (page 1162)

Whose attitude should I have? (Verse 5)


What kind of attitude did He have?


What did He do?


What kind of reward did He receive?


6.         Read Psalm 51:10 (page 562)

What can we ask God to do for us in building a godly attitude?


Summary Statements

¨      God knows your mind (1 Chronicles 28:9, Psalm 94:11; Jeremiah 17:10).

¨      Attitudes can be positive or negative.

¨      We are to guard our thoughts because attitudes become actions (Proverbs 4:23).

¨    Christ is the Supreme Example of proper attitude resulting in proper actions (Phil 2:3-8). 


Principles That Work

1.      When we have a humble, serving attitude at work, we are obeying God’s Word and we are “successful” in His eyes. The right attitude is proof of our commitment to God.

2.      Servanthood is learned in the workplace.

3.      In the professional work environment, it is often our attitude more than our aptitude or ability that determines success.

4.      We should be known for the positive attitude that we bring to the work environment.

5.      Adversity gives us the opportunity to validate our faith by the way we respond.

6.      Handling work responsibilities with a proper attitude will reap benefits for you. A bad attitude will also have consequences.


“The longer I live the more I realize the impact of attitude in our life. Attitude is more important that facts. It is more important than the past, than education, 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 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 do is play on 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.

by Charles Swindoll

Practical                                                                        Name _______________________________

1.      List the initials of the person to whom you have demonstrated the best attitude.



2.      List the initials of the person to whom you have shown the poorest attitude.



3.      What area of your life causes you the most difficulty in developing a Christ-like attitude?




4.       In what ways do you need to improve your attitude toward people who have authority over you?





5.      In what ways do you need to improve your attitude toward your co-workers?




6.      List three things you are going to do as a result of this session to improve your attitude.




Small Group Discussion Questions - Class #7 – Attitude

I can refer to the previous “Practical” page as the Mentor asks these questions.

Question #1:     What area of your life causes you the most difficulty in developing

                        a Christ-like attitude?




Question #2:     What have you learned from this study that will help you improve

                        your attitude in this area?




Question #3:     What are one or two ways you are going to apply what you have

                        learned this week in improving your attitude?



Question #4:     From what you have studied in this class, what part does God play

                        in helping us build the right kind of attitude? What can (and what

                        will) you do about this?





Job Interviews      -       to find out if you want to work there and to sell yourself.
  • Research the Organization Before You Go In (Parachute, page 116)
  • Specify the time you need (Parachute, page 116)
  • Observe the 50-50 Rule (Parachute, page 119 #4)
  • Observe the Twenty-Second to Two-Minute Rule (Parachute, page 119 #5)
  • Be Seen As a Part of the Solution, Not As a Part of the Problem (Parachute, page 120)
  • Be Seen As a Resource Person, Not As a Job Beggar
  • The Way You Are Doing Your Job-Hunt Is The Way You Will Do Your Job (Parachute, p. 121 #7)
  • Bring Evidence If You Can (Parachute, page 121 #8)
  • Don’t Bad Mouth Your Previous Employer (Parachute, page 121 #9)

Five Key Questions the Employer Wants to Know (Parachute, page 123)

  1. “Why are you here”?
  2. “What can you do for us”?
  3. “What kind of person are you”?
  4. “What distinguishes you from nineteen other people who can do the same tasks that you can”?
  5. “Can I afford you”?
Questions You Might Be Asked(Parachute, page 122) –

Write Down Your Answer to Each of These Questions

  • What do you know about this company?
  • Tell me about yourself.
  • Why are you applying for this job?
  • How would you describe yourself?
  • What are your major strengths?
  • What is your greatest weakness?
  • What type of work do you like to do best?
  • What are your interests outside of work?
  • What accomplishment gave you the greatest satisfaction?
  • Why did you leave your last job?
  • Why were you fired (if you were)?
  • Where do you see yourself five years from now?
  • What are your goals in life?
  • Are there any questions you would like to ask me?
  • How much did you make at your last job?

The employer doesn’t really care about your past.

He only asks about it in order to predict your future.

Develop alternatives. Go after at least five target employers.

You Need Some Answers Yourself (Parachute, page 130)

  1. What does this job involve?
  2. What are the needs they have?
  3. What are the skills a top employee in this job would have to have?
  4. Are these the kinds of people I’d like to work with?
  5. If we want to work together, what skills and evidence from my past experience would convince them I’m different from other applicants?
  6. Can I convince them to hire me?

Practice Interviews (in small groups)

Mention to your group:

  • the field you want to be in
  • the employer within that field you’re targeting
  • the occupation you want with that employer
  • the title of “the person who has the authority to hire”

Knock on the office door of your Interviewer and introduce yourself.

Your Interviewer will “act out” or “make up” the situation you just described and play the role of the person who can hire. However, you, the person being interviewed, will not be acting. You must be totally truthful in presenting yourself and answering questions!

After your practice interview, tell your group how you think you did and ask them for any helpful suggestions they might have.

Assignment for Class #8

Lots of Reading

Start Early

17 pages! 

Read the inspiring story of Joseph in Genesis 37-50 and answer the questions on the two pages in the Class #8 notes..


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