Attitude: The Difference Maker

 Attitude The Difference Maker

“Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.” – Winston Churchill

Up until 60 years ago, running a four minute mile was thought to be impossible. Then, on May 6, 1954, Roger Bannister broke through the barrier in Oxford, England. Three years later, 16 other runners had also run a mile in less than four minutes. What changed? Did the runners get more talented? No. They changed their attitude. They knew that running a mile faster than four minutes was now possible. The mental barrier that had previously limited them was gone. They went from cannot do to can do in their mind. The same applies in business.

People at the top of their profession, whether in management, sales, etc., are often comparable in talent. What differentiates them is attitude. As leadership expert John Maxwell says, “Attitude is the difference maker.” While you cannot  always choose what happens to you, you can always choose what happen in you. Attitude is a choice. A positive, can-do attitude will help you do everything better than a negative one. Having the right attitude is essential to success. If fact, successful people proactively guard themselves from both negative people and negative self-talk.

Success requires discipline or the ability to show up every day and do the right things. You must be willing to do what no one else is willing to do. As motivational speaker Grant Cardone says, you must always be willing to do “whatever it takes” to win. To break through your next professional barrier, stop comparing yourself to the best people in your company. Instead, compare yourself with the best people in your industry. Do whatever it takes to be first. Your goal is to dominate, not compete. Your attitude will be the difference maker.

All contents copyright © 2014, Josh Lowry. All rights reserved.

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