Check Your Attitude

Check Your Attitude

Running a mile in less than four minutes was once thought impossible … but on May 6, 1954, Roger Bannister did it in Oxford, England. Three years later, 16 other runners had also done it. What changed? The runners talent did not change. Their attitude changed. They knew that running a mile faster than four minutes was now possible. The mental barrier that had previously limited them was no longer in place. They went from a “it cannot be done” to “it can be done” mindset. The same applies in business.

People at the top of their profession – executives, salespeople, etc. – are often comparable in talent. What differentiates them is their attitude. As leadership expert John Maxwell says, “Attitude is the difference maker.” What is attitude? It is the way that you dedicate yourself to the way you think. It is the thoughts behind the words you speak that create your attitude. Since attitude is the foundation for everything you want to achieve, having a positive, can-do attitude that attracts people to you and is contagious to others is essential to success.

Everyone has an attitude. The question is, what kind of attitude is it? Once you know where you are starting from, you can start creating and executing a plan for improving it. Again, attitude is the way that you dedicate yourself to the way you think. It is something that you give yourself over time. A positive attitude must be created and continuously reinforced. There is no instant positive attitude. There is only instant negative attitude. Below are five ways to create and sustain a positive, can-do attitude.

  1. Be solution-oriented. Every problem is an opportunity waiting to be solved. Instead of spending time complaining about the problem, invest time working to solve it.
  2. Stop blaming circumstances and people for where you are today. Take personal responsibility for improving your position. Blaming is negative. Taking personal responsibility is positive – and empowering.
  3. Surround yourself with positive people and things. Proactively guard yourself against negative people, negative self-talk and negativity in general; e.g., gossip, news, etc.
  4. Think before you speak. How will your comments be received? What you say should get you closer to where you want to go. Say all things in a positive way. You want to create a positive outcome and favorable exchange.
  5. Work to maintain a positive attitude every day through personal development; i.e., books, mentors, etc. What you want to achieve, believe it. It is in your head before it becomes a reality.

While you cannot always choose what happens to you, you can always choose what happens in you. Attitude is self-induced. It is a choice. You determine what your attitude is or is not. The first rule of winning is, do not beat yourself. If you have a negative attitude, you are beating yourself and giving others an advantage. A positive, can-do attitude will always help you do everything better than a negative one. A positive attitude gives you power over your circumstances instead of your circumstances having power of you.

All contents copyright © 2016, Josh Lowry. All rights reserved.


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