There is an old adage that ‘attitude is everything’, so in these challenging times it makes sense to adopt a positive and empowering approach to success. It could mean the difference between failing or achieving your goals! Attitude influences our lives in numerous ways. If you struggle to overcome challenges in your professional or personal life, perhaps your attitude is limiting your chances of success. Teenage offspring or graduate sons and daughters, may find that employers recruit on attitude. Skills can be taught, but without the right attitude, they don’t stand a chance. Unfair? Maybe, but also understandable. Then there’s a management attitude that wants the best from its employees, but ‘beats people up’ over impossible workloads whilst failing to acknowledge their achievements, even when they’ve gone the extra mile.
Why ‘attitude’ matters!
Your attitude reflects your take on life … what’s important to you, and the way you feel about yourself and others. It applies to individuals, organisations, communities and governments. Attitude reflects your beliefs about what’s possible and how you respond to challenges in your business, your career and towards any aspect of life. Attitude matters because it draws people to us or pushes them away. It makes or breaks relationships, causes talented people to leave companies and business opportunities to be lost. Attitude can fuel success and change lives, or hold us back and leave us wondering what happened! Attitude has an emotional connection. It influences those we interact with, and it changes the way we communicate with ourselves. The right attitude inspires us to believe in something better and empowers us to take action. It gives us hope that we too can influence outcomes and make things happen. With an attitude focused on success, anything becomes possible!
Challenge or opportunity?
We’ve all had encounters with people who have an attitude problem. They’re the ‘jobsworths’, the bullies, the ‘naysayers’ who drain our energy and bring us down, if we let them. They weren’t born that way. ‘Attitude’ evolves from the influences in our lives, so it makes sense that adopting an attitude that supports your success is an empowering choice. It can be as simple as changing a thought from “I can’t” to “How can I?” or a commitment from “I’ll try” to “I’ll do it!”. With the right attitude, you can handle almost anything. Every challenge holds the seeds of an opportunity that can increase your success!
An audacious goal!
Inspired by the story Napoleon Hill of ‘Think and Grow Rich’ once shared about his son, I’d like to share with you one of my own. Years ago, following a random school test, my young son was placed in the lowest set for Maths. Relating the story to me that evening, my son was outraged, firmly believing that he deserved to be in the middle set along with his friends. I listened and then gently told him he had a choice. Clearly his teachers believed he was better suited to the lower set and if that were to change, he would have to prove himself able to cope with work at a higher level. “How can I do that when I’m not even in the right set?” he complained logically, in only the way a 12 year-old can. “Well, you’d have to do the middle set’s homework in the book, along with your own until they’re convinced, but you’re already complaining about the amount of homework you get.” “I’ll do it”, he said. ” That’s a big decision to make,” I told him. “If you really want to do it, I’ll help you, but you need to sleep on it. Let me know what you decide in the morning!”
My son’s voiced intention over breakfast to reach the top set in Maths took me by surprise. At the time, I was concerned that he’d set the bar too high, but he wouldn’t be deterred and finally, after eighteen months of consistent hard work, he achieved his goal. Discovering that he had the power to make it happen, became a roadmap for dealing with every challenge in life. It also influenced the attitude of his teachers, who at first were less than helpful and later became incredibly supportive. I learnt something too. Every challenge, every goal, every achievement in life begins with the right attitude .
So maybe attitude really is everything. What do you think?