I have a question for you: How would you describe your attitude right now? If you could use a thermometer to measure your attitude like you would your temperature, what would the reading be?
Would the thermometer show you have a healthy attitude? Or would it show your attitude is running too hot with anger or cold with apathy?
Albert Einstein once wrote “Weakness of attitude becomes weakness of character.”
Your attitude doesn’t just decide what you do. It’s more than a difference between success or failure. Your attitude defines who you are.
I believe that attitude is the differentiating factor that separates the leaders in our business from everyone else. I’ve seen people learn and develop their skills to become superb leaders. There were others who had more experience yet, for the beginners, it was their attitude all along that powered their path to success. Even more decisive than talent was their attitude which gave them the boost to learn along the way and reach the apex.
Even for seasoned leaders with a range of skills and years of experience, attitude decides their status. Leaders who let their attitudes sour see that effect in their business. Leaders who work to build and maintain healthy attitudes are always building because their attitudes empower others to build.
“Ability is what you’re cabable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how you do it.” That’s how College Football Hall-of-Fame Coach Lou Holtz puts it. I think that’s right on target.
So, what does your attitude thermometer show? Are you happy with your reading?
If you’re not, then it’s time to change your attitude. It’s not too late. That change can be a crucial transformation that can impact every aspect of your life.
Instead of thinking something is too hard, ready yourself for the challenge. Feel the energy and excitement that comes with taking on that challenge.
Instead of dwelling in the past, look ahead to the future. Make that future an immediate choice. Look to later today and what you can do with it. Why wait ’till tomorrow?
Instead of sinking with failure, remember the lessons learned with every setback. Indeed, failure is an ingredient in the recipe for success.
Instead of sinking with the negativity from others, release and listen to your inner voice. Go with your instinct. Pave your own way. Trust yourself.
You can change your attitude and change the outcome. And you can make that choice right now. That choice can decide the fate of your business and your most important relationships.
It’s not up to others and it’s not up to chance — it’s up to you.