In my opinion the single biggest factor in success or failure in any endeavor is based on attitude. You cannot change anyone else’s attitude…BUT, you can change your own!
When selecting new players for your team, remem ber: Hire for attitude and train for skill.
“The thing that separates good players from great players is mental attitude. It might only make a difference of 2 or 3 points over an entire match, but it’s how you play those key points that often makes the difference between winning and losing. If the mind is strong, you can do anything you want.”
–Chris Evert, Champion Tennis Player
Nobody can determine or change your attitude; it needs to come from within you. Do not wait for someone to motivate you–control your own circumstances. Seek out positive successful people, and avoid negative people like the plague.
Be sure you are not taking legitimate concerns of an employee as a negative attitude. Rather than being suppressed, whistle-blowing should be investigated so that real problems and issues can be dealt with appropriately.
If you have selected people with the ability to learn, their speed of growth becomes 100% attitudinal. There is no truer saying than “Your attitude determines your destiny.”
If you are given someone with a positive attitude, then upskilling is easy. You can coach and develop skills, but attitude has to come from within. There is nothing that upsets me more than seeing people who are blessed with talent, yet their negative attitude holds them b ack from reaching their optimum potential.
Do you know someone like this?
On the other hand, it’s a joy to work with and help develop people who have a positive attitude and a never-say-die spirit!
While it’s difficult to change people’s attitude, we can still coach them to look at things differently.
- Have them see the small wins and concentrate on these instead of what went wrong
- Have them look for the good in people and in situations. As Amanda Gore says, “Be a ‘Good’ Finder”
- Have them focus on being grateful for the good things in their life
- Have them continually learn a new small thing every day
- Have them reframe how they talk to themselves; highlight the positive things rather than focusing on the negative
Although it’s difficult for anyone to stay upbeat all the time, eating healthily, exercising both your body and your mind, and being well prepared at all times will help you to stay positive.
–“Dr. Attitude” Keith Harrell
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