Attitude, Attitude, Attitude + Smidget of Aptitude + Bit of Luck = Secret of Success…

What is the secret of success? Some say it’s timing– being right place, right thing, right skill-set… Others say its– perseverance, hard-work, sticking to something long enough and eventually it breaks through… Still others say it’s luck…

And more often that not, many argue that ‘talent’ is the most defining aspect of being successful… But, according to Lisa; it’s really no secret, it’s simply: Attitude! According to Lou Holtz; ability is what a person is capable of doing; motivation determines what they do; attitude determines how well they do it… According to William James; it’s attitude at beginning of any difficult task which, more than anything else, will affect a successful outcome…

According to Denis Waitley; if a person believe they can, then they probably can; if they believe they can’t, then they most assuredly can’t– belief is the ‘ignition switch’ that gets a person off the launching pad

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According to dictionary; ‘attitude’ is a manner of thinking, feeling, behaving that reflects a state of mind or disposition, e.g.; he has a positive attitude about work, or he kept a dignified attitude throughout the crisis… or, the way you think and feel about someone, something that affects a person’s behavior. Simply put; it’s the posture with which people  choose to look at life…

According to Charles Swindoll; life is 10% of what happens to you and 90% of how you react to it… In other words, looking through the lens of attitude is how people see the world, e.g.; attitude toward work (chore or joy), attitude towards problems (challenge or dead-end), attitude towards relationships (joy or pain), attitude towards leadership (pompous arrogance or humility)… According to Herm Albright; a positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort…

In the article Success Is All About Attitude… by Glenda Stone writes: Top five attributes that bosses prize most highly from employees are: 1.) Attitude. 2.) Attitude. 3.) Attitude. 4.) Attitude. 5.) Skills… Having the right attitude is vital and without it, skills are irrelevant… Skills are relatively easy to fill, e.g.; training, coaching… whereas, attitude is far more difficult to deal with– it’s a mind-set…

The power to cultivate a positive attitude rests within the person. No matter what might come your way, you have the opportunity to frame your reaction… Hence, no matter the challenge or crisis, big or small, stop before you react and take charge of your attitude– it can be as simple as flipping a switch; call it optimism, call it enthusiasm, call it ‘glass half-full’… whatever you call it, having a positive attitude is extremely infectious…

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In the article Attitude Determines Your Altitude by Dr. Alan Zimmerman writes: An old cliché says; your attitude determines your altitude: Well it’s not a cliché… Research unequivocally confirms that your ‘attitude’ is one of the most important, if not ‘the’ most important factor in success… Having a positive attitude is not some kind of hype from a rah-rah motivational speaker; it’s the only sane approach, if you wish to be successful… How you ‘think’ is everything, i.e.; the belief that you can accomplish your goals must be unwavering and the moment you say; I can’t, then you won’t…

According to an old Chinese proverb; journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step, but sometimes that pesky first step can be a killer, so you procrastinate… It’s an attitude, if you know that something must be done– just do it; whether or not you ‘feel’ like it, or not… According to William James; procrastination is attitude’s natural assassin, when you procrastinate, you reinforce a negative attitude toward yourself and everything else… Whereas if you just do it, you are building a powerful positive attitude both; for your organization and more important for yourself…

In the article Attitude is Everything by Keith Harrell writes: One of the most important steps you can take toward achieving your greatest potential is to learn to manage your attitude and its impact on your work performance and everyone around you… You have a choice; you choose an inner dialogue of self-encouragement and self-motivation, or you choose one of self-defeat, self-pity… The key is to realize that it’s not what happens to you that matters; it’s how you choose to respond… Most people have behavior patterns that were programmed into them at a very tender age…

That loud and influential voice you hear is your own inner voice, your self-critic… It can work for or against you, depending on the messages you allow. It can be optimistic or pessimistic. It can wear you down or cheer you up… Habitual bad attitudes, such as; low self-esteem, stress, fear, resentment, anger, inability to handle change… are often the product of past experiences, events… and, it takes serious work to examine the roots of a harmful attitude but ridding yourselves of this heavy baggage is life changing…

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In the article Do You Have the Attitude to be Successful? by Bernard Marr writes: When it comes to success, it’s much more about ‘attitude’ than any external factors. Many highly successful people are able to overcome incredible odds and become successful– and it’s almost always due to their attitude… a person has the power to change attitude– or at the very least take steps to change how they approach situations, and as a result the power to improve the chances for achieving success… A brief list of attitudes that are indicative of successful people include:

    • Have passion for work: People who are successful in their field tend to have an insatiable passion for it, because it’s nearly impossibly to be truly successful when you don’t have a passion for the process… According to Vera Wang; when you have a passion for something then you tend not only to be better at it, but you work harder at it too…
    • Exude self-confidence: Successful people often believe in themselves even when no one else does. It isn’t about self-delusion, it’s a deep, unshakable belief that they will succeed… According to Heather Bresch; as a leader, the attributes, such as; confidence, perseverance, work ethic, good sense… are all things I look for in people
    • Look on the positive side: Successful people tend to be positive people. They believe in their ability to succeed and see the positive even in the challenging situations… According to Oprah Winfrey; more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate
    • Encourage a passion for learning and improvement: Successful people never rest on the belief that they know everything. They put a premium on investing in themselves through education, training… According to Mahatma Gandhi; live as if you were to die tomorrow; learn as if you were to live forever
    • Persevere: Successful people tend to have a stubborn streak– in the best way possible. When they believe in a thing and have a passion for it, they will pursue it to the dogged end… According to Walt Disney; difference between winning and losing is most often not quitting
    • Build tolerance for change and risk: Every successful person– especially in business– must cultivate a high tolerance for risk and embrace change. Today’s world is changing at an almost alarming rate, but the people who will succeed and profit from that change will take the risk to engage it… According to Mark Zuckerberg; biggest risk is not taking any risk… In world that’s changing really quickly, the only strategy that is guaranteed to fail is not taking risks
    • Maintain a dissatisfaction with the status quo: Successful people are not easily satisfied. They are always striving for the next milestone, the next big thing. Even when they reach what might be someone else’s definition of success, they choose to keep going, to reach beyond that finish line to create an entirely new one… According to John D. Rockefeller; don’t be afraid to give-up the good, to go for the great

Attitudes can be likened to a ‘simple engine’ that can either; slow you down, or speed you forward… According to Dominique Brown; attitude determines– what and how much you can accomplish… and especially when the attitude is one of humility, which radiates a quiet confidence– it’s a self-confidence without arrogance…  Humility is modesty and restraint without the destructive effects of out-sized hubris– it’s courage… It’s the willingness to admit mistakes and seek out guidance. Humility is self-respect without excessive self-promotion. Humility is triumph of competence over bravado– it’s self-awareness…

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It’s an ability to say; I don’t know… It’s simply a willingness to put others first… According to C.S. Lewis; humility is not thinking less of yourself but rather thinking about yourself less… A humble leader is confident, not arrogant. A humble leader projects patience, not pomposity. A humble leader looks to– ‘shine spotlights’ on other people’s contributions without the obsessive need to draw attention to their own accomplishments…

A humble leader will treat others with respect, decency… A humble leader will lead by deeds and not by words alone… Attitude is the engine that works to build a foundation of success: However you define success…