Attitude and Perception of Life

by Ed Gideon

We MUST ask these questions:

What does my attitude affect? What does it shape? Whom can it influence?

What can it mean in my business? Why should I even worry about it? The longer we live and the older we get, the more evidence we have about how our attitude affects every aspect of our lives. If we look closely, we’ll find that attitude becomes the linchpin for our opportunities, our circumstances, our successes, and our failures.

Here’s a quick test:

With whom would you rather spend time?

–The cynical, pessimistic, negative, sullen, the sky-is-falling type?

–Or, would you rather be around someone who is optimistic, always looking for an opportunity, confident, solution oriented, enthusiastic?

Ok, it was a trick question, but you get the point.

It is easy to be negative isn’t it? It requires exactly ZERO effort. On the other hand, it takes significant work to be enthusiastic and optimistic. And here is a huge point… attitude is NOT just a reflection of our environment. It is a CHOICE we make. That’s IT!

We can BE and DO and HAVE the things we want. Our attitude pulls us through, not someone else’s approval. We are in control of our forward movement. And sometimes that’s a difficult road!!

So, when it is tough what do we do? Well, one thing that I’m consistently asked is just that: how do I stay positive in this economic environment? Answer: your Goals have to be strong enough to pull you into the future. It’s that simple. It works.

How many times did Edison fail at perfecting his inventions?

How many times was Lincoln beaten in political elections?

What happened to Michael Jordan in High School basketball?

Your attitude is either the lock on or the key to your door of success. It’s not what you are that holds you back, it’s what you think you are not. The most important three words you can say to yourself are: “Yes, I can!” If you believe you can… you probably can. If you believe you won’t… you most assuredly will not. Belief is the ignition switch that gets you off the launching pad.

We don’t have to be touchy-feely, or even compassionate, but our attitude must be positive and focused on where we are going. We are then focused on the next possible thing vs. always looking at what doesn’t work. We are forced to seek solutions.

It helps us take problems off the table vs. dwelling on failure and what is not working.

It truly is about being a winner.      

What can we do right now to help ourselves, our Team, our clients, our suppliers? Here are some thoughts.

1—turn off the TV . I’m not advocating sticking your head in the sand. But there are no solutions here and not much education. Everyone who has followed this suggestion has come to me a month later to tell me how much better they feel.

2—don’t allow negative people to exist in your space

3—read and educate yourself. If you can only read 10 pages a day you can read several good books in a year’s time.

4—be crystal clear about where you are going.

Good Luck and Best Wishes. 

Ed Gideon is a C-Suite Consulting, Coach of Businesses & Executives, Author, Speaker for 
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