Attitude is Altitude
There was a man named Boby, and he made his living selling balloon.He had ballons of many different colors,including blue,green,red and yellow.Whenever business was slow,he would release a helium filled balloon and his sales would go up. All day he continued to release a balloon whenever the sales went down/slowed down. One day Boby/the balloon man felt someone tugging/pulling his jacket,he turned around and a little girl asked, “If you release a black balloon,would that also fly?” Moved by the little girl’s concern,the man replied gently, “oh Dear, It is not the Color of the Balloon, it is whats Inside that makes it go up.”
The same Principle applies to our lives too: It’s what’s inside that counts. And what’s inside of us that makes us go up is our Attitude.William James of Harward University said: “THE GREATEST DISCOVERY OF MY GENERATION IS THAT HUMAN BEINGS CAN ALTER THEIR LIVES BY ALTERING THEIR ATTITIDES OF MIND.”
1-Your Attitide is Vital to your Persoanl Success
A study found that when a perosn gets a job or a promotion, 85% of the time it is because of his/her Attitide,and only 15% of the time because of intelligence and specific knowledge about facts,figures and skills.Attitide is important,it applies to every sphere of life,be it perosnal or professional life.Can an executive be a good executive without good attitude? can a student be a good one without a good attitude?can a teacher,employer,employees or salespersons be good in their roles without good attidtude? The Foundation of Success regardless of your chosen field,is Attitude.If Attitude is such a critical factor in success shouldn’t you examine your attitude towards life and ask how your attitude will affect your goals?
Acres of Diamonds :Coelho was a farmer in Africa who was happy and content. One day a wise man came to him and told him about the glory of Diamonds and the power that comes along with them. The wise man said, If you had a diamond the size of your thumb you could buy your own city,if you had a diamond the size of your fist you could probably own your own country. And the wise man left. That night Coelho couldn’t sleep. He was unhappy and discontented. The next morning Coelho made arrangements to sell his farm,took care of his family, and went off in search of diamonds. He looked all over Africa and couldn’t find any,looked all through Europe and couldn’t,by the time he got to Spain, he was emotionally,physically and financially depleted/broke. He was so disheartened that he committed suicide by throwing himself into the Barcelona River. Back home,the person who had bought his farm was watering the camels at the stream that ran through the property, across the stream the rays of the morning sun hit a stone and made it sparkle like a rainbow. He thought the stone would look good in his living room. So he picked the stone and put it on his mantle piece/cupboard. That afternoon, the wise man came and saw the stone sparkling, he asked “is Coelho back?” the new owner said “No, why did you ask?” The wise man said: because that is a diamond. I recognize one when i see one. The man/new owner said No that’s just a stone i picked up from the stream,come i’ll show you,there were many more…They went and picked some samples and sent them for analysis. Sure enough they were Diamonds. They found the farm was indeed covered with acers of diamonds.
Moral of the story:
- When our Attidude is right we realize that we are all walking on acres and acres of diamonds. Opportunity is always under our feet,we dont have to go anywhere. All we need to do is recognize it.
- lost opportunities are eaisily recognized when they are gone/leaving rather than when they are coming.
- Opportinity only knocks once. The next one may be better or worse,but never the same one. That is why it is so Crucial to make the right decision at the right time.
- Richard Branson says “If somebody offers you an amazing opportunity but you are not sure you can do it, say yes — then learn how to do it later!”
Our attitude determines how we look at a Setbacks,To a +ve thinker attitude can be a stepping stone to success whlist, To a -ve thinker it can be a stubling block.
2-Impostance Of Attitude In Organizations
Have you ever wondered why some individuals,organizations are more successful than other? There/It is no secret! They are successful because they think and act more effectively. They do so by investing in their most valuable asset People. Experiences has/have shown that Human Resource is the most valuable asset of any business. People are more valuable than the capital or equipment. Unfortunately…Human Resource is also the most wasted of resources. People can be your biggest Asset or biggest Liability.
Great organizations are not measured by wages and working conditions, they are measured by feelings,attitudes and relationships. Some of the greatest buildings have the strongest foundations, The Calagary Tower stands at 190.8 meters,,the total weight of the tower is about 10,884 tons, of which 6,349 tons are below ground (thats about 60% approximately). Just like a great building stands on a strong foundation,so does success. And the foundation of success is Attitude.
3-Factors that determine Attitude
Ask yourselfs these question…
- Were you born with attitudes or did you develop them as you matured?
- What are the factors that shape your attitude?
- Does negative approach/outlook on life is affected by your environment?
- Can you change your attitude?
Most of our attitudes were/are/being shaped during our/your Formative years.
There are three factors that largely determine our attitude formation, these are the three E’s of Attitude:
^Lets go through each of these factors individually^
Environment: Environment consists of the following:
- Home: Positive or Negative Influences
- School: Peer Pressure
- Work: Supportive or over-critical supervisor
- Media: Television,Newspapers,Magazines and Movies.
- Religious,Cultural background
- Traditions and beliefs
- Social and political environment
All these environments shape and create your attitude,no matter what place be it home,workplace,organization,all these hold a culture.For example, You’ve probably been to store where you find/found managers,sales clerks to be polite,helpful, and friendly, Yet at another shop you find the staff rude,discourteous and quite opposite. At some homes you/we find the parents and children well-behaved,courteous and considerate, on the other hand we see home where everyone is fighting like cats and dogs.
In countries where the government and political environment is honest generally the people in it are honest,helpful and law abiding the reverse/vice-versa is true too. In a corrupt environmnet the honest person will have a hard time,where as in an honest environment the corrupt person has a hard/tough time.
We need to step back and look at what kind of environment we have created for ourselves and those around us. Even though “It is tough to expect positive behaviour in/from a negative environment”. Take some time to Evaluate how the Environment that you are in affects you, and evaluate those environments you create affects others!
Experiences: Our behaviour changes according to our Experiences with various people. If we have a positive experience with a person, our attitude towards him/her is more likely to be positive and conversely negative experiences tend to make us cautious. Experiences and events and encounter with people and meetings draw us with conclusions which serve as the basic guidelines for the further moves.
Education: By education I mean Both formal and informal education. We are Drowining in Information but starving for knowledge and Wisdom. If applied stragically, Knowledge will translate/transfer into wisdom which inturn translates/transforms into Success. The role of Education/Educators is vital,The Ripple Effect is Immeasurable…Education ought to teach not only how to make a living but how to live.
4-How to Recognize People with a Positive Attitude?
Just as the absence of ill health does not equal good health, in the same way the absence of negativity does not make a person positive.
People with positive attitudes have certain Personality Traits that are easy to recognize. such as… they are caring,confident,humle and patient. They have high expectations of themselves and others,they Expect/Anticipate positive outcomes.
5-The Benifits of having Positive Attitude
There are many advantages of having a positive Attitude, The advantages are easy to see. But what is easy to see is also easy to miss!
A Positive Attitude’s Benefits for you/oneself:
- You can be/have a better and pleasing personality
- It makes you feel confident and energizing
- Increases your Enjoyment in/of life
- You can inspire your peer around you
- Helps people become contributing member of the socitey
For the benifits for your workplace and organizations you work in:
- Increases your Productivity
- Fosters TeamWork
- Solves problems easily and without hassel
- Improves your Work Quality
- Helps you create a better atmosphere around you
- Reduces Stress
- Fosters better Relationships with Emloyers,colleagues,customer and clients
- Increase Profits
6-The Consequences of Having a Negative Attidude
Life being an Obstacle course and we became/become our biggest obstacle by having a negative attitude. People with negative attitudes have a hard/tough time keeping up with friendships,marriages,jobs and relationships. Negative Attitudes lead to:
- A PurposeLess life
- Ill health
- High stress levels for onselves and others
- Dissatisfaction with work and life
Negative attitudes creates and unpleasant environment at home, at work and becomes a Liability to society. They pass on their negative behavior to their peers and other and to their future generations!
7-When we become Aware of our Negative Attitudes, Why don’t we change?
Human nature generally resists change. Change is uncomfortable,regardless of its positive or negative effects,change can be stressful. Sometimes we get so comfortable with our Negativity that even when the change is for the good/better,we don’t want to accept it.
I think Charles Dickens,who wrote about a prisoner who was locked up for several years in a dungeon. After serving his sentence he got his freedom, he was brought out of off his cell into the bright Open World. The prisoner looked all around and after a few moments he became so Uncomfortable with his newly presented Freedom, he asked/pleaded to be taken back into the confines/enclouser of his cell. To him the Dungeon, the chains and the darkness were more comfortable and familiar, felt secure and comfortable than accepting the change of freedom and the open world.
Many modern prisoners do the same thing too. The stresses of having to cope in an unfamiliar world are so great that they purposefully commit another crime in order to be sent back to prision! where thier freedom is limited/restricted and have fewer decisions to make.
If your Attitude is negative, your life is restricted. your success at/with work will be limited. You will have Fewer Friends,bad relationships and have a tough time with our life,your enjoyment of life will be less.
- Change your Attitude
- Change your Thinking
- Change your life
- Take action, and take action NOW!
Thanks a lot for reading till the end,thankyou for sparing with me till the end, wish you a good life,good day and keep Embracing Life…