my attitude…..

attitudeOne of the determining attributes I look for while recruiting is attitude. Not to undermine ability and brilliance as crucial ingredients for success. Clearly brilliance alone does not matter but what you actually do with that brilliance, how you put it to use is the big differentiator. And application is always a function of attitude – affirmative attitude that seperates life’s winners from losers.
Isn’t it then hugely comforting that we have the ability to choose our attitude – almost on a daily basis. It is a mindset and research has indicated that our mind works like a switch. You can OFF it to literally become a bundle of gloom and negativity or ON it to spread cheer, happiness and positivity all around. Contagious as they say! Many people climb up the ladder of success because of their talents and skills but slide down because of their character. Positive attitude as a foundation to success and life of fulfilment!
Any situation we encounter has multiple dimensions – at least 2 at a minimum – and that forces us to make choices every moment of our life . YOU choose, I choose, we all do and the choice we make determines the outcome of the day, controls whether we feel good and upbeat or down and out! I woke up early today excited about all I get to do before the clock strikes midnight. Have responsibilities to fulfil and will do the most I can. My job is to choose the kind of day I am going to have.
Today I can feel sad that I don’t have more money or I can be glad that my finances encourage me to plan my purchases wisely and guide me away from waste.
Today I can grumble about my health or I can rejoice that I am alive and enjoy the wonderful world around me.
Today I can complain because the weather is rainy or I can be thankful that the grass is getting watered for free.
Today I can lament over all that my parents didn’t give me when I was growing up or I can feel grateful for the selfless love, affection and blessings they showered on me.
Today I can cry because roses have thorns or I can celebrate that thorns have roses.
Today I can mourn my lack of friends or I can excitedly embark upon a quest to discover new relationships.
Today I can whine because I have to go to work or I can shout with joy because I have a job to do.
Today I can complain because I have to go to school or eagerly open my mind and fill it with rich new tidbits of knowledge.
Today I can murmur dejectedly because I have to do housework or I can feel honoured because god has provided shelter for my mind, body and soul.
Today stretches ahead of me, waiting to be shaped. And here I am, the sculptor who gets to do the shaping. What a privilege! What today will be like is up to me. I get to choose what kind of day I will have!
That attitude is so infectious. Teams draw upon their attitude from their leader. When a leader is engulfed with a heart-warmed and upbeat attitude, everybody follows and adopts the same. So always look to spread a sense of hope and confidence, of stability and security and create a genuinely caring environment. You will then get the team to believe, behave and act accordingly.
As Zig Zaglar said – It’s not your APTITUDE but your ATTITUDE that determines your ALTITUDE in life.
What choice are you exercising today?
have a great day!
rs