Do you know someone who has a bad attitude? How do you feel after spending time with a negative person? Well, if you are like me, you probably feel drained. I also noticed I become more critical and negative. Why does this happen? Attitudes are contagious.
As a child my mother would remind me over and over about the power of my attitude. I remember one specific incidence where I was disciplined not because of my actions but because of my attitude. My mother would not allow me to go to a concert with my friends so I spent the next two days pouting. I had a very bad attitude and I tried to make everyone’s life miserable. So, my mother made me spend the rest of the week in my room with my bad attitude. Needless to say I didn’t enjoy spending time with myself. As I sat in my room all alone, I finally understood the power of my attitude.
Why is attitude so important? To quote my mother “attitude is the difference maker.” John Maxwell said “our attitude is the primary force that will determine whether we succeed or fail.” Is attitude really that important? Yes!
Our attitude determines how we approach everything. It affects our health, relationships, performance, thinking and environment.
As a leader, our attitude serves as the guide post for others.
The culture of the organization is a direct reflection of the attitude of the employees.
So how can we improve or change our attitude? To improve our attitude, we must be willing to make a choice. Yes, our attitude is a choice. The impact of our attitude on our life is profound. Zig Ziegler stated “Your attitude, not your aptitude, will determine your altitude.” John Wooden said, “the choice you make, makes you.” Attitude is the difference maker.
What choice will you make about your attitude today and what difference will you make?
Tell me about it,
Dr. Kim Moore
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