Hey Gemmers, it's Monday again so it's time for your weekly dose of #SelfCare vitamins with your friendly Dr O. Today's prescription is on positive attitudes, i.e. how to develop or create positive attitudes. Let's goo!
YOUR ATTITUDE DETERMINES YOUR ALTITUDE. This was something I used to hear from teachers back in primary and secondary school when they were trying to pass on a ‘boring’ message we couldn’t care less about or to make us participate in one or two endeavours but their message largely fell on deaf ears. After 2.75 years of adulting (phew what an extreme sport) my ears have been delivered and cured from such deafness. Your attitude will largely determine how you go about your life, what you do and don’t do, what you can tolerate and what you can’t, etc.
Attitude vs. Mindset
Before going any further I’ll like to address the big elephant in the room, which is – is there a difference between attitude and mindset? Yes, there is. Mindset is the mental state concerning different issues and your attitude is as a result of your mindset and thus is how you behave concerning certain issues and in certain situations. For example, if you want to be an entrepreneur you’ll need both a CAN DO mindset and a CAN DO attitude, that is believing you can do it and behaving in a suitable manner. If you can provide more insight or think I’m wrong please comment below so we can all learn! Now that we’ve successfully addressed the elephant let’s move forward.
Different kinds of things, situations, tasks etc can affect your attitude. For example, if you go to a party you’re not necessarily interested in you’ll have a stand-offish attitude, that’s how Alessia Cara was feeling on her song Here. Your attitude can change in the same situation if a few variables change for example, you see your MCM or WCW at the party or some people you don’t like leave. Some jobs also require you to have different kinds of attitudes; for example, the military requires you to have an obedient attitude – non-compliance can lead to being court-martialled and God knows what subsequently. Being a rapper like the fine gentlemen in the picture above requires you to have braggadocious attitude, some swag etc, being in customer services requires a friendly and patient attitude, being a doctor requires a careful attitude and being a blogger requires you to have an enthusiastic and optimistic attitude.
How to Develop a Positive Attitude
To increase your growth potential, you’ll need to be equipped with the right attitude, that is a positive attitude. Attitude affects your productivity or output. A shaky attitude just like a printer without adequate ink will give you an unclear result. A positive attitude makes you happier, resilient, improves your relationships, increases your success potential, helps you be more creative, helps you make better decisions and surprisingly or unsurprisingly, increases your lifespan.
Attitudes can also affect a team. Teamwork cannot be avoided forever and according to John C. Maxwell in his book, The 17 Indisputable Laws of Teamwork said “good attitudes among players do not guarantee a team’s success, but bad attitudes guarantee its failure”. He also outlines 5 truths about attitudes and how they affect team and teamwork.
1. Attitudes Have the Power to Lift Up or Tear Down a Team: Denis Waitley said “the winner’s edge is not in a gifted birth, in a high IQ or in talent. The winner’s edge is in the attitude, not aptitude.” John gives us on some “quick maths” on how attitudes affect teams:
Great Talent + Rotten Attitudes = Bad Team
Great Talent + Bad Attitudes = Average Team
Great Talent + Average Attitudes = Good Team
Great Talent + Good Attitudes = Great Team
2. An Attitude Compounds When Exposed to Others: Attitudes just like a disease is contagious.
3. Bad Attitudes Compound Faster Than Good Ones: Bad attitudes are like a zombie virus outbreak, they’re more contagious than good attitudes.
4. Attitudes are Subjective, So Identifying a Wrong One Can Be Difficult: Someone with a bad attitude may not be doing any illegal or unethical but can ruin the team regardless. Some of these attitudes are: an inability to admit wrongdoing, failing to forgive, petty jealously, the disease of me, a critical spirit, a desire to hog all the credit, etc.
5. Rotten Attitudes, Left Alone, Ruin Everything: Bad attitudes must be addressed, if left to fester, they’ll ruin a team. If you leave a bad apple in a barrel with good apples, they’re bound to get rotten. Thomas Jefferson said, “nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong attitude.”
QOTD: “A person’s attitude…always impacts his performance, regardless of talent, track record or circumstances.” John C. Maxwell
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