Thomas Jefferson once wisely noted, “Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.”
The other day I noticed my attitude was miserable.
Have you ever had a moment where you came to the epiphany that the problem in a certain situation was not the circumstance, but your own attitude? That was me! I didn’t even want to be with myself at that time. If I don’t want to be with me… why would anyone else choose my company? Even worse, why would the people I lead follow me?
We often hear people say the axiom, “Attitude is everything!” That’s nice. I think! I believe it is true… but what does it mean?
I know my desire is to have “the right mental attitude” as Jefferson described. Like you, I will do just about anything to achieve my goals. I needed to check my attitude in a hurry.
This morning, one of my colleagues shared 5 truths about attitudes gleaned from John Maxwell. Talk about a timely piece of wisdom! Here they are:
- Attitudes have the power to lift up or tear down a team
- An attitude compounds when exposed to others
- Bad attitudes compound faster than good ones
- Attitudes are subjective, so identifying a wrong one can be difficult
- Rotten attitudes, left alone, ruin everything
I’m deliberately fixing my attitude!
When we check our attitudes regularly, we are one monumental step closer to our goals and find ourselves One Grip Higher.