Attitude is a better predictor of your success than IQ.* In fact, our mindset can be deeply impactful. Here are some ways:
Attitude 𝘪𝘯𝘧𝘭𝘶𝘦𝘯𝘤𝘦𝘴 𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘢𝘤𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯𝘴. Conviction in our beliefs leads to confidence. Why? Facing temporary setbacks is easier knowing will persevere (and likely grow from learning).
Our demeanor defines how we 𝘪𝘯𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘢𝘤𝘵 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘰𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳𝘴. Exuding positivity can be infectious. The opposite is true as well. One important note here – being genuine is key. A false demeanor will eventually unravel and be painful.
Attitude can be 𝘴𝘦𝘭𝘧-𝘧𝘶𝘭𝘧𝘪𝘭𝘭𝘪𝘯𝘨. A positive approach produces more favorable results by embracing new opportunities which can lead to reaching out goals. If we are self-aware and use that insight to focus on our strengths and to complement our weaknesses, we can thrive.
Our frame of mind is the launchpad of that inner journey. Attitude contributes to success. The next section talks about improving and keeping a positive attitude.
While circumstances may be fraught with uncertainty, you can strengthen your desired attitude through these steps:
𝘼𝙘𝙘𝙚𝙥𝙩 𝙍𝙚𝙨𝙥𝙤𝙣𝙨𝙞𝙗𝙞𝙡𝙞𝙩𝙮 – Appreciate feedback as learning and understand how others would have acted differently.
𝘼𝙡𝙞𝙜𝙣 𝘼𝙘𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣𝙨 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙒𝙤𝙧𝙙𝙨 – Ensure your behaviors reflect your desired attitude including allocating precious time.
𝙎𝙖𝙮 𝙞𝙩 𝙞𝙣 𝙒𝙤𝙧𝙙𝙨 – State your desired attitude. When others emulate that approach, acknowledge them. If you see others thwart your goals, share your concerns directly. They may not change, but you control your voice.
𝙀𝙢𝙥𝙖𝙩𝙝𝙮 – Expect that (most) others are trying their best in life and strive to understand their position and reasons.
𝙈𝙖𝙞𝙣𝙩𝙚𝙣𝙖𝙣𝙘𝙚 – Remember attitude occurs over a lifetime. Like exercise, you need heavy workouts and recovery periods. Over the long term, recognize your progress and gratitude, fight negativity bias**, and enlist the support of others.
Attitude divides those who are controlled and those who dictate their lives. Train your attitude to reach new altitudes.
* A summary of psychologist Carol S. Dweck’s work can be found here: https://bit.ly/39slDEv She is the one who talks about a fixed mindset versus a growth mindset. You can also find the Stanford Research Institute study on positive attitude here: https://bit.ly/3lkAnHM
Photo by Mauro Paillex who can be found here: https://bit.ly/2KNZ0QK