Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Attitude is everything

You have heard this: Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference. But it is easier said than done! We gain knowledge, acquire skills and learn beahviour, but when it comes to attitude, we have no clue as how to develop a great attitude towards life, people and profession.
In professional development, our competencies are determined by knowledge, skills and behaviour to a great extent. If this competence must be turned to performance, attitude is the key. Competence + Attitude equals performance.
Why is attitude considered very important? The HR executives say that they hire for attitude and then train for skills. Because 100% Attitude and 5 Techniques will beat 100 Techniques and 5% Attitude EVERY TIME. Skills can be imparted. But attitudes have to be self-nurtured.
In an employability survey, recruiters were asked: What counts more than an employee's aptitude, hard skills, and technical competencies or an employee's attitude, soft skills including self-motivation, commitment, and communication? 60 percent of the organizations responding to this survey, ranked attitude as their #1 concern. Attitude is everything!
How do we define attitude? Attitude is the way you choose to view your world. It’s a matter of outlook and is definitely a matter of choice. You alone are responsible for cultivating the attitude that gets the results you want and deserve. It also means that no one can rob you of your attitude unless you let them.
Here are three popular attitude strategies - ACE - they are tools to help you maintain a winning attitude and they will improve your level of energy and enthusiasm immediately.
A - Acceptance: I see people who get depressed over things they have no control over—weather, traffic, outcome of a cricket match and so on. If you have no control and no influence over a situation, the only healthy way to deal with it is to accept it and move on. Remember the 'Serenity prayer'? Here it is ...

C - Control: There’s only one thing you truly control: your choices. Most situations are beyond your control, but what you do in those situations is up to you. In his book, The 8th Habit, Stephen Covey says the most important thing he’s learned is that you have the power to choose. When you control that, everything about life improves immediately. I am convinced that life is 10 percent what happens to me and 90 percent how I react to it. And so it is, with you also! Therefore, mind your choices.

E - Environmental influence: Are you the one who influences others or the one who gets influenced by others? How are the people around you? Are they a bunch of negative thinkers? Are they pessimists who fail to see the silver lining in every cloud? Are they the ones to spot a problem in every opportunity rather than finding an opportunity in every problem? I think you got to watch out. Be in the right company which will make the world a better place. It is said that bad company corrupts character and a corrupt character will ruin your attitude.

 Mr. Page Pitt is a well renowned Professor of Journalism. He should have failed in life, but instead he succeeded. Listen to his story. After losing 97% of his eyesight at age 5, he refused to attend a school for the blind. He was accepted into public school where he played baseball and football. Remarkably, he went on to complete college and become a top-notch journalism professor with a reputation for demanding excellence. A student once asked Pitt which he thought would be worse; blindness, deafness, or not having arms and legs. He replied, ‘None of those things! Lethargy, irresponsibility, lack of ambition or desire: they’re the real handicaps. If I don’t teach you anything but to want to do something with your lives, this course will be a magnificent success.’ Often he told his journalism students, ‘You are not here to learn mediocrity, you’re here to learn to excel’.

Your biggest enemy is not the challenges you face; Your biggest enemies are complacency, negativity, self-imposed limitations and self-pity. We’ve got all kinds of excuses for not doing more with our lives.
Attitude, after all, is everything. Let me quote Jesus from the Bible: "Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own." After all today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday. So don’t worry, be happy. Life is too wonderful to be spent worrying. See the world through the glass of positive attitude. You will find a reason to live and help others live.