Attitude and Motivation

When was the last time you took a stroll through the self-help section of your local bookstore? If it has been in the last 20 years, you have certainly noticed that there are thousands and thousands of self-help books available. Heck, I've even written one myself!

With access to all of these resources, why is that only 5% of today's population consider themselves to be successful? We could get into the definition and meaning of success, but that's an entire article in itself. Here, we're going to examine how attitude and motivation affect our roles as leaders in our companies and our own lives.

The biggest difference between successful people and unsuccessful people is: successful people are willing to do the things that unsuccessful people are not willing to do. That's it! You might think "It can't be that easy!" I'm here to tell you, it is that simple, but perhaps it's not that easy. Think about it. If it were extremely easy, then everyone would be successful. If we want to create success in our lives, then we must look at these two factors: attitude and motivation.

Unsuccessful people spend the majority of their time and energy speaking negatively and complaining about circumstances in their lives. In contrast, successful people come from a position that's far more optimistic, looking for what's right in life instead of what's wrong.

Another difference between successful people and unsuccessful people is their attitude toward life. Successful people can take a negative or seemingly unfair situation and somehow turn it into a positive reality, while others complain and manufacture excuses that kill any chance they have to succeed.

Many individuals believe that people are simply born a certain way, with a predisposition toward negative or positive thinking. I totally disagree with this belief system. We all have different backgrounds, influences, and education levels, but now we're adults with the freedom and ability to choose our realities. Many people (if not most) have bad attitudes and lack motivation. The truth is, it is their attitudes that keep them from being motivated. Because they're not motivated, they don't have a sense of purpose or accomplishment in life, so they develop a bad attitude and the unproductive cycle continues.

Motivation is the vehicle that leads us down the road to success. We will certainly hit a lot of potholes and bumps along the way, but that's why a change in attitude is paramount. As you adopt an increasingly positive attitude, you gain the ability to learn from your mistakes, jump back up when life knocks you down, and move forward with a productive mindset.

The secret to changing your life begins with you. It begins with the choice to monitor your attitude and a commitment to maintaining your motivation on a daily basis. All the self-help gurus in the world can lead you down a path, but cannot help you change if you're not devoted to improving your life. It's been said that "Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try." Personally, I prefer Yoda's perspective: "Do or do not, there is no try." Either way, the point is, you must begin. You must decide to view life a little differently if you desire a different outcome than you are currently experiencing.

You're a leader of your company, your team, your family, and many other areas in your life. What you think about matters, my friend. If you're willing to be diligent, search deep within and find your intrinsic motivation, you'll be well on your way to a more positive and productive life. Business is simply a part of your life. While it may be a big part, it's still just a segment of the whole. The more you're willing to adopt a positive attitude and find your true motivation, the better results you'll enjoy, and the more impact you'll have in all areas of your business and life.

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