What are the most important priorities in your life?

There are many important people and things in your life, but today let’s discuss the greatest builder and destroyer of success.

Everyone wants to be successful.  Yes, everyone.  In our society today, some leaders are replacing the success with the word significant.  Whether you want to be successful, significant, or both, it all starts with attitude.  This is why having the right attitude is the fight of your life.  Without the right attitude, we not only miss out on success but we also miss out of living a happy and fulfilled life.

So here are 3 ways to build the right attitude in order for you to achieve success and significance.

1.    Stop complaining.

There is nothing wrong with venting and getting something off your chest by talking to a friend every once and a while.  However, there is something terribly wrong when it gets to a point that venting has no beginning or end.  When this occurs, negativity will begin to control your life, work ethic, the culture of your business, and life’s outcomes.

Anytime a person spends more time complaining than working towards their goals, it is a problem.  The key is to stop complaining.  I know it is easier said than done.  But it starts with you focusing more on the good versus the bad.  It’s about focusing on the positive versus the negative.  This doesn’t mean negativity doesn’t exist, but negativity cannot control your thoughts and actions because it will kill your personal and professional development.  Complaining can easily become a cancer to everything else in your life.  To maximize your success and significance fight for you life by curbing your complaining.

2.    Keep your composure.

What is the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word composure?  I am picturing a person meditating discovering a peaceful state of mind.  Composure is having self-control.  How do you feel and act when things don’t go your way?  We cannot avoid the fact that we are emotional creatures.  However, seasoned leaders don’t find themselves wearing their emotions on their sleeves.  When your emotions control you, others looking on have apprehension about letting you lead them.

The best leaders don’t ride roller coasters when it comes to their emotions.  These leaders are able to consistently stay calm.  Composed leaders understand that staying calm allows clarity with making decisions, capacity for creative ideas, and completion of goals.

3.    Walk a mile in someone else’s shoes.

This is a saying most of us have heard.  The full idiom goes like this - Before you judge, walk a mile in someone else’s shoes.  It means before you judge anyone; you must understand his or her experiences, challenges, thought processes, etc.

It is so important to understand others if you want to be a dynamic leader.  Take a moment and answer this question - Why do many of the problems exist in our world today?  Most would agree that many of the problems in our world today exist because people are too quick to judge.  The biggest takeaway from this point is you will have the right attitude when you develop and deepen the relationships in your life by seeing life from someone else’s perspective.

Let me close like this, the fight of your life is choosing to have the right attitude.  Each of us has to fight this battle daily.  American author, salesman, and motivational speaker Zig Ziglar said, “It is your attitude, more than your aptitude, that will determine your altitude.”  You need the right attitude if you are planning on being successful.

I want to hear your heart.  Are you winning the battle of choosing the right attitude?  Please leave a comment below, send me a tweet on Twitter, or leave a comment on Facebook.


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