Attitude: The Catalyst of Success and Failure
Hi there! Hope this finds you well and thank you for checking out this hopefully useful collection of thoughts on the key concept of attitude. In life coaching, key concepts are the basic building blocks for personal growth and overall success. Some people use only a few key concepts; some people learn and practice many more. So, let’s focus in on the importance our attitude plays in personal growth and overall success.
How does our attitude affect the day-to-day decisions we make in our lives? After all, it’s our decisions, that to a high degree, determine how our life turns out. For example, if our attitude in a moment in time where we need to make a significant decision is negative, what can happen? Well, we will most likely procrastinate or sabotage the situation and let that opportunity which we may never get back slip away. Thus, mastering our ability to control our attitude can really help us capitalize on those opportunities and increase our chances of leading a more harmonious, successful and happy life. The great thing is, that we have the ability to do this because it’s a learn-able skill. Viktor Frankl, the author of Man’s Search for Meaning said, “Everything can be taken from a man or a woman but one thing: the last of human freedoms to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.” As you may or may not know, Viktor Frankl was held captive in and survived a Nazi concentration camp in 1944-1945. If you want to look further into his viewpoint on the importance of attitude towards circumstances in life, I suggest reading the book.
Another example that comes to mind of how attitude can positively affect our success in a situation and even those around us, is that of NBA all time great Michael Jordan. He was quoted as saying, “my attitude is that if you push me towards something that you think is a weakness, then I will turn that perceived weakness into a strength”. I think he’s a man of his word. Although he wasn’t pushed into having the flu, on June 11,1997, Game 5 of the NBA Finals, Michael Jordan put on a display in that game that could have only been catalyzed by a positive attitude. He wound up having the flu that day, but having the attitude of a winner, he did not let it stop him. It would be one of those games that went down in sports history and has been dubbed the Flu Game. He played in that game and contributed 38 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 steals, and a block while struggling to the bench and downing fluids to revive his weakened body at each timeout. The Bulls went on to win that game and take a 3-2 series lead, where one would think the Jazz might have had the advantage with Jordan not being 100%.
I guess if we’re challenged with something that we feel we can’t handle, having a bad attitude about it will very likely lead us to avoid it. Conversely, if our attitude is that this challenge will not stop me- that attitude can be the catalyst for taking action, growing and conquering that challenge and make all the difference in creating success in our lives.
Finally, my hope is that what I’ve shared here will help convey the importance of our attitudes and how attitude directly affects our success in life. We should remember that life “happens” – it is our choice of attitude towards the happenings that will determine our decisions, and ultimately our destiny!