5 Ways Your Attitude Can Make or Break You in Business (and in Life!)
By Cyndi Miller
It has been said that the factor that will determine your success and forge your future—more than anything else— is your attitude. Did you get that? Not your intellect. Not your good fortune or careful planning. Not your expensive education or even your resources. But your attitude.
Do you know what is particularly awesome about this? It levels the playing field completely. Think about it. An attitude is not something you are handed. Instead, it’s something completely within your control. You choose your attitude!
There’s a little something I’ve noticed in my 25 years of running a marketing and advertising agency. Attitudes tend to run in groups. Do you know what I mean by that? Entire organizations have attitudes. Businesses, cities, churches, even families, have attitudes that define them.
So if you’re doing it right and with great purpose and forethought, your organization can be known for a winning, positive, hopeful, elevating and resilient attitude. If growth is part of your master plan for your organization, you must focus on your attitude and the attitudes of every member of your team.
Five things to know about attitudes
- We already talked about it, but it’s so important, it’s worth mentioning again. You choose your attitude. Have you heard of Viktor Frankl? A neurologist and psychiatrist, and most importantly, a Holocaust survivor. If anyone had good reason to hate, it was Frankl. He is credited with the following quote: “Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.” Talk about a winning attitude! This is a true testament to having what it takes!
- Happiness is a chosen attitude. If you’ve ever admired someone who just always seems happy and content, don’t make the assumption that their life must be easier than yours. Happiness is a choice, so choose it! President Abraham Lincoln once said, “Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be.” This, from a man who endured a difficult and challenging life. Poverty, heartbreak and many business and political failures. Yet he still became the President of the United States of America. His superpower? Attitude.
- Attitudes are not the result of circumstances. You really can overcome any situation with your attitude. Try it! Most cancer survivors know this very well. Think about it.
- Life rewards good attitudes. And it disciplines bad ones. Just like every good parent knows, if you discipline attitudes, you won’t have to discipline many behaviors. To a degree, this applies in the workplace as well. Don’t allow a toxic team member to poison the rest of the team with a bad attitude. Address it before it morphs into bad behaviors and disrupts the team and the culture you’ve worked hard to create. If your team members cannot or will not align with your company culture, they may need to move on to their next opportunity.
- Good attitudes predict success and promotion. And bad attitudes predict failure and demotion. I have seen this direct correlation many times over the years. Want to be successful and see your business thrive? Choose a good attitude and commit to walking it out personally, modeling it for your team and expecting a good attitude from your team members, too.
Need a little help getting started?
I have found the fastest ways to develop a winning attitude involve practicing gratitude and showing respect. Gratitude means we stop and appreciate what we have, what we’re learning, who is helping us along and even the obstacles that help us improve. Respect means we give credit where credit is due and we treat people (all people!) with dignity and respect. Even those difficult people. Yes, even them.
Is it easy? Not always. But is it worth it? Without a doubt, yes.
At Miller Public Relations, we do a lot of things. From full-service marketing and advertising campaign creation and management to culture training and consulting, our well is deep with talent and passion. We’d love to connect with you about helping your team develop a winning attitude that can take your business to the next level. Let’s talk.