SA Leadership Podcast Episode #129

How Great Leaders Think

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It is hard to overstate the value of changing your thinking. Good thinking can do many things for you: generate income, solve problems, and create opportunities. It can take your life to a whole new level of living. Consider some things about changing your thinking:

Changed Thinking Is Not Automatic – A change in your thinking habits does not happen on its own. Good ideas rarely go out and find someone. If you want to be a better thinker you have to work at it. The amount of good thinking you can do at any time depends on the amount of good thinking you are already doing.

Changed Thinking Is Difficult – When you hear somebody say, “This is just off the top of my head,” expect dandruff. The only people who think that thinking is easy are the ones that never engage it.

Changed Thinking Is Worth The Investment – Author Napoleon Hill observed that more gold has been mined from the thoughts of man than has ever been taken from the earth.”

I want to give you six thoughts on becoming a better thinker at the outset of this podcast series.

Expose Yourself To Good Input

Good thinkers are always looking for things to get the thinking process started, because what you put in always impacts what comes out. Read good authors, articles, spend time with great thinkers. Write down your thoughts and keep them in a place where you can be reminded of them.

Expose Yourself To Good Thinkers

Spend time with the right people. Who provokes you to a higher level of thinking and action – hang out with those people. The writer of the biblical book, Proverbs observed that sharp people sharpen one another, just as iron sharpens iron. If you desire to be a sharp thinker, be around sharp people.

Choose To Think Good Thoughts

Be intentional in your thinking process. Regularly put yourself in the right place to think, stretch, and land your thoughts. Remember that thinking is a discipline. Dan Cathy of Chik-fil-A had a thinking schedule. He would set aside ½ day every other week, one full day every month, and 1-3 full days consecutively every year.

Act On Your Good Thoughts

Ideas have a short shelf life. You must act on them before the expiration date. WWI flying ace Eddie Rickenbacker stated, “I can give you a six-word formula for success: Think things through, then follow through.”

Allow Your Emotions To Create Another Good Thought

In the book Failing Forward, John Maxwell writes that you can act your way into feeling long before you feel your way into action. Once you engage a process of good thinking, you can use your emotions to feed the process and create mental momentum.

Repeat The Process

One good thought does not make a good life. One who have one good thought and attempt to ride it throughout their career often end up lonely and destitute. These people are the one-hit wonders, the one-book authors, and the one message speakers. Success comes to those who have a mountain of gold to mine – always coming up with fresh content. If your goal is to be a person who can mine a lot of gold, you need to be a person that repeats the process of good thinking.

Here is a formula for successful thinking:

The right THOUGHT plus the right PEOPLE in the right ENVIRONMENT at the right TIME for the right REASON = the right RESULT!

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SA Leadership Podcast Episode #128

Vision

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You Can Seize Only What You Can See

A great leader’s courage to fulfill his vision comes from passion, not position – John Maxwell

The future belongs to those who see possibilities before they become obvious – John Sculley

Vision is everything for a leader. It is utterly indispensible. WHY? Because vision leads the leader! It paints the target. It sparks and fuels the fire within and draws you forward into a preferred future. Show me a leader without a vision, and I’ll show you someone who isn’t going anywhere. At best he is traveling in circles.

To get a handle on vision and how it comes to be a part of a good leader’s life, take to understand the following thoughts:

Vision Starts Within

Understand that you cannot buy, beg, or borrow vision! It has to come from the inside. If you lack vision, look inside of yourself. Look to your calling! If you still are struggling for vision, find another leader whose vision resonates with you. Become his partner.

Vision Draws On Your History

Vision is not some magical mystical quality that comes out of a vacuum. It grows from the leaders past and the history of the people around him. Talk to any leader and you are likely to discover key events in their past that were instrumental in the creation of their vision.

Vision Meets Other’s Needs

True vision is far reaching. It goes beyond what one individual can accomplish. If it has real value, it does more than just include other, it adds value to others. If you have a vision that doesn’t serve others, it is probably too small.

Vision Helps You Gather Resources

One of the most valuable benefits of vision is that it acts like a magnet – attracting, challenging, and uniting people. It also rallies finances and other resources. The greater the vision, the more winners it has the potential of attracting. The more challenging the vision, the harder the participants fight to achieve it. Edwin Land, founder of Polaroid stated, “The first thing you do is teach the person to feel the vision is very important and nearly impossible. That draws out the drive in winners!”

Where does vision come from? TO find the vision that is indispensible to leadership, you have to be a good listener.

The Inner Voice – listen to your own life mission statement and calling. What do you dream about?

The Unhappy Voice – Pay attention to what does not work. Discontent with the status quo is a great catalyst for vision.

The Successful Voice – Nobody can accomplish greatness alone. To fulfill a big vision, you need a great team.

The Higher Voice – a truly valuable vision must have God in it. He is the only one that knows your full capabilities. Look beyond yourself and your life-time to understand your fullest potential.

To improve on your vision that you feel compelled to pursue considering these closing thoughts:

Measure Yourself – If you feel that a grand vision is moving you forward, measure how well you are doing and carrying it out.

Write It Down – if you have thought about your vision but have never put it into writing, take time to do that today. Writing clarifies your thinking. Once you have it on paper ask yourself if this vision is worthy of your life’s best.

Do A Gut Check – If you have not done much thinking about your vision consider the following questions over the next few weeks:

What makes me cry?

What makes me dream?

What gives me energy?

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SA Leadership Podcast Episode #127

Teachability

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Value your listening and reading time at roughly ten times your talking time. This will ensure that you are on a course for continuous learning and self-improvement – Gerald McGinnis Respironics Inc.

It is what you learn after you know it all that counts – John Wooden

Leaders face the danger of contentment with status quo. After all, if a leader already possesses influence and has achieved a level of respect, why should they keep growing? The answer is simple:

Your growth determines who you are

Who you are determines who you attract

Who you attract determines the success of the organization

If you want to grow the organization, you have to remain teachable

Here are five guidelines to help you cultivate and maintain a teachable attitude.

Cure Your Destination Disease

Ironically, lack of teachability is often rooted in achievement. Some people mistakenly believe that if they accomplish a goal they do not need to grow any longer. It can happen with almost anything; achieve a degree, reach a desired position, achieve a particular award, or achieve a financial success. However, effective leaders cannot afford to think that way. The day you stop growing is the day that you forfeit your potential and the potential of the organization you represent. In the famous words of Ray Kroc of McDonalds fame, As long as you are green, you are growing. As soon as you are ripe, you start to rot!

Overcome Your Success

Another irony of teachability is that success often hinders it. Effective leaders know that what got them there will not keep them there. If you have been successful in the past, beware! Remember, if what you did yesterday still looks big to you, you have not done much today.

Swear Off Shortcuts

It has been said that the longest distance between two points is a shortcut! For everything of value in life you will pay a price. As you desire to grow in a particular area, figure out what it really will take, and then determine to pay it!

Trade In your Pride

Teachability requires us to admit we don’t know everything and that can make us look bad. In addition, if we keep learning, then we must also keep making mistakes. It has been said that the greatest mistake one can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one. You cannot be prideful and teachable at the same time. In order to gain growth, you must give up pride.

Never Pay Twice For The Same Mistake

Teddy Roosevelt stated, “He who makes no mistakes, makes no progress.” That is true! At the same time it can be said that a leader that keeps making the same mistakes does not make progress also.

There was a sign in a feed store that read, “If you don’t like the crop you are reaping, check the seed that you are sowing.” Do your life and leadership seem to be getting better day after day, year after year? When was the last time that you did something for the first time. To improve your teachability here are three suggestions.

Observe how you react to mistakes – apologize when appropriate, admit errors when necessary.

Try something new – Go out of your way today to be stretched mentally, emotionally or physically.

Learn in your area of strength – If you cannot write out your growth goals, you are probably day-dreaming.

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SA Leadership Podcast Episode #126

Servanthood

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To Get Ahead, Put Others First

The true leader serves. Serves people. Serves their best interests, and in so doing will not always be popular, may not always impress. But because true leaders are motivated by loving concern rather than a desire for personal glory, they are willing to pay the price – Eugene Habecker

When you think of servanthood, do you envision it as an activity performed by relatively low-skilled people at the bottom of the positional totem pole? If you do you have a wrong impression. Servanthood is not about position or skill! It is about attitude!

You can sense when a worker doesn’t want to help people, you can just as easily detect whether a leader has a servant’s heart. The truth of the matter is that the best leaders want to serve others and not themselves. What does it mean to embody servanthood? Here are five thoughts.

Puts Others Ahead of His Own Agenda

The first mark of servanthood is the ability to put others ahead of yourself and your personal desires. It is more than being willing to put your agenda on hold. It means intentionally being aware of your people’s needs, available to help them, and able to accept their desires as important.

Possesses the Confidence to Serve

The real heart of servanthood is security. Show me someone who thinks he is too important to serve, and I’ll show you someone who is insecure. How we treat others is really a reflection of how we think about ourselves. Poet Eric Hoffer states, The remarkable thing is that we really love our neighbor as ourselves; we do unto others as we do unto ourselves. We hate others when we hate ourselves. We tolerate others when we tolerate ourselves. We forgive others when we forgive ourselves. It is not love of self but hatred of self which is at the root of the troubles that afflict our world. The Law of Empowerment says that only secure leaders give power to others. Only secure leaders exhibit servanthood!

Initiates Service to Others

Just about anyone will serve if compelled to do so. Some will even serve in a crisis. You can really see the heart of someone who initiates service to others. Great leaders see the need, seize the opportunity, and serve without expecting anything in return.

Is Not Position Conscious

Servant leaders don’t focus on rank or position. Then Colonel Norman Schwarzkopf stepped into a mine field to rescue his men without thinking about rank or himself. He was exhibiting one person attempting to help another. What we must realize that being a leader actually gives us a greater sense of obligation to serve.

Serves Out of Love

Servanthood is not motivated by manipulation or self-promotion. It is fueled by love. In the end, the extent of your influence depends on the depth of your concern of others. That is why it is so important for leaders to be willing to serve.

Where is your heart when it comes to serving others? Do you desire to become a leader for the perks and benefits? Are you motivated by a desire to help others? If your attitude is to be served, you may be headed for trouble! I want to offer some advise from a 44 year veteran of non-profit leadership.

STOP lording over people and start LISTENING to people.

STOP role-playing for advancement and start RISKING for other’s benefit.

STOP seeking your own way and start SERVING others.

How can you improve your servanthood? Here are three things that will assist you in improving your serve.

PERFORM SMALL ACTS – when was the last time that you performed small acts of kindness for others? Start with those closest to you, family, children neighbors.

LEARN TO WALK SLOWLY THROUGH THE CROWD – when you are at a function with a number of colleagues, clients, or employees, take the time to really connect with people through conversation. Focus only upon the person in front of you. Learn their name if you are unsure. What are their wants, dreams and passions? Intentionally do something for each of them they would not suspect.

MOVE INTO ACTION – If an attitude to serve is missing – start serving.

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SA Leadership Podcast Episode #125

Qualities of A Leader

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Self-Discipline: The First Person You Lead Is You

The first and best victory is to conquer self – Plato

A man without decision of character can never be said to belong to himselfHe belongs to whatever can make captive of him – Author John Foster

Former NFL Player, Jerry Rice exemplifies self-discipline better than any other. Come back from “career-ending” surgeries has been an amazing case study of tenacity and hard work.

No Matter how gifted a leader may be, their gifts will never reach their maximum potential without the application of self-discipline. It positions a leader to go to the highest level and is a key to leadership that lasts.

If you want to become a leader for whom self-discipline is an asset, here are five action points to follow.

Develop and Follow Your Priorities

Anyone who does what he must only when he is in the mood or when it is convenient is not going to be successful. Nor will people respect and follow him. It has been stated that to do important tasks, two things are need, a plan and not quite enough time. If you can determine what is really a priority and release yourself from everything else, it is a lot easier to follow through on what is important.

Make A Disciplined Lifestyle Your Goal

Self-discipline cannot be a one time event! It must be a lifestyle. Developing a routine and daily systems is the best way to accomplish this.

Challenge your Excuses

To develop a lifestyle of discipline, one of the first tasks must be to challenge and eliminate any tendency to make excuses. It has ben said that all of our faults are more pardonable than the methods we think up to hide them. If you have several reasons why you can’t be self-disciplined , realize they are really just a bunch of excuses – all of which need to be challenged if you want to be a leader that goes to the next level.

Remove Rewards Until The Job Is Done

Author Mike Delaney wrote, “Any business or industry that pays equal rewards for its goof-offs and its eager-beavers sooner or later will find itself with more goof-offs than eager-beavers.

Stay Focused On Results

Anytime that you concentrate on the difficulty of the work instead of its results and rewards, you are likely to become discouraged. Dwell on it too long and you are likely to develop self-pity instead of self-discipline. Author Jackson Brown Jr. wrote, “Talent without discipline is like an octopus on roller skates. There is plenty of movement, but you never know if it is going to be forward, backward, sideways.

Take a long look at last weeks schedule. How much time did you devote to regular disciplined activities? Did you do anything to grow and improve yourself professionally? Did you engage in activity that promote good health? Did you save any income?

To improve your self-discipline, here are three things to do.

Sort out your priorities – Think about two or three areas of your life that are important to you. Write them down, along with the disciplines necessary to keep them growing and flourishing. Develop a plan to make the disciplines a daily or weekly part of your life.

List the reasons – Take the time to write out the benefits of practicing the disciplines you’ve listed. Then post the benefit someplace where you can see them daily. On the days that you don’t want to follow through – read the list of benefits!

Get rid of excuses – Write down every reason that might hinder your follow through. Read them out loud and then dismiss them as the excuses they are. Even if it seems legitimate, find a solution to overcome it. Do not leave any reasons for yourself to quite!

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SA Leadership Podcast Episode #124

Qualities of A Leader

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SECURITY: Competence Never Compensates for Insecurity

You Can’t lead people if you need people John Maxwell

No man will make a great leader who wants to do it all himself or get all of the credit for doing it – Andrew Carnegie

Margaret Thatcher elected to three terms as Prime Minister of Britain, the only person to accomplish this in the modern era, had a steal-resolve and would not compromise principles of sound leadership. She stated once, “To me consensus seems to be a process of abandoning all beliefs, values, and policies in search of something in which no one believesWhat great cause would have been fought and won under the banner, ‘I Stand for consensus’?”

Margaret Thatcher was known as the “Iron Lady.” She received that name because of her resolve to not compromise convictions and beliefs. INSECURE leaders are dangerous people. They are a danger to themselves, their followers, and the organizations they lead. This is true because leadership positions amplify personal flaws. Whatever baggage you have in your life only gets more difficult to bear when you are trying to lead others.

Insecure leaders have several common traits. Here are four such traits.

They Don’t Provide Security For Others

An old adage states, “You cannot give what you do not have.” People without skill cannot impart skill to others, people without security cannot make others feel secure. For any person to become an effective leader, the kind that others want to follow, they need to make others around them on their team feel good about themselves.

They Take More From People Than They Give

Insecure people are on a continual quest for validation, acknowledgment, and love. Because of that, their focus is on finding security, not instilling it in others. They are primarily takers rather than givers, and takers do not make good leaders.

They Continually Limit Their Best People

Show me an insecure leader, and I’ll show you someone who cannot genuinely celebrate his people’s victories. He might even prevent them from realizing any victories. They might even take the credit personally for the best work on the team. Only secure leaders give power to others! Insecure leaders hoard power. The better that people are around an insecure leader, the more threatened they feel and the harder they work to limit other people’s success and recognition.

They Continually Limit The Organization

When followers are undermined and receive no recognition, they become discouraged and eventually stop performing at their potential. The entire organization suffers when this happens.

In contrast, secure leaders…

Believe in others because they believe in themselves

Are not arrogant

Know their own strengths and weaknesses

Are not threatened by other team member’s success

Build high performance teams by maximizing their best performers

Highest goal is for the team to succeed

As a leader, how well do you understand and respect yourself? Do you know your strengths and feel good about them. Have you recognized your weaknesses and accepted the ones that you can change? When a person realizes they have been created with a particular personality type and unique gifts, they are better able to appreciate the strengths and successes of others.

How secure are you as a leader? When a follower has a great idea, so you support it or suppress it? Do you celebrate others victories? When the team succeeds, so you give them credit? If you answer NO to these questions, you may be dealing with insecurity which in turn limits you, your team, and your organization.

The French novelist who wrote “The Human Comedy” stated, “Nothing is a greater impediment to being on good terms with others than being ill at ease with yourself.”

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SA Leadership Podcast Episode #123

Qualities of A Leader

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Responsibility: If Your Will Not Carry The Ball, You Cannot Lead The Team

Success on any major scale requires you to accept responsibilityIn the final analysis, the one quality that all successful people have is the ability to take on responsibility – Editor-In-Chief of Simon & Shuster Michael Korda

A Leader can give up anything accept responsibility – John Maxwell

There are four characteristics of people who embrace responsibility.

THEY GET THE JOB DONE

In a study of self made millionaires, Dr. Thomas Stanley stated they all worked hard was the one commonality. One millionaire stated that working 8 hrs./day is called survival. Everything over that is called an investment into your future. No one can do the minimum and achieve their maximum potential!

THEY ARE WILLING TO GO THE EXTRA MILE

Responsible people never protest, “That is not my job!” They are willing to whatever it takes to complete the work needed for the organization. If you want to succeed, be willing to put the organization ahead of your agenda.

THEY ARE DRIVEN BY EXCELLENCE

Excellence is a great motivator. Those who strive for excellence are responsible people. They give there all! Jim Rohn stated, “Stress comes from doing less than you can.” Make high quality your goal, and responsibility will naturally follow.

THEY PRODUCE REGARDLESS OF THE SITUATION

The ultimate quality of a responsible people is the ability to finish. Author Richard Evans in the book, An Open Road, writes, “It is priceless to find a person who will take responsibility, who will finish and follow through to the final detail – to know when someone has accepted an assignment that it will be effectively, conscientiously completed.”

To improve on responsibility do the following…

Hang in there – Sometimes the inability to deliver despite circumstances may be due to a persistence problem. The next time you find yourself in a situation that you are going to miss a deadline, lose a deal, or fail to get a program off the ground, stop and figure out how to succeed!

Admit what is not good enough – Raise your standard of excellence! Look at your life and discover areas that you are allowing things to slip. Make the necessary changes and then excel.

Find better tools – If you are working hard, have a good attitude and still do not achieve – get better equipped. Improve your skills. Take a class. Read some books, listen to some podcasts. Find a Mentor/Coach.

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SA Leadership Podcast Episode #122

Qualities of A Leader

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RELATIONSHIPS: If You Get Along, They Will Go Along

The most important single ingredient in the formula of success is knowing how to get along with people – Theodore Roosevelt

What can a person do to cultivate good relationships as a leader? Let’s look at three things.

Have A Leader’s Head Understand People

The first quality of a relational leader is the ability to understand how people think and feel. As you work with people, recognize that all people whether leaders or followers, have some things in common:

They like to feel special, sincerely compliment them.

They want a better tomorrow, so show them hope.

They desire direction, so navigate for them.

They are selfish, so speak to their needs first.

They get low emotionally, so encourage them.

They want success, so help them win.

Recognizing these truths, a leader still must be able to treat people as individuals. The ability to look at each person, understand them, and connect with them is a major factor in relational success. Ron Nichols states in business that if you treat every customer the same way, you will close only 25% of your contacts, because you will only close one type of personality. He goes on to say that if you learn to adapt to all four personality types, you can effectively close 100% of your contacts.

You have to be able to adapt your leadership style to the person you are attempting to lead.

Have A Leaders Heart Love People

Henry Gruland once CEO of Definitive Computer Services stated, Being a leader is more than just wanting to lead. Leaders have empathy for others and a keen ability to find the best people…not the worst…by truly caring for others.

Albert Einstein stated that man is here on earth for the sake of other men. You cannot truly be effective as a leader, the kind that people want to follow, unless you love people.

Extend A Leader’s Hand Help People

Le Roy Krutz of General Motors states, the fields of industry are strewn with the bones of organizations whose leadership became infested with dryrot…who believed in taking instead of giving…who did

To strengthen your relationships try the following….

IMPROVE YOUR MIND – If you lack understanding, start reading good materials on the subject. Some suggestions might be, Dale Carnegie, Alan Loy McGinnis, Les Parrot III. Them spend time observing people and talking to them to apply what you have learned.

STRENGTHEN YOUR HEART – If you are not as caring for other people, then shift the focus off of yourself. Make a simple list of things that you can do to add value to others. Do one of them each day.

REPAIR A HURTING RELATIONSHIP – Think about a long-term friendship that has faded. Do what you can to rebuild it. Get in touch with the person and try to reconnect. If there was a falling out, take responsibility for your part and apologize. Try to better understand, love and serve that person.

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SA Leadership Podcast Episode #121

Qualities of A Leader

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Problem Solving You Cannot Allow Your Problems To Become The Problem

You can measure a leader by the problems he tackles. He always looks for ones his own size – John Maxwell

The measure of success is not whether you have a tough problem to deal with, but whether it is the same problem you had last year – John Foster Dulles

Leaders with good problem-solving ability demonstrate five qualities.

They Anticipate Problems

Since problems are inevitable, good leaders anticipate them. Anyone who expects the road to be easy will continually find himself in trouble. There is a story told about David Livingston, missionary to Africa that illustrates the kind of attitude leaders need.

A mission organization wanted to send helpers to Livingston. They sent a letter that requested “Have you found a good road to where you are? If so we want to send other men to join you.” Livingston replied, “If you have men who will come only if they know there is a good road, I don’t want them. I want men who will come even if there is no road at all”

They Accept The Truth

There are two types of people: people who refuse problems and then put up with them or people who embrace problems and want to make things better. You cannot have your head in the sand and yet navigate people through troubled waters.

They See The Big Picture

Leaders must continually see the big picture. They cannot afford to be overwhelmed by emotion. Nor do they become bogged down in details they think are important.

Author Alfred Armand Montapert wrote, The majority see the obstacles; the few see the objectives, history records the successes of the latter, while oblivion is the reward of the former.

They Handle One Thing At A Time

It has been said never try to solve all the problems at once – make them line up for you one-by-one. Leaders that get into trouble the most are leaders that feel overwhelmed by the magnitude of the sheer volume of troubles.

They Don’t Give Up A Major Goal When They’re Down

Effective leaders understand the peak-to-peak principle. They make major decisions when they are experiencing a positive swing in their leadership, not during the dark times.

To improve your problem solving, attempt the following.

Look For Trouble – Look for problems, do not avoid them. Find situations that need fixing, come up with viable solutions and take them to a leader with good problem solving skills. You will learn from others.

Develop A Method – Many use the T.E.A.C.H. method.

T-ime – Spend time to discover the real issue

E-xposure – Find out what others have done

A-ssistance – Have your team study all angels

C-reativity – Brainstorm multiple solutions

H-it it – Implement The Best Solution

Surround Yourself With Problem Solvers – Problems solvers will compliment your weaknesses. You will always learn from others.

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Qualities of A Leader

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Positive Attitude: If You Believe You Can, You Can

The greatest discovery of my generation is that human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitude of mind – William James Psychologist

A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with bricks others have thrown at him – David Brinkley

Most people credited Edison’s ability to creative genius. He credited it to hard work. He stated Genius is 90% perspiration and 10% inspiration. Perhaps Edison was overlooking something else – Positive Attitude!

On a day in December 1914 Edison’s lab caught fire. It is reported that he told the children to run and get your mother because she will never see a fire like this again.

After the fire Edison stated that I am 67, but not to old to begin again. He rebuilt the lab and worked for another 17 years before passing.

If you desire to be an effective leader, having a positive attitude is essential. It not only determines your level of contentment, but also how others will interact with you. Consider these four things.

Your Attitude Is A Choice

The average person is waiting on someone else to motivate them. In this it is perceived that circumstances are responsible for the way a person may think. No matter what happened to you yesterday your attitude is a choice today.

Psychologist Victor Frankl, survivor of the Nazi death camps stated the last of our human freedoms is to choose our attitude in any given circumstance. In the face of death he chose joy.

Your Attitude Determines Your Actions

Family Life expert Denis Waitley states the winners edge is not in a gifted birth or a high IQ, or in talent. The winners edge is all in the attitude not in the aptitude. Attitude is the criterion for success. Your attitude determines your action.

Your People Are A Mirror of Your Attitude

It is amazing at how people who exhibit a bad attitude are always surprised that others are not displaying a positive attitude. Who you are is who you attract. If you can leave only one thing behind, leave an attitude of enthusiasm. You can’t put a price tag on that.

Maintaining A Good Attitude Is Easier Than Regaining One

In the book “Earth and Altar, Eugene Peterson writes that pity is one of the noblest emotions available, self pity is the most ignoble. It cripples the emotions and distorts reality.

If you have a positive attitude, I want to encourage you to keep it up. On the other hand, if you have a difficult time expecting the best of yourself and others, do not despair. You can choose your attitude, you can change it.

Martin Lloyd Jones the English heart surgeon stated that most unhappiness in life is due to the fact that you are listening to yourself rather than talking to yourself.

Here are some suggestions on improving your attitude

Feed Yourself The Right Food – Start taking in a regular diet of motivational material. Read books that encourage a positive attitude. Listen to motivational podcasts. The more negative that you are the longer amount of time will be required to turn your situation around. When you take in a regular amount of the right motivational content you will begin to improve and change.

Achieve A Goal Each Day – Negativity reinforces sluggish behavior and goal setting. A pattern of positive accomplishments leads to a positive attitude.

Write It On Your Wall – We all need reminders to keep thinking correctly. Alex Haley used to keep a picture of a turtle on a fence post to remind him that everybody needs the help of others from time to time.

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