Personal Growth For Success – Aspects of Attitude
When considering personal growth for success, in any kind of endeavour, many coaches and mentors stress the importance of attitude.
‘It is your attitude, not your aptitude, which determines your altitude’.
‘Attitude is everything’.
These are two of the relevant quotes I have seen and heard countless times, relating to many aspects of life. They are particularly common in the literature relating to personal growth and the search for success.
What is Success
While success can be defined in many different ways, the universally accepted definition of failure, is the inability achieve a goal, whatever that goal might be.
What is also fairly universally accepted, is that any such failure is almost always the result of ceasing to try – in other words, giving up, or quitting.
Simply expressed, success might be defined as never quitting!
So, let us examine why someone might decide to quit, whatever their goal or objective might be.
Nine times out of ten (if not more), such a decision is probably the result of a perceived lack of progress in the right direction.
Importance of Attitude
It is when you might be considering quitting that your attitude is vitally important. Is that blasted glass really half empty? (Or is it ‘only’ half full?)
The main point is often simply that there is no need to look at the ‘glass’ from that particular angle! The vital thing to remember is that the glass is almost always refillable!
I will illustrate the different ways of looking at a situation, with an example from my own experience.
Who Hates Hospitals?
I cannot count the number of times I have heard someone use the expression ‘I hate hospitals’.
Well, this resonates with me, because when I was young, I spent quite a lot of time in hospital visiting, usually my father. My experiences there are very close to one hundred percent positive.
Indeed, between 1953 and 1981, over many dozens of stays there, only one time did he not come out!
So you see, while I (like every one else), do not enjoy the ‘hospital’ smells – disinfectant and boiled cabbage mainly, I associate such places with pain relief, life extension and healing.
My gratitude for what could be achieved there is so overwhelming, that I find it very difficult to understand why others can feel so negative.
Attitude of Gratitude
Of course, that attitude of gratitude was mainly inherited from the man (my father) who had the most influence on my early life. I always admired how he could remain so positive. Particularly while other patients around him, many with less severe ailments, were often extremely miserable.
It was not difficult to understand why his attitude also meant that the staff never had a problem with him. His treatment, while often painful and uncomfortable, was always as ‘less bad’ as possible.
I am a great believer in ‘karma’, ‘what goes around comes around’ and ‘you get back from the universe what you put out there’.
So, all you ‘hospital-haters’ and others with similar attitudes, where do you think your ‘bad feeling’ comes from?
Could a change in attitude allow you to experience some positive personal growth for success?
Do you think you might be able to feel better if you modify your attitude – to hospitals, and anything else which you ‘hate’?
For me, it is a ‘no-brainer’. I am convinced that our attitudes govern just about every aspect of our lives. Why not look to your own attitudes and watch your life change for the better?
What do you think?
Really would be interested to know just what you think.
Please leave any questions, suggestions, comments or ideas below.