A positive attitude DOES NOT guarantee success
Some things are so obvious, aren’t they?
For instance, therapy is expensive, popping bubble-wrap is cheap. And what about an aircraft landing, surely that’s simply a controlled mid-air collision with a planet, isn’t it?
Also a lot of success mindset concepts and tools really are so obvious and common sense, we know them but do we use them? If we do, do we keep it up? It can be a challenge as life often gets in the way and so we need reminding from time to time. It’s one of the reasons I speak on the topic.
Which reminds me when I recently came off stage after delivering a keynote on Achievement Thinking (R) which, in this case, I applied to managing change and building resilience. During the presentation people were taking notes of the insights and tools I shared. Afterwards several people wanted to talk to me and share their ideas, which I love to hear as I usually learn something myself. As we all know, there are often many ways to achieve the same result. But, I noticed one person hung back and waited, and waited, and… waited.
Finally this person approached me and after the usual pleasantries asked, ‘If I use all the tools you’ve taught us today, can you guarantee me success?’
My response was a simple and direct, ‘no’.
He smiled and said with glee, ‘so it’s all rubbish is it?’
My response was as direct as my first answer but not as simple.
‘None of it is rubbish. BUT, regarding the tools and concepts I’ve taught you I CAN guarantee you TWO things:
1) If you don’t use them (or any other beneficial mindset tool for that matter) I guarantee your failure.
2) If you do use them they’ll give you the greatest possible chance of achieving success. At worse, if things don’t work out you’ll be able to handle failure and hardships more easily to quickly get back on track and focussed.’
I repeat, when it comes to achieving any goal and leading a happy life, even if we use all the right tools and have the right attitude the ONLY guarantee we have is… the greatest possible chance… of achieving success.
For me, I’d certainly prefer to have the greatest possible chance of achieving success than a guarantee of failure.
It’s easy to have self-belief and a positive attitude when things are going well. The time we really need self-belief and a positive attitude is when things are not going so well.
The time to learn mindset tools and nurture the positive attitude needed for success is when things are going well.
Think about this for a moment, when does an athlete train for a sporting event, let’s say a race? Do they train and prepare during the race or before the race so they’re ready to cope with whatever is thrown at them during the race?
Obviously, they train before the race. The trick is to remember the right tool to use when you need to use it. It’s an even bigger trick to nurture a positive attitude so it’s there no matter what life throws at us.
So I’ve decided to give you a sack load of tools and concepts in the form of an ebook just clickerate here to download it. It’s only 15 pages of A4 but it’s packed solid with usable mindset stuff and you don’t even have to give me your email address.
Of course if you’d like to sign up for a once a month inspirational boost from me then clickerate here, and sign up at the bottom of the page, the book is with my compliments.
When you download it pick just one tool, two at the most and give it/them a shot and see what happens. Having a positive attitude and using any one of those tools will not guarantee you success but will give you the greatest possible chance of achieving success, manage change and/or building resilience.
Well, that’s my good deed for the day, now where did I put that bubble wrap?