On Success: Attitude Determines Altitude



Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.

~ Thomas Jefferson

Your attitude, not your aptitude, will determine your altitude.

~ Zig Ziglar

A positive attitude causes a chain reaction of positive thoughts, events and outcomes. It is a catalyst and it sparks extraordinary results.

~ Wade Boggs

During World War II, soldiers were asked to compete to see who had the most powerful grip.  They averaged 101 pounds per man.  Then they were hypnotized and given the negative suggestion that they were weak and sickly, feeble and anemic.  They were told to grip the machine as tightly as they could.  They averaged 69 pounds per man.

Before they were awakened from their hypnotic trance, they were given the positive message that they were Herculean, Samson-like and powerful.  They were then told to grip the machine as tightly as they could.  What do you think was the result?  They now averaged 140 pounds per man.  This more than doubled their 69 pound grip under the defeatist or negative attitude and was almost 40% better than their best record in the normal waking state.  (As related by Dr. George W. Crane).

What is the principle we learn from Dr. Crane and the quotes above?  Attitude is a key element determining the level of success you achieve.

If attitude determines altitude, then what determines attitude?  In other words, how do you maintain a consistent positive attitude?  In my experience, attitude seems to be driven from an affirmed understanding of who you are and the power you have to control your life through personal choice and accountability.

Think about this well known excerpt from the United States’ Declaration of Independence, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

All men (and women) are equal.  No matter where you were born or your personal affiliations, you have the right to live life to its fullest, with freedom of choice, and to pursue happiness.  These “unalienable Rights” mean there is nothing you can’t accomplish.  Do you believe it?  Do you really believe it?

If you believe and understand that you have the inherent ability to rise above any personal circumstances that limit you (i.e. personal accountability) then the next step is deciding how you will think and act.  If you choose to look for opportunity and then work to achieve it, opportunity will come.  If you choose to look for the good in others and work to have those same characteristics in yourself, then you will become that type of person, that type of leader.  An axiom leader.

Believing.  Choosing.  Acting.  You are here to act and not be acted upon.  It starts with trusting in yourself and not letting others’ opinions, perceptions, or criticisms determine who you are.  Choose to be your best self no matter what circumstances you face.

As you start the work week, choose to have a positive attitude.  Choose to see the world through the lens of endless opportunity.  Choose to be the person who can grip 140 pounds.  Unleash your full potential.  It starts with a choice.

Choose greatness.





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