An athlete at the top of his game exudes an aura, an energy. When you’re in their presence you can sense it. They don’t seem to walk through the world so much as their energy commands it to move around them. Successful people are the same way. I’ve had the privilege of being exposed to some really successful people, most of them here in Charlotte. They might not have been overtly or blatantly flaunting their success, but when you’re around them, you have a sense that they’re fulfilling their dream.
The reason that I bring this up, is that there’s a thread of connection that I’ve seen through all of these successful people. It’s their mindset. It’s the attitude that they choose to use as their filter for the world. Attitude effects our perception of the world around us. With the right attitude, even the tough situations are much less stressful.
Think about your day for a moment. Was it good? Was it terrible? Why? How did it start out? Maybe some jerk cut you off in traffic. Maybe you started the day in a fight with your partner. Maybe you just woke up on the wrong side of the bed. So why do these things matter? They matter because they molded your outlook on the day. These events, which are small in the scheme of your life, can have such a powerful influence on your productivity and ultimately your happiness.
Well, what if you had taken a moment, a time out to ca yourself an readjust your perspective. Would your day have been different? I want you to think for a moment about the chain of events that occurred after your attitude shifted from good to bad, or from bad to worse.
Most days, the things that happen to you and around you are almost completely out of your control. The only thing you can control is how you react. That reaction is going to be based on the positive or negative outlook that you’ve chosen to use as your experiential filter.
So the next time you step in dog poop, spill your coffee, or they run out of bear claws at the donut shop, take a deep breath and look around you. Consciously decide how you’re going to deal with that situation and how big of impact that I really has on your life. Little by little you’ll start to see a shift in yourself and the way that people perceive you.
Your attitude and outlook will become infectious and will open doorways and opportunities for success.