Changing your outlook can have amazing effects on your success.
Yesterday I went for a walk and I saw a large group of teenage girls doing an after-school run down the path. The girls were running as a large pack, but most were keeping pace in pairs or threes. As they passed by I managed to hear snippets of conversation.
One girl was clearly not enjoying herself and she said to the girl next to her, “Slow down, who cares?”.
“I do!”, the second girl replied. She was slightly ahead and turned around to shout the words enthusiastically before continuing her run forward.
Then I saw another pair of girls discussing track and field tryouts. The first girl said, “Try out with me!”. “Why?” her companion asked without any enthusiasm.
“Cause it’ll be fun!” was the reply.
Attitude and Enthusiasm
Those two conversations got me thinking about how important it is to have a positive attitude and a passion for life. One girl in each pair was clearly on the right track, showing enthusiasm for participation. The other two girls made me think of the classic sullen teen who can’t be bothered with anything and doesn’t want to make any effort. I can picture the futures of those girls who showed enthusiasm and it looks a lot more exciting than the future of the other two girls. Think about the girl who wants to try out for the track team. Think about the girl who thinks it’s important to do well.
Doesn’t it seem like the world holds a lot more opportunities for her?
Changing Your Attitude
So which of these two sets of girls do you most resemble? Does exercise feel like too much of a chore and you can’t be bothered to leave the comfort of your couch every evening? Do you tackle tasks at work with gusto, or do you put them off until the last minute and then barely complete them? Then you might as well be a sullen teen. If you want to succeed at what you do in life – and bring people up with you, rather than dragging them down – you need to be that upbeat individual and bring an energetic spirit to everything you do.
Think about who you want to be and how you want to influence others.
Be a positive force and bring your best attitude forward every day.