Sometimes we complain how difficult life can be. Then we think about how to improve it but when the opportunity comes we let it pass by or don’t take full advantage of it.

Successful people are the kind of people who are not satisfied with mediocrity while others become complacent and accept the status quo. Some missed out on opportunities because they lose the drive they had when the opportunity first presented itself.  What makes some people succeed while others fall into this trap?  

Attitude!

The amount of success you have in life is strongly related to your attitude. John Maxwell, author of “Today Matters” tells us, “your attitude – not your achievements – gives you success”. A good example can be derived from a story we are familiar with.

Two customer service representatives had the same training. They were taught how to resolve customer issues over the phone. They both admit that dealing with different types of people calling about various issues is a tough job and it takes a lot of patience. They started off their first 3 months doing a great job. Then one of the representatives started being late and making excuses. He showed no interest in resolving issues yet he wanted to be promoted. He got frustrated and eventually quit. The other representative however, showed consistency and a positive attitude toward work. No matter how difficult his job, he never failed to provide good customer service. He showed consistency and determination and was rewarded with a promotion. On the first day of his training, he set his goal that the time will come, he will no longer take calls and he will supervise representatives. Attitude helped him make it!

Not only do you need to make good decisions daily, you also need to display the right attitude as it makes a difference in how you approach your day. The good news is that even a bad attitude can be changed. It takes an incredible amount of effort but even barely average people can do great.

Believing you can show a good attitude helps increases possibilities thus increasing your chance of success.  Keep your attitude positive and it will influence others. People like to be around positive people. Not only that, a positive attitude improves your relationships and positivity impacts your ability for success.

On the other hand, a negative attitude is self-defeating because it strips you of your ability to achieve any type of success in your life. If you’re not willing to change it, you will never go far.

So, how’s your attitude today?  Let your attitude become your best asset in your journey to success.

Terry Miller
Terry has spent over 20 years focused on business leadership and information technology. As an independent consultant, he enjoys working with a variety of customers to help them solve business problems using the Salesforce® platform. His ability to quickly identify bottlenecks and provide understandable solutions has gained him the trust of his customers. If you're looking for expert guidance on your next Salesforce® project, click here to contact Terry today.