In his book, “Man’s Search for Meaning,” Viktor Frankl describes the ability to choose one’s own attitude. He was separated from his own wife, mother, and father, and lost them all before the war ended.
But what did Frankl learn from his time in the concentration camp? Here’s what he said:
“Everything can be taken away from a man or a woman but one thing: the last of human freedoms to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances…”
My work as an executive coach and consultant gives me an opportunity to interact with different people. I find some individuals get along well with their colleagues and bosses, whereas, some find it hard to cope.
Individuals working on the same project achieve different results under similar circumstances. What separates the achievers from the losers? It is the attitude towards work. Attitude is everything.
“It is our attitude at the beginning of a difficult task which, more than anything else, will affect its successful outcome.” – William James
Attitude is everything
Attitude is a mindset and a belief system.
Our environments are overcrowded with individuals who exhibit toxic behaviors, negativity, lack of credibility and similar mindsets
Last week during a visit to a client’s office, I overheard a heated conversation in the lobby. One of the executives was venting his anger. The subject of the discussion was how the senior executives got passed over for a promotion. On checking with the HR Head, I got to know that the gentleman was not promoted because of his attitude. I wasn’t surprised. What I had seen in the lobby was a proof of it.
Charles Swindoll said,”life is 10% of what happens to you and 90% of how you react to it”.
He was referring to attitude. 90% of the time you are in charge of it
Types of Attitudes
Dr. Mabel Joshua-Amadi in her book”The Power of Attitude” writes about the different types of attitudes that people display. She has used Metaphors of birds to depict the different ten types.
- Positive Attitude of the golden eagles
- Negative attitude of the Hawk
- Pitiful, Victim attitude of the nightingale
- Fearful attitude of the Ostrich
- Blase attitude of the peacock and parrot
- Beaten attitude of the mournful dove
- Commandant attitude of the rooster
- Caring attitude of the hen
- Critical attitude of the carrion crow
Can you identify your dominant attitude from the list?
Viktor Frankl in his book talks about how he survived the Holocaust and in those horrible days he held on to the ability to choose his attitude.
You can choose and change your mindset and belief no matter what! Have a mentor or a coach to help you navigate. Don’t let your attitude be a reason for your career derailment.
A Chinese philosopher Confucius said that ” Only the most intelligent and the most stupid do not change.