Attitude matters. A person with the right attitude can turn any difficult situation into an opportunity.
I like what Winston Churchill once said:
“A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”
Any type of work is not without any difficulty, but in our most challenging situations, opportunity can be found. What are the ingredients of having the right attitude? I can see three:
How do we start our mornings? Do we wake up complaining or thanking? Do we say, “Thank you Lord for my job”? Do we say, “Thank you Lord for the opportunities that you have prepared today”? Gratefulness is born out of an experience of difficulty. Most people who are grateful went through tough times. They worked hard, overcame, and by way of an opportunity landed where they are today. They are those who acknowledge God’s providence. They work better because they know they got there by God’s mercy and grace. They see things as blessings, and even see difficulties as a way to grow. Try thanking more people, and see your attitude improve dramatically.
Problems will always pop up, and many of them are not by our own doing. The more that the action is delayed to solve a problem or the longer we complain about it, the worse it becomes. Being Proactive (popularized by Stephen Covey) is the opposite to being reactive. It is about choosing the right response that would lead to positive results. It’s the ability to carefully think how to act during problematic situations that taunt us to do something we’ll regret later — like flaring up and saying hurtful words. Being proactive gives us the right attitude towards work and helps us become doubly productive. It helps us become solution seekers.
People remember those who have been kind to them. If you apply this to business, you are sure to have a repeat order and loyal clients. Aesop said:
“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.”
Yet, kindness is born out of a pure intention to help. It does not think of an “R.O.K” or Return of Kindness. Many leaders see kindness as a weakness. They’ll say, “Your boss is too kind.” But I know many successful people who shine brighter because of their kindness. People love to follow them. Kindness is a vital ingredient to having the right attitude.
Master the right attitude and be an opportunity magnet.
“With the right attitude, human beings can move mountains. With the wrong attitude, they can be crushed by the smallest grain of sand.” (Jim Rohn)
“Rejoice in the Lord always. I shall say it again: rejoice! Your kindness should be known to all. The Lord is near. Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God.” (Phil. 4: 4-6)
Kirby is an author, motivational speaker, trainer, and songwriter. He wrote the book “The Fired Up Life: Passion Principles to Motivate You for Work and Life.” He finished his Masters of Arts in Theology at the San Carlos Seminary Graduate School of Theology in March 2016 and currently pursuing a Doctorate degree in Ateneo de Manila. He was a full-time missionary of Couples for Christ for 16 years and currently the owner of Uplift Learning Enterprise, a training and development company.