“The ideal accomplishment of a goal, aspiration or objective that benefits everyone involved."
When watching top performers in action do you wonder what they do to become and remain great? Do they make plans and set goals? Are they strategic in defining their priorities? Do they practice 6-8 hours every day? Do they work with one coach
or several? Do they surround themselves with the best and brightest performers? Final question: Have you noticed the pattern in these questions? Each one inquires about what they did. None of the questions make a direct reference to how they felt. Yet, everything people think do or say has an emotional element.
Attitudes are the emotions that influence our actions and determine the quality of our results. When people grumble or refuse to do something they should be doing, we attribute it to their "Bad Attitude." On the flip side, when they do something willingly with a smile we credit their "PMA" (Positive Mental Attitude). We seem to understand the importance of positive attitudes, but how often do we intentionally work on developing them?
"Your attitude not your aptitude
will determine your altitude." -- Zig Ziglar
Four Laws of True Performance
Let's move from philosophy to math where we'll look at the following simple equation with four factors of human performance.
A x E x S = P
Where: A = ATTITUDE, E = EFFORT, S = SKILLS and P = PERFORMANCE
Law #1: Here's what the equation teaches about Attitude. The Attitude Variable (A) can never equal zero because we can never be without attitudes. Therefore, because attitude is never zero it never has a neutral impact on performance. Attitude always determines if the outcome is negative (-) or positive (+).
Law #2: Effort (E) and Skills (S) are different. They can each be zero or positive, but they can never be negative. Think about it. Effort is either present (+) or absent (0). However, what effort produces is negative or positive according to the value of Attitude. Same thing for Skills. We either have them or we don't. It is attitude that determines whether skills are used to create a positive or negative outcome.
Law #3: While the main point of this equation is to emphasize that attitude is everything, there is one more law. It's the discipline of proper focus -- using the equation for worthy purposes. It means to always keep your eye on the ball and learn to swing only at the good pitches!
"Don't count the things you do. Do the things that count." -- Zig Ziglar
Law #4: Last of all, be responsible for yourself. Don't blame others for your problems and mistakes. Though it's exceptable to take credit for the good, accept the bad outcomes of your life and apologize when appropriate.