- John Lloyd Part 2: Positive Attitude
John Lloyd Part 2: Positive Attitude
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Part 2 - by John Lloyd
Positive Attitude = Positive Results!
Your attitude may be more important than your skill set!
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This is a great time to be alive. There are so many positives around us. There’s never been more opportunities and possibilities for ambitious, young people to achieve success.
I believe that 90% of your success in life may be determined by your attitude, and the rest (10%) … by your skill set. It stands to reason: If you find ways to positively manage, develop and improve your attitude, then you are 90% of the way to personal success.
I urge you to open your eyes to the opportunities around you today. Here are a few ideas that I believe, if practiced, may help you move your career skywards. Most managers wish all their employees understood these few principles.
These are the behaviours that will get you earning more and promoted faster:
(1) Take responsibility for your own career
Plan your own career path rather than waiting for someone to plan it for you. Go the extra mile. Do more than your job description. Confidently build your skill levels . Continually look for ways to make yourself more valuable. Identify, focus on and develop your strengths.
(2) Focus on your career goals
Try and develop a clear path to accomplish great things in your career. Without goals you have no direction. You will end up going nowhere. You must clearly decide what you want to achieve and why. Your goals should have a result and purpose. These should be backed up with effective plans of action. Write your career goals in a journal/diary and ensure that you do something each … and every day that moves you towards these goals.
(3) Ask for what you want
The future belongs to people who clearly ask for what they want. Don’t be part of the majority who sit back, hoping that things will improve or come to them. Ask in a respectful and polite manner, but ask often. This will communicate your ambition and leadership potential to your boss.
(4) Learn to communicate in a powerful & persuasive manner
Can you capture your listener’s attention quickly? Can you get your message across clearly? Can you write persuasively and with impact? Get books on these subjects and improve these stand-out skills. Good communicators tend to attract the best jobs and projects.
(5) Commit to learning throughout your life
Attend seminars, read books, do courses and continually learn and develop new skills. The more you collect, the more motivation, energy and drive you will have. This learning attitude will always show in a person’s work and benefit you in the end.
(6) Guard your reputation
All successful business and personal relationships are based on trust. Your character and reputation is your single most valuable asset – guard it as precious. It takes years to build a good reputation, but it may take only one cocktail party or office affair to destroy it.
(7) Keep up to date with business trends
Do you regularly read the business section of your newspaper or business magazines? Can you identify 3 facts that may impact your industry over the next year? What are the potential threats to your industry or profession? The ability to anticipate is a positive business skill.
(8) Develop a positive attitude
Your attitude at work may determine your level of success. People who are cheerful and optimistic are usually more popular than moaners and groaners. In the workplace, it’s very important to get on with your clients and colleagues. Good team players are supportive and positive.
(9) Create a successful image
People will judge you on how you dress. Make every effort to look like a winner, especially at work. Look professional. Be professional. Dress neatly and appropriately. Managers will not take you seriously if you come to work in dirty, un-ironed clothes.
(10) Always treat people well
Treat all people respect. Treat them the same way you’d like to be treated. The more people that like, trust and respect you, the bigger your chance of success.
And finally, make small improvements every day. You have abilities, talents and strengths - today’s the day to start using them. You have unlimited power within you. Turn it on!
- John Lloyd is a business growth strategist, award-winning marketer, speaker, trainer and columnist. He is the author of the book Smart Thinking for Crazy Times.
- www.brandstorm.co.za / firstname.lastname@example.org
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‘Where the loser saw barriers, the winner saw hurdles.’ - Robert Brault
‘Life is not a matter of holding good cards, but of playing a poor hand well.’ - Robert Louis Stevenson
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Other articles to read:
- Part 1: Goal setting
- Part 3: Deal, or no deal
- Part 4: The power of believing
- Part 5: 3 Key ways to guarantee explosive sales in your business
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