What Four Words Govern Your Attitude?


Are you a glass half empty kind of person, or a glass half full? There are literally thousands of books, articles, blogs, posts, memes, songs, videos, etc. written about motivation and attitude. And the subject can get tiring for some. But to excel in this fast-paced world of career advancement that I live as a recruiter, it’s one that must continuously be explored and redefined.

Attitude is everything

Your attitude will define your future success, as it is the core of self-motivation. And yes, while many may say that no one else can control it, the attitude and behavior of others will affect your ability to lead and perform. I’ve heard that you’re the only one who controls how you feel and respond, but how often do we get ‘tanked’ or ‘derailed’ by something that another person does, whether it be a co-worker, a supervisor, or a loved one? Yes, we do choose how we respond. However, unless you’re a robot, it’s impossible for other’s actions and behaviors not to color our attitude, and therefore, performance as that is a springboard for our responses.

Find what motivates you

How do we insulate ourselves from derailment? How do we ‘reset’ after every disappointment or failure? It’s certainly a challenge, but you can overcome this by preparing for success. To do so, you must identify your core drive. What is your ‘one thing’ that is the key to your motivation? What is the one thing that can drown out the negative in your day?

There is an entertaining series of movies with Billie Crystal called City Slickers where the main character, a marketing executive, is miserable in life. Basically, he has lost his way. Curly, played by Jack Palance is a weather-beaten cowboy who becomes his guide back to realizing what’s important. His message is that everyone has “the one thing” that is the key to your own success or failure. What is your one thing? Have you taken the time to know what makes you tick; what floats your boat?

So where do you begin? My best suggestion for a starting point is the realization that many of our attitudes derive from four-word phrases. And in these short phrases, identifying what is the most common thread that you associate with, can speak volumes to your attitude and whether you need a mental ‘reset.’ What’s the first thing that crosses your mind in a tough situation, can do or can’t do? Are you naturally more half empty or half full?

Half empty:

  • I can’t start today
  • I don’t know how
  • I don’t like change
  • I can’t do it

Half full:

  • I can start now
  • I will be successful
  • I will embrace change
  • I can do it

Your attitude is up to you

If you’re a half empty kind of person, you can become a half full kind of person; however, it’ll take focus, hard work, and a conscious choice to be a better you. Do you want to experience the success that others seem to enjoy? What better time than now, when we are wrapping up 2018 and ready to take on the new year. You can make all the New Year’s resolutions you want, but your promises to yourself need to come with a positive attitude, a desire to learn, and the starting point of accurate self-assessment.

Is this the new year where you embrace the new you? Make it happen for 2019!


Attitude: How the Right Attitude Can Help You Land the Job


Have you ever heard the phrase, “Your attitude determines your altitude.” By Zig Ziglar? Well, it’s a sentence that you should keep close to you when at your job or on the job hunt.

You probably hear all the time how a friend or colleague of yours is having a hard time finding their next position. They have all the skills and experience needed to attain it, but as you know, their attitude isn’t the most flattering.

Here is how you can maintain a great attitude

The way to ensure you come in every day, or to every interview with a great one, is to remember what you put out into the world does come back full circle. So, if you walk into work with a positive mindset, you will be able to accomplish everything you need to, even if it’s a hard or stressful day.

Attitude can make or break your chances at landing a job, and people forget how comforting and calming a warm smile and genuine, “Hope your day is going well” can do for them. Especially, when it comes to finding a new job.

Of course, we all can’t be in a great mood every day… But attitude is something you have full control over! When you have a hard day, or a bad thing happens, you get to choose how you confront that problem. And it all stems back to is your attitude.

If you’re a positive thinker and try to always be optimistic, your attitude will show that. If you always focus on the bad and think everyone is out to get you, your production obviously will suffer.

But, thankfully, it is an easy thing to improve upon by just being self-aware of your actions.

Three Questions to ask yourself

  • Are you kind and welcoming when others talk to you?
  • Do you smile and enjoy conversations when given the opportunity?
  • Do you try to make a difference every day?

These are just three questions you can keep in the back of your mind when wanting to improve your attitude. You can also ask them to yourself during an interview to help you stay calm and relaxed. This way you can give them the best impression of who you are and how you work hard to be kind, positive, and relatable.

Now, lets land that job!

With all of this information, you’re now ready to land the job you’ve been waiting for. Your positive attitude towards this opportunity will help you fine-tune your resume and cover letter perfectly. It will make the interview “nerves” not as bad and it will give you the confidence you need to be successful.

Your attitude overall will help you nail interviews, get great connections, and prepare you for the hard moments when it comes to your career. It keeps your outlook positive during stressful events and maybe even when you don’t land that job you applied for. With life though, comes failure, but with a good attitude, nothing can stop you from accomplishing your career goals.

Because your attitude is the key to your success and always will be when it comes to landing your dream job!