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What Four Words Govern Your Attitude?

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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!

Need Inspiration To Start That Job Search? We've Got You Covered

Need Inspiration To Start That Job Search? We’ve Got You Covered

So… you’ve been thinking about getting a new job. But launching into a job search seems like such a monumental leap with all sorts of unknowns and a to-do list a mile long. The good news is, you don’t have to go it alone. We know that one of the best ways to kickstart your career is by catching up on some words of inspiration. That’s why we’ve collected some of our favorite motivational quips – in hopes that it helps you take that initial step to looking for a new job.

Need Inspiration To Start That Job Search? We've Got You Covered

Need Inspiration To Start That Job Search? We've Got You Covered

Need Inspiration To Start That Job Search? We've Got You Covered

Need Inspiration To Start That Job Search? We've Got You Covered

Need Inspiration To Start That Job Search? We've Got You Covered

Need Inspiration To Start That Job Search? We've Got You Covered

Need Inspiration To Start That Job Search? We've Got You Covered

Need Inspiration To Start That Job Search? We've Got You Covered

Need Inspiration To Start That Job Search? We've Got You Covered

What Super Bowl 51 Taught Us About Motivation, motivation, patriots, falcons, super bowl, tom, brady, tom brady, atlanta, new england,

What Super Bowl 51 Taught Us About Motivation

What Super Bowl 51 Taught Us About Motivation

Super Bowl 51’s lesson comes in the review of the circumstances that have played out since Super Bowl 50 and the controversy surrounding Deflategate; no pigskin in history ever got so much attention! The Patriots could have focused on the past and what they felt were unfair sanctions, but instead they chose a different attitude, they chose to aim for making it to the big show again. No matter what side of the football and sanction fairness controversy you fall on, the challenges that the Patriots had to overcome to win has already become legend.

Much of success and what defines you boils down to motivation and putting forth the effort to succeed.  It takes all the motivational elements you can muster to be successful, just like this year’s Super Bowl champions. With their starting quarterback suspended, the team chose to use the suspension as motivation. We should all remember that the team won 3 out of the 4 games while he was suspended!

Tom Brady was continuously asked if the suspension was going to motivate him to win, but he said it was his teammates’ attitude and his personal desire to succeed. Brady said:

“It takes a lot of work to get to this point. Nothing that has happened in the past is going to help us win this game. What’s going to help us win this game is going through that process we talked about and being ready to go. That’s enough motivation for me.”

What Super Bowl 51 Taught Us About Motivation

What does that mean for you in seeking a new opportunity? Has your company done a reorganization and you have been let go? Have you been told for the 3rd time that you did great but you were the companies second choice? Did you get passed over for the promotion you worked so hard for? We all want to win, but the best way to guarantee a win comes down to the right attitude and the desire to overcome.

To accomplish this you must start by realizing that these circumstances don’t define you. Answer the question ‘What kind of team player do I want to be?’ Use the knowledge and experience that has led you to this point, and become the best version of yourself possible. At Johnson Search Group, we are honored to continue to be a resource to answer these questions and be a resource to help you become the winner you desire to be!

Leading by Example, Winning by Example

Leading by Example and Winning with Integrity

Leading by Example, Winning by Example

If you’ve ever received a message from me, you’ve seen that my signature carries the phrase, “Leading by Example and Winning with Integrity.” You might wonder, why? Is this a marketing ploy or does this have a place in the business world? Better yet, how can it affect me?

Much more than a marketing ploy, this phrase is an expression of who I am. In the world we live in, we tend to get caught up in “what’s in it for me and how do I get to the top of the heap.” I have always been competitive, and always found myself a natural leader. Early on in my career, I learned that there was a difference between talking a big game and showing up when it matters most. I learned there was a way to be competitive without stepping all over the competition. While many around me used the phrase, “fake it til you make it,” I found that telling the truth even when I didn’t know the answer, eventually taught me the answers I needed to know.

This phrase, which is as important to me as the air we breathe, has served to bring people into my life that share in my values. Home life, business life, friends, and family may not always share my style, but they know where I stand.

Winning is as easy as helping other people get what they want. When you work hard and do the right thing, even when no one is looking, it builds a respect and loyalty that not only lasts throughout your transaction, but also a lifetime and beyond.

Mike Muglia, Leading by Example and Winning with Integrity

Never before has this served me as well as in my current profession. I am in the business of matching people from different cultures, background, and skills with companies, ultimately creating life-altering relationships. Candidates put their trust and confidence in me to help them get more time with their families, more opportunities for their children, a better use of their skills, and more cushion in their bank accounts. Clients look for me to take the pressure off of them to find an employee that wants more than a job, fits in their culture, and is competent in their abilities. Every day as I make phone calls, I keep in mind to lead by example and win with integrity.

Now I ask you, how will you lead by example and win with integrity in your life?