Performance Tip of the Week – June 8, 2011
Do you remember the childhood story, The Little Engine That Could, originally touted as a metaphor for the American Dream? To refresh your, perhaps, rusty memory, there is a heavy train that needs to be pulled over a mountain. Many seemingly suitable engines are asked to take on the task, but refuse for a variety of reasons. Finally the request is put to a small engine, which from outward appearances is not equipped for the difficult task. But it agrees to try, and by continuing to state, “I think I can, I think I can…” it successfully pulls the load up and over the mountain.
Are you like the strong engines that were full of excuses because they did not want to put in the effort to reach the goal? Or are you working hard to maintain a daily can-do attitude even in the face of serious challenges? If you hope to ever have a chance at reaching your big and even small goals in business, you’d better make sure you’ve got the right attitude on board every day. The choice is up to you.
It’s as simple as deciding exactly how you are going to think each morning when you arise. To get your mind moving in the direction of excellence, make sure that you have visible representations of your goals, either written on Post-It’s or posted photos of what you wish to achieve. These reminders can act as the proverbial carrot on the stick for you, especially on the days when you are feeling a little less than enthusiastic.
My question to you today is this…
What are you doing to maintain the right mental attitude to get to the finish line, whatever that may be for you? I look forward to connecting with you when you leave a comment below.
“Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.” – Thomas Jefferson