If you were to be a fly on the wall of any locker room prior to a big game in any sport, you might be a little surprised to hear the abundance of encouraging and inspirational words going around in addition to actual, tactical strategy. A savvy coach knows how critical attitude can play into a game—more so than talent or skill in a given moment. Which is why any good strategy for setting a course for success must entail a tremendous amount of attention to attitude but how does one cultivate that perfect attitude? In all honesty, it’s easier said than done.
You must reject the Google & Gates Lie: “I have to be super smart and invent something the world relies on to be rich” and adopt an attitude that will support you as your ideas, no matter how small you think they are. I didn’t go through the normal chains of education. I wasn’t bogged down with thoughts of failure, and I wasn’t afraid to take a few calculated risks. My positive attitude helped me stay focused on fueled from the get-go. It also helped me to ignore people who told me I couldn’t do it, or that I’d be a failure soon enough. When people ask me how they, too, can work toward nourishing that same attitude and keep it moving upward minus the ego, I share my six tips to what I call “refining your character.” These six elements constitute the “constant energy” you must put into enhancing yourself and preserving your positive outlook. It’s no joke that your attitude is your control center. Someone “Anonymous” may be credited for saying, “The control center of your life is your attitude, but I wish I could claim that phrase because it’s just so darn true.”
Faith: Having unremitting faith in yourself and your dream is key. In the Bible, Paul said: “faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things unseen.” How can you expect anyone else to believe in your dreams or to follow your plans if you don’t have faith in them yourself?
Guts: Take fear by the hand and let it lead you, even if you have to step outside your box and get a little uncomfortable. Being successful means that, to an extent, you have to step out of line means that you have to do and be things that are divergent from the rest of society in order to rise above most of society. Standing out can be scary, which is why you need guts to succeed.
Determination: Stay the course no matter what comes your way. Be solution-oriented at every step. Even if you have the guts to stay the course when times are tough, you still must possess determination to remain true to the goal. Determination means that you have resolved that no matter what life throws you, you will keep going until you reach your goal. As the old adage goes, expect to sweat it out 90 percent of the time for every 10 percent of inspiration. Steadfast determination will keep your goals and vision in sight, and help you seek sound solutions no matter what curveballs hit you.
Wisdom: Pursue the knowledge you need to achieve in your chosen field. Again, this can entail any number of things, be it formal schooling or general life experience and personal research. Another thing that can be said about successful people is that they are rarely stupid or even foolish. Keep in mind that being wise doesn’t always come with age, and is not always naturally possessed. Wisdom, generally, is an understanding of what is true and right. That understanding comes from learning, which means that anyone with determination can acquire wisdom.
Have the wisdom of patience, too. Adversity is a great teacher.
Focus: Remain committed to your goal and on defining your purpose. One thing that most successful people possess is the ability to excel in a variety of areas. However, because life is short and the road to success is difficult and sometimes long, one must focus from start to finish. Focus means that you pick one activity or one area of interest and create your plan based on that one activity or area of interest.