“Your attitude, not your aptitude, will determine your altitude.” – Zig Ziglar
As Zig Ziglar points out in his quote, your attitude is what makes or breaks you. As any peak performer will tell you, it’s your attitude that determines how high you’ll go in life. Optimal success is a result of cultivating and maintaining a positive mindset.
It’s a lot easier to handle setbacks and challenges with a positive mental attitude
When you run into bumps and roadblocks, it’s a lot easier to face them when you have a positive mental attitude. It doesn’t matter if you presently have the tools, skills, knowledge, or resources, as long as you have an attitude that keeps you positively focused on what needs to be done, you’ll continue moving in the direction of your goal. That’s because, instead of focusing on what you can’t do, you’ll focus on what you can do, which creates positive, winning thoughts that help you succeed.
What You Reap You Sow
Look, your life is a result of the law of cause and effect. You are where you are today as a result of things you’ve done in the past. It’s that simple. Peak performers understand that by learning how to control your present thoughts you are able to control your future effects.
You reap what you sow. If you plant positive seeds in your mind today, you’ll receive a positive harvest in the future. The same goes for negative thoughts. What you need to remember is you can’t plant a negative crop and expect a positive harvest. The universe just doesn’t work that way.
Unlike unsuccessful people, peak performers understand that, in order to be successful, you need to positively visualize your goals and then take the action necessary to make them happen. Dwelling on the negatives of life only block your progress. This negativity simply wastes your time and energy instead of using it to achieve your goals.
Rehearsal is Key
You can’t wait to be in a negative situation and then hope that your positive attitude will magically appear. Peak performers understand that rehearsal is key. They train their minds to look for the good, now, in the present, so when the bad times come, as they always do, they are able to focus on what’s good and look for a solution.
Just like you can train your body for peak performance, you can train your brain for peak performance too. Read books that inspire you, listen to recordings of motivational speakers, watch inspirational videos. You can also do this through the practice of saying positive mantras or affirmations to yourself. You can find specifics on creating these in my book, “Secrets of the Black Belt Mindset”
Follow these tips and you’ll develop the type of positive mindset found in all peak performers, a mindset that constantly views problems not as a roadblock, but as simply something looking for a solution. One that your positive attitude will quickly find.
By developing a positive mindset you’ll set yourself up for a lifetime of success.
It’s that simple.
Wishing you only success!
About the author:
Wil Dieck is a writer, speaker, researcher, college professor and master martial arts instructor. He studies and teaches people from all walks of life how to use simple psychological techniques to develop high performance habits.
Wil’s most recent works includes the highly ranked Amazon Kindle book, Secrets of the Black Belt Mindset, Turing Simple Habits into Extraordinary Success and Modern Mindfulness, A Beginners Guide on How to Find Peace and Happiness in a Busy World.
In addition to his work as a researcher, writer, and speaker, Wil is a professor of psychology and business at San Diego University of Integrated Studies.
Wil runs a peak performance coaching practice in San Diego, California. Additionally, he regularly works with people who are suffering from stress and anxiety using meditation, hypnotherapy and NLP.