14 October 2014 0 Comments

Leadership Part 5

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Moving on in this discussion of leadership to the second trait:  Positive Attitude.

Golden Retrievers are wonderful creatures.  They are great tail waggers.  It doesn’t matter how bad their day might have been.  You may have left them alone all day.  Maybe you forgot to feed them before you went out for the night.  Perhaps you just gave them hell for chewing up your new shoes.  Maybe you feel lousy, so you just didn’t say good morning to them.

Positive Attitude (Or, How to Wag Your Tail)

It doesn’t matter; Golden Retrievers always wag their tail at you—and—smile in a doggy smile only possible from a dog. That’s the nature of dogs.  They are always happy.  What a great way to go through life! Wag! Wag! Wag!

Leaders of the world—the human ones—also wag a lot because they have a way of looking at things in a positive light.  Positive attitude is a trait shared by most great leaders of history.

There are two types of positive attitude that I’ll address.  One is a positive attitude you have about yourself and the other is a positive attitude about your surrounding circumstances.

Having a positive attitude about yourself is a prerequisite before anyone will consider you as a leader.  If you don’t have—and exhibit—a belief in yourself, no one else will believe in you.  This must be the starting point!

No Excuses

“No Excuses” is the title of a book written by Kyle Maynard.  It is also his personal mantra, since it is autobiographical.  Kyle was born in 1986.  Determined to succeed as an athlete, Kyle became one of the top high school wrestlers in the state of Georgia.  In 2005, he broke the world record in the modified bench press by lifting 360 pounds, three times his body weight.

What’s the big deal?  Many other young men have accomplished as much or more.  Here’s the big deal.  Kyle Maynard was born with a rare disorder called congenital amputation.  He has no forearms, shortened legs and stands only four feet tall.  And yet, he is totally self sufficient with one of the most positive attitudes you’ll ever read about.

If you are feeling sorry for yourself—if you want to be inspired—read his book.  Here’s just one short quote, “To live with ‘No Excuses’ means to take a robust, rugged individualistic attitude toward life’s problems; it’s about freedom and responsibility; it’s about hard work and hard choices; it’s about self reliance that is joined naturally with family, friends, community and faith.   No Excuses is about America….”

So…what’s your excuse?

If it’s clinical depression then see a doctor and get the care required to help you.  If it’s not; if it’s just because you’ve had a bad hand dealt to you, then—get over it!  Seek psychoanalysis if that is required.  No one else wants to hear about your troubles.  What they do want to hear about is how you have overcome any adversity to rise to the top; to make it despite the odds.  That’s the type of news that people are interested in hearing!

If you really have had crap dealt to you, then figure out what you’ve learned from adversity.  By overcoming your misfortunes you will have much more to offer than any one who has not had your growing experience.

As I continue, it’s feeling good about yourself.

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