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Attitude and Outlook
Accept What Can't Be Changed and Change What Can Be
Accepting responsibility for choices starts with understanding where our choices lie. We may not choose what happens to us, but we do choose how to respond – or not.
Avoiding Pity City and the Victimitis Virus
Stay out of a rut. Don't live on the Planet of the Aches, playing the blame game, or embracing our victim role.
Breaking Out of Our Mental Prisons
Self-imposed mental wheelchairs hold so many people back from being highly effective leaders. Change what happens in our head, and the universe changes.
Choice More than Chance Determines Our Circumstance
Dwelling on our problems rather than our possibilities comes all too naturally. Too often we choose to curse the darkness rather than light a candle.
Choosing Our Poison or Choosing to Let Go
Holding on to destructive emotions is slow suicide. For our own health and happiness, we must exercise our choice to let go.
Choosing Our Reality
Am I an optimist or pessimist? Which view is reality? Since we see the world as we are, either view becomes our reality. We choose our outlook.
Control Your Own Destiny
Although we cannot control every circumstance, we can control how we deal with the uncontrollable. Amid confusion, we must learn to recognize what can be changed and have the courage to change it.
Growing with Change
Grow with change by focusing on a vision, choosing your outlook, seeking authenticity, committing yourself with discipline, and continue to grow and develop.
If It's Going to Be It's Up to Me
Life is an endless series of choices. Happy and successful people take responsibility for choices as well as consequences for their actions.
Just Go and Do It
Don't wait – initiate! Leaders don't wait for something to happen or someone to tell them what to do.
Leaders are Learned Optimists
Optimists excite and arouse others to action by helping them see, believe in, and reach for what could be. To become effective leaders — to see beyond what is to what could be — we need to become "learned optimists."
Leaders are Made, not Born
Effective leaders are made, not born. If we are not working hard to continually improve our leadership skills because we weren't "born with natural talent" then we are either copping out, misinformed, or both.
Leaders Control Their Own Destiny
Leaders refuse to let fate or others control their destiny. Leaders take responsibility for their choices. Such strong leaders remind us that failure is an event, not a person. To fail to attempt is far worse than to attempt and fail.
Leaders Inspire Their Teams With Optimism
Optimistic, enthusiastic leaders more easily retain top people, compared with those bosses who tend toward negative moods. When the leader is in a happy mood, the people around him or her view everything in a more positive light.
Leaders Make it Happen
Leaders act on the belief that choice more than chance determines our circumstance. Leaders don't wait for something to happen, they make it happen.
Leaders Take Responsibility for Their Choices
It's natural to strike out at someone or something that seems to be causing us problems. Instead of tackling the problem, poorly led teams devote their energies to allocating blame and avoiding responsibility.
Life Accumulates in Our Personal Choice Accounts
Now is the time to prepare for our next harvest. We can't wait until harvest time to plant the seeds. We can't strike a bargain to plant seeds once we see whether the harvest is worth the effort. Our choices accumulate in our personal choice accounts. We're accumulating deficits or surpluses with each decision we make.
Navigating Change and Adversity
'Embrace change' is a useless platitude. We often don't choose the difficulties or negative changes that spring upon us. But we always choose how we respond with these 'how-to' steps for staying above the line.
Our Attitude More Than Our Aptitude Determines Our Altitude
A well researched book,
, brings together the scientific proof that it's our attitude more than our aptitude that determines our altitude.
Our Fate is in Our Own Hands
Rarely do most people examine their own assumptions, beliefs, skills, behaviors, and learning levels to see how they created their own circumstances. There are many circumstances we can't control — but we can control how we deal with the uncontrollable.
Seeing the World as We Are
Whether you think the world is full of richness and opportunity or garbage and despair – you are right because that is your point of focus.
Stop Whining and Start Leading
Less effective managers aspire to lead but end up demoralizing their own teams and frustrating themselves by choosing to be disempowered by their bosses. They unwittingly fall for the cult of heroic management — the notion that leadership comes down from on high.
The Choice is Ours
Do not succumb to the highly contagious Victimitis Virus. If we want to change where we'll be tomorrow, we'll have to make different choices today.
Thermometer Manager or Thermostat Leader?
Thermostat leaders believe they can make a difference, they work to define and create what could be rather than just reflecting what is. Thermometer managers put the blame on their circumstances for poor results.
When Choosing Our Thoughts We Choose Our Future
The beginning point of all our choices is our own thoughts. This is our personal source code that we execute or translate into action. Our thoughts set our programming instructions. Taking responsibility for our choices starts with choosing our thoughts.
Management versus Leadership
Vision, Values, and Purpose
Goals and Priorities
Systems and Structure
Measurement and Feedback
Education and Communication
Innovation and Organizational Learning
Training and Development
Recognition, Appreciation, and Celebration
Personal Vision, Values, and Purpose
Attitude and Outlook
Personal Integrity and Values Alignment
Passion, Commitment, and Self-Discipline
Deepening Spirit, Meaning, and Purpose
Personal Growth and Continuous Improvement
Communicating, Motivating, and Influencing
Building Team Vision, Values, and Purpose
Serving, Influencing, and Leading Upward
Fostering Openness and Transparency
Employee Engagement and Empowerment
Building Team Spirit
Coaching and Developing
Removing Obstacles & Energy Drains