There is something I would like to ask you: Is having a bit of an attitude a bad thing? Now let’s be clear on the sort of attitude we are talking about here. I’m not talking about the sort of attitude that treats people badly, is rude or offensive

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It’s Time To Unleash Some Serious Attitude

It's time to unleash some serious attitude

My son demonstrating attitude

Is having a bit of an attitude a bad thing?

Now let’s be clear on the sort of attitude we are talking about here.

I’m not talking about the sort of attitude that treats people badly, is rude or offensive.

I’m talking about the sort of attitude that sends out messages like

“I’m in control of my life and I’m going places”.

The sort of attitude that says “nothing’s getting in the way of what is most important to me, my family life and relationships”.

The sort of attitude that smacks of “nothing bad is happening on my watch”.

I’ll tell you why this subject has been on my mind:

There seems to be a huge epidemic of passiveness going on.

Passiveness that means that people are sitting back and doing nothing despite not feeling fulfilled or happy with certain areas of their life and business.

Why?

Well, I guess there are different contributing reasons for different people. Sometimes it is very complex sometimes it’s as simple as just being stuck in a rut.

But what I do see and hear going on quite a lot, is this sort of attitude:

“it’s just the way things are”

“there is nothing I can do about it, it’s the banks/government/spouse/dog’s fault” (delete as appropriate!)

They are key symptoms of the passiveness epidemic.

But what it boils down to is not taking personal responsibility for your own life.

If you have been allowing yourself to be a victim of the passiveness epidemic it might be time to take yourself aside and give yourself a bit of a talking to.

This is YOUR life. What are you waiting for?

Sitting back passively accepting crap, blaming others and waiting for someone else to sort the mess out just isn’t going to cut it.

Now, there is no magic pill or simple solution to this. But I do have a suggestion as a good starting point:

It’s time to unleash some serious attitude

Attitude that will support you in breaking free of the passiveness that is keeping you trapped, settling for less. An attitude that says “this is my life, my business, my family and I am taking 100% responsibility for what’s going on in it”.

Remember that attitude you had as a kid that your parents told you to put away? Not the rude one. The one that gave you the edge.

The one that said “hey, I can do anything”. Well it’s time to get it out, polish it up and unleash it. It’s time has come.

Eradicate the passiveness. Eradicate mediocrity. Create an attitude to help relight the fire in your belly and the passion to grab your business and life by the scruff of the neck and make it into what you really want it to be.

Do you agree that having a bit of an attitude can give you the edge or do you think having an attitude is always a bad thing?

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  • A bit of an attitude in a positive way is definitely a good thing. I think that sometimes we can get very gradually worn down by events and not realise we are becoming passive. Then something happens to jolt us out of the rut and we decide we are jolly well going to make some changes. The catalyst is different for everyone, but has to come from inside. Until you’re ready, nothing will change.

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  • I think that is so true Judy. Often people aren’t able to see how they have allowed things to impact on them. I always say to clients the first step to any change is awareness. So if they are not happy with something, whether that is in their business, family life or lifestyle, they need to be willing to see how they have created they own reality. As you point out, you have to want to be aware and own your own contribution before anything will change.
    I think this quote by Stephen Covey makes a great point on the subject:

    “Our ultimate freedom is the right and power to decide how anybody or anything outside ourselves will affect us” – Stephen Covey

  • Tracey Corcoran

    I agree Ali, the but is that many people don’t like a person with attitude, even when it is positive.
    I made a hard decision recently to confront some practices I did not like, in a positive way, suggesting how improvements could be implemented. Whilst nearly all my suggestions have been taken on board by the organisation in question, I personally have been ignore and excluded. Its a good job I dont mind not winning a popularity contest!

  • Tracey, that is a really important point – not to take personally the responses/reactions of others to our positive attitude. As long as our “attitude” comes from a place of integrity, values and is true to who we are, it is important not to take personally how others react to that.
    I admire you standing up and addressing practices that didn’t sit right for you. It is easier to run with the crowd than stand up and be counted.