To reach your goals in life—especially landing your first job in sports—you have to start with the right attitude. (Read: a positive attitude.) Your attitude will affect everything you do moving forward. This might strike you as standard-issue pep-talk language, but I’ll show you how and why it can genuinely set you apart from your competitors.
Paul J. Meyer, the No. 1-selling author of personal-development materials in the world (More than $2.5 billion, according to Success Magazine) says that success in life is not some magic formula. It’s about having the right attitude.
(Side note: I have to confess, I’ve never heard of Meyer until I read the article. It’s hard to believe any ‘one person’ can sell $2.5 billion worth of personal development materials. But I trust Darren Hardy @DarrenHardy and the editors at Success Magazine.)
Meyer says, “Don’t look to your weakness; look to your strength. Don’t look to your problems; look to your power.”
This is great advice for launching a sports career! However, the ability to ignore your weakness and your problems, while focusing on your strengths and your power, requires a concentrated focus with a positive attitude.
Why You Need a Positive Attitude
The reason you want a positive attitude is simple: it will help you break into the business. Yes, it’s pretty obvious if you’re a jackass, or a complainer, or just a negative person all the way around, you’re not going to win the interview game. As a result, the door will slam in your face. However, what’s not obvious (to some), is that your attitude — in many cases — is the deciding factor in whether or not you get hired.
During the interview process, while you’re being analyzed inside and out, employers are looking for more than just your ability to do the job at a high level. The reality is, everyone in the running is a strong candidate and can all do the job very well.
The people who win jobs are not always the smartest. Or the most creative. Or even the best-looking. The majority of the people who get job offers are those with a winning attitude.
How to Get a Positive Attitude
Don’t confuse “positive attitude” with sappy, over-the-top, fake-smile back-slapping. Those people scare me. Positive attitude is more like swagger. It’s humble confidence meets winning mindset.
Positive attitude is not something you turn on before you go into an interview, either. That’s fake. And obvious. Positive attitude comes from within. It’s part of who you are. I believe attitude is a choice. But I also know keeping a good attitude can be tough, especially in this fast-pace, high-stress world we live in.
Below is an exercise that will be good for all of us. Whether you’re at the top of your game, or you’re struggling to keep your head above water, take time TODAY and count your blessings! This exercise has been proven through the ages to put the focus where it needs to be: on your strengths, not your problems.
EXERCISE: Make a Top 10 List of Things You’re Thankful For