If you watch sports, you’ll notice a lot of commentators talk about an athlete’s ‘intangibles’. Essentially what they mean by this is that they have benefits on the playing field beyond their observable skill set. These attributes would include mental toughness, performance under pressure and leadership. The idea here is that there is some ‘it’ factor that drives this person’s success. Whether you buy into this idea or not, I can tell you that your attitude in business can be your biggest asset or your greatest weakness. If you spend your time blaming circumstance for your lack of success, you’ll continue on that path. On the other hand, if you have a winning attitude and continue to believe in yourself and your abilities, you’ll find a way to make it work. You can start winning at photography.
Attitude Causes Action
Attitude is the leading indicator of action in most people — and action is the name of the game. If you believe your actions will lead to a successful outcome, you’re more likely to do what’s necessary to winning at photography. If you truly believe your never going to reach your goals, you’re more likely to waste your time and perpetuate mediocrity.
In addition to the impact your attitude has on your own actions, your attitude will also have a vast impact on the productivity of your team. A positive attitude and work ethic will inspire the people you depend on to accomplish your goals. Don’t kid yourself, everyone in business has people they depend on to get things done. If you want to be skeptical about that statement, lets bring this point closer to home — your clients are keenly aware of your attitude. If your attitude is poor, you’re not going to grow your clientele. On the other hand, when you give your client an extraordinary experience — a winning experience — that is contagious and they will want to spread the word.
3 Tips to Improve Your Attitude
1. Decide today that you are going start winning in photography.
This may seem too simple, but you absolutely need to do this right now. If you are not willing to believe that you will win in business, nothing else you do will matter. If you are skeptical, you’ll need to take a leap of faith, but you have to experiment with this idea or you’ll never meet your business goals.
2. Place fortune cookies in your life
This one might seem strange, but stay with me. I’ve always liked fortune cookies, even though the stuff inside them can be really cheesy. Notwithstanding, the great thing about a fortune cookie is that it always has something positive inside — something you can feel good about and make your day better. So I’m using a fortune cookie as a template. Place things in your day that keep the fight in you. My wife hangs positive sticky notes on the mirrors and doors in our house because that’s where she spends the most time. I tend to embed things into my various passwords since I type them so many times in a day. There are lots of ways we can remind ourselves that we are winners and the more the better.
3. Pile up small wins
In order to maintain a winning attitude, you need to start accumulating some successes. This is a lot easier than it sounds. Each day you should have a list of goals and deadlines. Every time you check one off you put it in the W column and you’re closer to your bigger goals. Most people don’t realize the amount there is to do in a day. Holding yourself accountable keeps you moving in the right direction. It’s also evidence that you’re winning!
photo credit: Ryan McGuire