Changing Behavior to Influence Attitudes


Robin Noah


Author: Robin Noah

Executive Coaches of Orange County

Spring has sprung, The grass has riz

Wonder where the Business is   

I recently saw this in a web site and smiled.  I thought that even in tough times we can smile and get the endorphin levels to rise.  It brought to mind one  of my favorite subject’s – “Attitudes”.                                                                

In brief attitude is a response, a perspective or viewpoint that promotes how you look at the world and yourself.                   

In my “© Consulting as a Business” workshop I talk about the fact that if you know your position you can change the condition.  It isn’t only looking at the glass of water as half full – it is also seeing that the lemon we often add to the drink is not to make it sour – it is as an enhancement to the drink.  How do you view it?  It is all about attitude and I believe that we can change behavior to influence attitudes.

You influence how others respond to you. If you act grumpy you put up a shield, if you act negative you turn people off; however the greatest effect is that you continue to experience dissatisfaction and the notion that “nothing works out right for me”.  

Thomas Jefferson in his writings wrote that nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal and that nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.  The latter just brings us a lot of grief and disappointment.  I am living proof of that.  In my early career my attitude was on the negative side resulting in some not so nice situations. I quickly learned that it was I that had to change, not the other people I became involved with. As one poet wrote, “There is a choice you have to make, in everything you do… And you must always keep in mind, the choice you make, makes you!”

So if you want to make a change for better outcomes in your life here are a few tips to get started:

  1. Look at setbacks as opportunities
  2. It is not IF – it is When
  3. A “should” is an opportunity to improve 
  4. Practice the 4 D’s – Desire, Discipline, Determination, and Dedication.