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You might be thinking, well, I did it once; Iíll do it again (attitude!). Or you might be thinking that you have a standard, that this is what you expect for yourself (more attitude!)
It is absolutely true, that you attitude determines results in your life. Norman Vincent Peale was famous for saying, "You are your most dominant thought!"
I remember thinking how can that be true. If that was true, when I was 16, why wasnít I a woman? I have always had point of view, donít give me philosophy. Iím looking for scientific proof.
Here is science that explains concept of manifestation; your most dominating thoughts become reality.
Every thought that we have is an electrical impulse that creates release of chemicals. These chemicals are real and can be measured. Our thoughts are real and can be measured. These chemicals have a charge and we do attract to ourselves what our dominating thoughts are.
This can be a blessing or a curse. For me, for most of my life, it was a curse. My most dominating thought was poverty!
I am only person in my family to ever graduate high school. I lived in a single parent household. My mother never graduated. My older brother got involved in drugs and never graduated. My younger sister also was involved in drugs and never graduated. I got lucky. I got involved with sports. I had a coach who held me accountable to setting goals and taking actions.
Yes, your attitude dictates quality of results in your life. This is very good news. What this means is that if we can figure out what attitudes are of elite performers, then we can take on those attitudes and we too, will enjoy elite performance. I only have one more question. Can we change our attitudes? The answer is yes and Iím living proof of it!
At one point in time I was forty pounds overweight, unable to maintain a relationship, and not making much money. Not a pretty sight! Much to my credit however, I didnít blame others. I took responsibility for my life. I needed help. I needed a mentor, a guide, someone who could steer me in right direction.
I found what I needed through scientific research. Thatís right, scientific research. The first thing I needed to do to change my life was to get mad. MAD stands for Make A Decision! Sometimes it takes a significant event in our lives for us to finally make a decision to change. Imagine you are in a car accident and no one is wearing seat belts. Your passenger dies. That is a significant event that will be catalyst for you to make a decision that for rest of your life everyone will always wear a seat belt in your car.
This reminds me of an old story. A man walks into a bar with his pet dog. The dog lies down in corner and man orders a lite beer (96 calories). After a few minutes dog starts wailing in pain. The bar tender says,
Thereís something wrong with your dog.
Together they walk over to dog and bar tender says,
Look, your dog is laying on a board that has a nail sticking up from it. Why doesnít he get up and move?
The dog owners reply, "I guess he isnít in enough pain to come up with energy to get up and move."
This leads to question, where are you not in enough pain to take action? The next question is what price do you pay because of it?
Are you ready for really good news? I am about to unlock secret of elite performance attitude. All you need to do is duplicate this attitude in your life and you will have elite performance. This means that you will perform to level you aspire to.
Here is elite performance attitude:
I realize that I have limitations and that I canít do it by myself. I am far better off as a part of a team and I must compensate for my limitations. I realize that I will resist doing activities that I donít feel comfortable doing, and that I will resist, fear and avoid change.
I must have an intervention. I must compensate for my human resistances.
How do elite performers compensate? They do this by presetting outcomes, in advance, with reinforcement and support. By Sunday evening, they have planned their time and predicted activities for next seven days. Then they designate difference between a promise and a goal. They make a list of specific activities that they commit to do over following seven days, and then they ask someone else to hold them accountable to take those actions. They place some type of a consequence on themselves if they donít take actions that they promised they would. This can be a fine, withholding of a reward, or a number of other accountability factors.
Try this this week. Commit one specific action to another person and put a fine on it if you donít complete activity. You will be using elite performance formula! Have a great week.
Bob Davies - speaker, author, trainer and coach. Bob is the author of two books and several audio and video cassette programs. He holds the highest certification of professional business coaches, Master Certified Coach. www.bobdavies.com 866-262-3284