Steps to Management Success – Step 80: If You Think You’ll Fail, You Probably Will

Written By Rick Frishman Published April 2nd, 2010


If You Think You’ll Fail, You Probably Will

Abraham Lincoln once said, “Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re probably right.” Well, he was probably right. Your attitude can greatly determine your altitude (how far you will go), so make sure that you’re not holding yourself back by the constraints of your own mind.

WHAT IT MEANS: Your attitude and interior monologue (self-talk) can help you succeed or persuade you to feel like a miserable, incompetent, and unworthy loser—but guess what? You can change the tape. Positive thinking may not change the world, but it can change your world. You don’t have to be a mystic or a mental marshmallow to do this—just take a closer look at what you’re telling yourself . . . and be more aware of the toxic “life sucks” attitude that might be emanating from your coworkers, because people like that have it exactly backward: negative attitudes have a way of sucking the life out of any endeavor.

ACTION PLAN: Examine your own attitudes and self-talk. Are you generally a positive, pleasant person, or are you more fearful, resentful, or cynical? Are there any attitudes that you feel may be getting in the way of your personal or professional fulfillment? Make it a priority to reprogram your “inner tapes” and to bring more optimism into your life. What will it take to do that?

EVEN BETTER: Workplaces can be quite negative too—but you don’t have to add to the mess. Instead, resolve to deal with abusive people and other emotional black holes more adroitly—by not getting so ensnared in their drama, by setting boundaries, and by being more assertive. As a manager or boss, you can also send the signal that such negativity is about as welcome in your workplace as cigarette smoke—because it can be even more hazardous to a healthy office environment.

(Excerpted from: 10 Clowns Don’t Make a Circus. . . and 249 Other Critical Management Success Strategies by Steven Schragis and Rick Frishman)

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