Attitude vs. Aptitude

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There’s a growing consensus on the fact that our attitude and mindset are more important than our technical capability that make a difference to our success.

If our attitude is more important than our aptitude, how can we work on it?
What can we do that will make the difference?

There are four major differences between those entities (individuals, Teams or organizations) who have great success, and those who do not:

– Successful ones know what they want. They have clearly defined goals they want to reach and have a clear vision of their future.

– Successful ones are permanently looking for further personal and professional developments. They are conscious that their knowledge, technical skills, experience are only one part that contributes to their success and they are permanently seeking for ways to further learn and improve to stay at their best

– Successful ones consistently adopt a positive attitude. Whatever are the situations or obstacles they face, they always choose a positive way to looking at them – considering the glass as always half full.

– Successful ones persistently pursue their goals and won’t abandon in the middle of the way. To do so, they elaborate winning strategies which include not only one way to reach their goals, but also a plan B and C, just in case
In his book, “The Learning Organization” Peter Senge details the way he sees  organizations could constantly seek improvement. Having a clear definition of winning provides focus and clarity at the individual, team, and organizational levels. It gets everyone aligned and moving in the same direction. It motivates and inspires people to perform at their best. When as an individual, a team or an organization you know where you are going, what you need to do to get there, what is the timing, it becomes much easier to reach the destination.

To stay focused on your objectives, you also need to get clear on what you will not do so not to lose time, energy or attention on these things. You also need to identify and postpone, abandon all other projects and goals that do not any longer match with you main goal.

Self-coaching tool
– How to define your objectives:
– What are your (as an individual, team or organization) your top priorities?
– What are the 3 primary goals you want to achieve on short/mid and long term?
– Your objectives need to be clear, formulated in a positive manner, be realistic and reachable
– What is/are the aimed results?
– How will we know when we have won – as an individual, a team or an organization?
– What could be the inconveniences for you to reach these goals?
– Which obstacles may you meet on the way?
– Which resources (internal or external) will you need to reach your goal?
– What is your plan B and your plan C inn case plan A does not work?
– What is your timing? When will you have reached your objectives?

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