To say we watch a lot of sports at our house is an understatement. It often seems to me that if the show does not include someone in a black and white striped shirt with a whistle, we don’t watch it.
While listening to this weekend’s golf tournament, I heard the announcer talk about a golfer and how this golfer’s attitude coach had really helped the golfer to overcome a recent tournament loss.
Hmmm, I thought. An attitude coach? A swing coach? A business coach? They probably have a putting coach, too. It sounds to me like the sports world is more in tune with the benefits of business coaching than the business world.
In reality, the professional athletes are businesses worth millions of dollars. Their investors – from sponsors to managers – have a vested interest in seeing the athlete be in top mental condition for the match, whatever it is.
What happened to business? If business is smart enough to insist on coaches for athletes, why isn’t business smart enough to insist on coaches for the people working for the business?
Do you know what a disengaged employee costs you? You should. It would scare you. I recently facilitated a group on Customer Loyalty in a Social Media World, and we walked through the numbers. The class participants were amazed at how much money they were wasting on disengaged employees who had bad attitudes.
So here’s where the rubber meets the road. How much is your attitude hurting your business? Here is a quick quiz you can use to test yours.
Please answer yes or no for each question. As you will see, every no represents an opportunity to change your attitude.
1. Is my current mood free from any negative experience from the past? Yes ( ) No ( )
2. Is my current mood hopeful and optimistic in anticipation of the future? Yes ( ) No ( )
3. Do I currently feel that I am in control of my life? Yes ( ) No ( )
4. Do I feel that the problems I am currently facing are really stimulating challenges? Yes ( ) No ( )
5. Do I feel free from self-abuse, such as overeating, drinking, or using drugs? Yes ( ) No ( )
6. Do I currently pursue a realistic and challenging goal? Yes ( ) No ( )
7. Am I committed to an ongoing exercise program? Yes ( ) No ( )
8. Are my family relationships a source of love, pride, and support? Yes ( ) No ( )
9. Do I consider myself a success? Yes ( ) No ( )
10. Are my thoughts stimulated by positive people, books, videos, and personal role models? Yes ( ) No ( )
11. Do I seek out challenges that are in line with my present potential? Yes ( ) No ( )
12. Do I automatically look for the positive in every situation? Yes ( ) No ( )
Rating scale: 10-12 yes answers: Congratulations! Your positive attitude is helping you win. 6-9 yes answers: Several negative attitudes are inhibiting your performance. Begin your personal attitude-improvement program by talking with us. 5 or fewer yes answers: Reach out to us today to get your attitude on track for the success you are ready to realize.
What are you waiting for?