I love Henry Ford’s quote “Whether you think you can or whether you think you can’t, you’re right” and the problem is most of us learn during our formative years that failure is something to shy away from hence “The greatest barrier to success is the fear of failure.” Sven Goran Eriksson. It is key that we become more positive in our outlook and start believing “I can if,” and not “I can’t because,” when faced with struggles or doubt. Many average businesses fear failure whilst the great ones I know pursue success.
However, sometimes it isn’t enough to be the only one who believes in you – positive people make positive things happen they inspire each other to greatness. Collective positive thinking produces a self generating power that lifts group performance way beyond the expectation of any individual involved. Attitude is infectious and attitude drives behaviour “The success of a journey often depends more on who you are with than where you are going.” feel the power by surrounding yourself with “I can if” people rather than I can’t because people .
Key to this is how an organisation deals with failure, if a blame culture exists and failure is stigmatised real lessons are never learned and real progress never made. Failure is always a pre-cursor to success. Just think of the great inventions and the number of false dawns that are learned from.
Powerful groups have always existed the book of Ecclesiastis states, “Though one person may be overpowered by another, two people can resist one opponent. A triple-braided rope is not easily broken.” and the ancient Greek philosopher Epictetus said, “The key is to keep company only with people who uplift you, whose presence calls forth your best.”
Some of the most successful organisations I work with recruit solely on attitude or happiness, they employ just positive people and inspire each other to greatness. Timpsons is one example of such an organisation that in its recruiting truly looks just at attitude because skills can be taught and learned; a positive disposition cannot be induced in any college. Your attitude is your own, make sure you take advantage of its power. “Every relationship in your organization will affect you one way or another. Those who do not increase you will inevitably decrease you?” John Maxwell
Successful modern leaders need to be positive in their outlook to influence and inspire those they lead.