August 26, 2019
There are three simple things that we can all do to make life better … or at least easier. When it comes to behavior, you can absolutely control these things 100 percent. You don’t need anybody’s permission to know this or to follow it. You can always work to get better at these things too. Nobody can stop you from doing three A’s.
What are those three A’s?
Attitude, Aptitude and Actions.
Disappointed that I didn’t just lay out some magic formula?
I actually did, but most people can’t break things down to the simplest things because they are focused on too much other stuff or “noise” that is outside of their control. Why in the world would you waste time on stuff that doesn’t matter, that you can’t control or that doesn’t make you better or help you improve?
Your attitude is where it all begins. If you can show up, you are already ahead of a lot of people. If you show up early or at least on time, then you are in front of even more people. There are about 330 million people in America, and it would shock you how many people fail to even show up when they are supposed to show up. How can you get anything done if you fail to show up? Be the person that shows up.
Part two of that attitude is being positive. Your body language and facial expressions matter almost as much as showing up. Show up, smile and be positive! That’s the first simple things you can do that is totally in your control. Nobody can stop you from doing those things.
Why is aptitude so important? A simple definition of the word means your ability to do something. We are all good at different things, even if we don’t understand why we possess these talents or skills. Do you know a skillset you have that separates you from other people in a good way? These skills can tell you where you should spend more of your time. Aptitude also deals with your ability to solve problems and analyze situations socially and professionally. We all have experiences we have learned along the journey of life that help us moving forward. Your aptitude helps you with your decision-making power, develop your logical and analytical thinking and make you a better person in general. The higher your aptitude level, the more you can predict what will happen next in any situation you face in life.
In terms of work, aptitude could boil down to doing a task. If you have mastered the skill of completing the task, then you will probably be better at it than a person who hasn’t had as much practice as you.
SECRET TIP: Here’s something to remember when it comes to attitude and aptitude. If your attitude is low or bad then it will bring your aptitude down as well. If your attitude is great or high, then your aptitude should be better and higher too. Why does this matter? It matters because that leads to you taking action faster, which is the third “A” that I want to talk about with you.
People take action when their belief level is high. Can you change your expectations of yourself? If you can do that and get better results, then other people will change too. If that starts happening, watch out! Your results are about to blow your mind. If you have a team and this starts happening, you can take the lid off what is keeping you where you are and move closer to where you want to be. You can change expectations for the better when it comes to the atmosphere around you, your relationships, etc.
When you are working with people, it is important to remember that most people are not going to do something for you if they think you haven’t done it previously. I try not to ask people to do anything I’ve never done. I also don’t ask people to do something I don’t think they can do. Now, I have a strong belief in people until I have a reason not to believe in them. I have high expectations of people because I have a strong belief in the potential of all people.
If you can set the bar for people around you, they will know what the expectation level is for their performance. If you keep raising the bar, my guess is they will achieve more than if you had no expectations.
“If you can set the bar for people around you, they will know what the expectation level is for their performance. If you keep raising the bar, my guess is they will achieve more than if you had no expectations.”
Think about the following question. Does it make you madder when you pour into a person and they fail because they were just not a good fit, or when you pour into a person that is capable, but they stop, quit and, ultimately, fail?
This is the classic scenario of dealing with people who can but, for whatever reason, chose not to get stuff done. It drives me nuts when a person with all the talent in the world fails to take action. Often, these people will come up with an extensive list of excuses too. I hate seeing talent wasted.
I encourage you to be the example for other people to follow. If they don’t follow your lead, find people that will take action. Beyond offering an example to others, show people an opportunity and see if they take advantage of what you have shown them.
When you can operate with a positive attitude, exhibit a strong aptitude in what you do and find ways to keep taking action; you will start seeing great results. If you can keep practicing these three items in tandem, big things are going to happen for you. Once you are doing that well, the goal is to help others around you do the same. That’s when your life can get crazy good. You will start making things happen that you really never thought would be possible.
If you find yourself falling short in these areas, find ways to trick yourself into getting back on track. One thing you can do at the end of each day is grade yourself from 1 to 5 on how you did in each of the three areas that day. If you score yourself below a four, make a note of why you fell short. If you were a 4 or 5 in one of those areas, make a note of why you were good that day. Think about how you can score at least a 4 in each category the following day. Keep doing this until it becomes a habit and you no longer need to write it down daily.
I hope this blog helped you. I want to encourage you to work to get better in terms of your attitude, aptitude and ability to take action. It all matters, and I believe we can all improve in those three areas if we are aware of how we spend our days.