We’ve all heard the phrase “Attitude is everything”. Leo Tolstoy once said, “We lost, because we told ourselves we lost”. Key phrase being “because we told ourselves” . w Is it your skills or your attitude that get you hired? Is it your skills or your attitude that needs to be updated?
Finding another cow
Unfortunately, like Tolstoy’s quote, many people begin their job search discouraged, bitter, and angry about their employment situation. They’re defeated and unable or unwilling to move on. Negative attitudes begin deep within the soul surfacing and influencing everything and everyone in its path of ooze, eventually affecting your ability to find a job. Most people would like to believe that their skills and achievements alone will get them that next position, but that’s not the case. Attitude is everything!
While researching this month’s newsletter, I pulled out my big book of quotes and looked up “attitude”. I found a lot of wordy and pious quotes. But the one that struck me is quite simple. “Instead of crying over spilt milk, go milk another cow”. Wow! Erna Asp sure had the right attitude and I bet her pail was large enough to reap the rewards!
Go milk another cow. Believe it or not, there are other cows in the pasture! And sometimes, the cream is a lot sweeter from the new cow! How big is your pail? Just enough to get a few drops or large enough to recover what you lost and then some? You know what? It’s all in your attitude.
Here’s Some “Cheese” to go With Your Milk!
Dr. Spencer Johnson, who wrote the book the One Minute Manager, has written another book entitled Who Moved My Cheese? If you have not read this quick read, I highly recommend that you do! Although it was published in 1998, it is still relevant in today’s life circumstances, including employment change.
In the book we meet Sniff, Scurry,(two mice) Hem, and Haw (two little men) who see and read “The Handwriting on the Wall” which are reminders of how we can choose (remember: attitude) to respond to change. These powerful messages are:
Change Happens: They keep moving the cheese.
Enjoy Change: Savor the adventure and the taste of new cheese!
Anticipate Change: Get ready for the cheese to move.
Monitor Change: Smell the cheese often so you know when it is getting old.
Adapt to Change Quickly: The quicker you let go of old cheese, the sooner you can enjoy new cheese.
Change: Move with the cheese.
Be Ready to Quickly Change Again and Again: They keep moving the cheese.
Change is sometimes hard, but with anticipation and the right attitude, it can be a grand adventure. If you’re faced with a career change and need guidance with your future course, we’re here to help!
As a nationally Credentialed Career Manager, Coach Kevin Tucker has been partnering with individuals like you for the last 25 years. Through the military, as a minister, a human resources executive, and finally as a career and life transition coach; he has continually been able to help motivated individuals find their calling in life! Check out more at www.CoachKevinTucker.com.