Launch 2014 Prepared for Success: It’s All about Attitude
Blogger: Mary Keeley
The 2014 winter Olympics begins in five weeks. Athletes have overcome all sorts of competitive odds to land them a trip to Sochi, Russia for their ultimate chance to win a medal. Winners will be determined by milliseconds and hundredths of points. At that level the game is all about mental endurance based on attitude.
Close your eyes and imagine yourself beginning the year in training for the next levels in your writing Olympics. If that thought brings anything but a smile to your face and exhilaration to your spirit, the first area of training to tackle is your attitude. A positive attitude affects everything else. Businessman, philanthropist, and author, W. Clement Stone, had this to say:
This isn’t some new revelation. We’ve all seen posters titled “Attitude” with inspiring images like the climber at the top of the mountain peak. However, what those posters don’t show are the grueling increments of endurance involved on the way to the top. This is what I want to address today. Check out this quote by pastor, author, and radio personality, Chuck Swindoll:
“The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude to me is more important than facts…. We cannot change our past…we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the string we have, and that is our attitude. I am convinced that life is 10 percent what happens to me and 90 percent how I react to it. And so it is with you… we are in charge of our attitudes.”
And this comment by comedian, actor, and writer, W. C. Fields:
“Attitude is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than what people do or say. It is more important than appearance, giftedness, or skill.”
Here are some traits of a positive attitude in writers:
· Humility. At first glance, this may seem like an odd trait to begin with, but it’s really the foundation. Gratefulness to God for gifting you with the ability and passion to write for his glory, combined with your recognition that he is in charge of timing and your outcomes for his purposes frees you for…
· A joyful heart. Celebrate every small achievement in your craft. Be willing to help other writers, and be truly happy for other authors’ successes. The first two traits create an environment conducive for gaining…
· Confidence. “Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need” (Hebrews 4:16). Your sense of assurance is in God. You are in charge of setting…
· Reachable goals for improvement. It’s inspiring to keep your ultimate dream in front of you. The image of the climber at the top of the mountain or the athlete on the winner’s platform receiving the gold medal…or the author with a brand new contract. But I’m focusing today on the incremental steps of endurance toward making that dream a reality. Like pitons that help the climber advance up the mountain, reachable goals within a determined time frame will keep you moving forward and reinforce a positive attitude through tangible evidence of your progress.
Approach 2014 prayerfully. And as you watch the Olympics next month, I encourage you to study the athletes’ determination and resolve. Let their images be a reminder to you throughout the year. Whether you are at the beginning of your publishing journey, trying to overcome poor sales to gain the next contract, or at the top of your game, attitude always matters. Coach Lou Holtz once said:
“Ability is what you’re capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.”
Can you identify additional traits that contribute to a winning attitude? What positive actions do you take when you feel your endurance slipping? What erodes your positive attitude that you need to guard against?
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