"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." - W.C. Fields
When you hear the word "Attitude," you probably think about teenagers. I know that I have had more than a few conversations with my teenagers about their attitudes. Somehow they take a lot of heat for having attitudes, and maybe rightfully so for some. The Miriam-Webster Dictionary definition of "attitude" is: "a position assumed for a specific purpose, a mental position with regard to a fact or state, a feeling or emotion toward a fact or state." This final definition is, however, my favorite - a bodily state of readiness to respond in a characteristic way to a stimulus (such as an object, concept, or situation). I love this definition because it implies we have a choice to take action regarding attitude. It isn't just something within us.
“Positive Attitude” is BNI Core Value #5. I can confidently say that I saw this core value exemplified exceptionally by many of our leadership in March and April of 2020 at the inception of our experience with the COVID-19 pandemic. I am so proud to say that our leadership in the Heartland handled this situation extremely well with composure and professionalism. The positive attitude that they displayed not only got their chapters through these unprecedented times, but also, quite possibly unknowingly, is leading BNI nationally and internationally on a path toward a new era. It is these leaders who are setting the bar for the future of BNI. I have never been more proud to be part of such an innovative organization, nor have I ever been more honored to be in the company of so many strong, resilient leaders and members. People who not only stand to keep our businesses and communities stable and steadfast, but who are fighting the good fight to be a part of something so much bigger than themselves. Bringing strength, unity, and success to our members, chapters, and region should not only be our focus but should be our intentional goal to combat the situation the world finds itself in. The very first step in achieving that is our attitude! Colin Powell said: “If you are going to achieve excellence in big things, you develop the habit in little matters. Excellence is not an exception, it is a prevailing attitude.”
Today I challenge you to make a difference by embracing and demonstrating our Core Value of Positive Attitude.
“Your attitude, not your aptitude, will determine your altitude.” - Zig Ziglar