Attitude is Everything in 2013
By Gabe Evans
Here we are again, embarking on a new year is a new journey for many of us. 2012 has now come and gone and we are forced, whether prepared or not, to enter into 2013. For me personally, 2012 brought a whirlwind of change in my personal and professional life. Losing my mom to cancer in late 2011 meant many “firsts” for me last year. My first birthday, Mother’s Day and other holidays without her while still trying to be there for my dad as much as possible. These were challenges that I was not prepared for but somehow made it through. On the professional side, work opportunities brought my wife and me to Chattanooga, Tennessee. Catherine received an incredible opportunity with a local medical group in Chattanooga and I had the opportunity to open my own office for M Force. While these did bring about many sleepless nights it also meant a new house, new city to explore, new restaurants to try, and new friends to be made. Just as we felt like life had settled down a bit we realized it was Christmas and a new year was just around the corner…again.
Over the last holiday break I had the opportunity to re-live some of the moments, good and bad, of 2012. In doing so I came across a great quote from Charles Swindoll:
“The longer I live the more I realize the impact of my attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think, or say, or do. It is more important that appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company, a church, a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past….we cannot chance the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is attitude. I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it. And so it is with you….we are in charge of our attitudes.”
This simple idea, something that has been quoted in the sports and business world for years, suddenly made more sense to me than ever before. As much as we may want we cannot control every aspect of our life. Things, good and bad, will happen to us in 2013 just as they did in 2012. The difference, however, is the attitude you now take towards the challenges, the awards, and even the outcomes. Imagine the difference we would make in our work lives if we change our attitudes. Instead of getting mad at our bosses or fellow coworkers and turning to Facebook to vent, let’s spend that time worker harder to make sure we do the best we possibly can with everything placed on our plate. Instead of taking advantage of the freedoms we are given in our offices by taking a little longer on lunch and a few extra breaks during the day let’s lead by example of doing things the right way all the time. And instead of joining in the water fountain gripe session daily, what if we tried to come into work with a positive attitude and spent our gripe time to fix the problems we are complaining about. After all, at least we have a job to complain about, right?
Our attitude truly is the only thing we are in charge of , yet it can be the hardest thing of all for us to control. This year can be the best that you have experienced, both personally and professionally. As we start this new year with the good and bad surrounding us in all aspects of our life, I challenge you to read, and maybe re-read, the words of Swindoll and try putting them to use for one week. See if this impacts your life as much as it has mine. See if your employees, employers, and even your family notice a difference. Just give it one full week and see what a change in attitude can do for you. And hey, if it doesn’t work you have 51 more weeks to try something different!
Here’s to wishing you, your companies and your families a blessed 2013 with a fresh attitude and outlook!
Chattanooga Account Manager