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Guts, Glory and Posture?

Using your Body Language and Posture to Create a Winning Attitude

Guts Glory and Posture?

Listen to this week’s Mental Toughness segment on Out of Bounds with Qualk & Dutch.  Andrew talks about a strategy to create a winning attitude by manipulating your posture, body language and demeanor.

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN – OUT of BOUNDS with Qualk & Dutch on WCCP 105.5 The ROAR

The word attitude comes from the Latin word aptitūdō – meaning fitness and posture, and came into usage describing a sculpture or statue.  What if your body language and posture weren’t a symptom of your attitude and feelings, and you used your body language, posture and demeanor to create a winning attitude and feelings?

The Warrior Culture has used this technique for hundreds of years to create “CAN-DO” attitudes within the ranks.  That is why the first thing a recruit is taught a boot camp is the position of attention – back straight, shoulders and neck up, belly in and chest out, and chin tucked.

Try it – sit up straight, stand up without shoulders slumping, walk into a room like you own it – John Wayne style.

Your Attitude is Yours and Yours Alone

“If I were immersed in constant melancholy, I would not be who I am.”
Elie Wiesel

attitude is a choice

Back in 2001, I was assigned to provide personal security for Auschwitz survivor and Nobel Peace Prize winner, Elie Wiesel. It was during the Days of Remembrance ceremony at the U.S. Capitol. After the event, I escorted Mr. Wiesel to his limousine. He asked about me, did I have a family, what were the children’s ages, etc. It was an amazing experience to be inside his space for that short period of time.

When we arrived at his car, he shook my hand, thanked me and asked if there was anything he could do for me. WOW! I told him there was one thing he could do, he could share with me how he made it through the Holocaust and yet was so kind and sincere, without a trace of bitterness.

“No prison, no tyrant, no war criminal, no dictator or persecutor can touch your attitude. They can destroy your body, but your attitude is yours, and that is what defines you.”

With that, he squeezed my hand, got into the limo and my time inside his space was over – but the impression will last a lifetime. Our attitude is our choice. It is the last bastion of freedom, a fortress that no human can breach, unless we open the gates from the inside.

Every situation doesn’t call for a “positive” attitude, for example in the midst of getting shot at, I have never found myself thinking “sunshine, waterfalls and unicorns” about those doing the shooting. Use your power to choose your attitude wisely, and deploy it strategically. But whatever you do, don’t open the gates to your citadel and abdicate your choice to others or outside circumstances, don’t give anyone or anything that power over you.

Your attitude is yours and yours alone.
Boo yah!

80% of Performance Isn’t Trained For By Most

My business partner, Steve Siebold, is one of the world’s leading Mental Toughness Coaches. In the past two decades, during the course of his work with Fortune 500 sales teams, he has surveyed the top executives of those companies. The surveys have shown that top executives believe that “performance” breaks down as follows:

10% comes from Skills
10% comes from Knowledge
80% comes from Attitude

Even if you believe this break down isn’t exactly right, the top executives at the top companies believe it. That leads us to ask this question, “How are we training our attitude?” If we spend any time at all on training, it is usually training to increase knowledge or skills. How many of us actually train to have a world-class attitude? If the top business executives in the world are right, that means that most of us are doing little to nothing to train the biggest piece of the Performance puzzle.

 

Boo yah!

Life on All 8-Cylinders – Mental Health

“Hope and optimism are not “soft skills.” They are necessary brain adjustments to allow your brain to navigate the path toward success.”

Srinivasan S. Pillay M.D. –author of Your Brain and Business: The Neuroscience of Great Leaders

 Mental Health

Neuroscience is the study of the nervous system, and not to get too technical here, but specifically cognitive and behavioral neuroscience, studies how psychological functions are produced by neural circuitry.  In English, what and how we think our thoughts is directly related to how the brain physically does its work.  Negative thoughts with negative expectations actually shut down certain brain pathways that limit and restrict the processing of information that could bring about a positive solution to the problem you are worrying about.

Again, in English, when you worry about something, your brain shuts off the information that would solve the issue.  The old, “Where there’s a will, there’s a way,” is actually true.  All this attitude stuff isn’t just ethereal, pie-in-the-sky, cheesy, feel-good, motivational speaker crap.  There is now science backing it up.

Rebel Brown, in her book, The Influential Leader, shares that our brains take in 11,000,000 bits/second of information.  Our brains process all the information and send only 126 bits/second to the conscious mind for action.  No wonder your attitude and how you view the world has such a huge impact on where you are in life, and where you’ll end up.  The proverbial “self-fulfilling prophecy” is a medical fact.  Your brain will give you the exact information your attitude is looking for: positive, negative or evidence based.

I’ve always known Mental Toughness was a game-changer, the answer to living life on all cylinders, now neuroscience proves it, medically.  The Mental Health “cylinder”, the thoughts you think and how you think them, and your attitude, dictates the information you have available to solve problems and achieve goals and dreams.

Henry Ford nailed it, when he said, “Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right.”

Boo yah!

How Are You Training Attitude?

My mentor and business partner, Steve Siebold, is one of the world’s leading Mental Toughness Coaches.  In his work with Fortune 500 sales teams, he has for the past two decades, surveyed the top executives of the companies. These surveys have shown that top executives believe that “performance” breaks down as follows:

10% Skills

10% Knowledge

80% Attitude

 

knowledge skills attitude

 

Jinkys, Scoob! Any of us that have had to perform under pressure, in any field, know this to be the absolute truth.  We know that talent and experience can only get you so far.  Examples in professional sports are numerous, but here’s a big one: T.O. –  talented, but bad attitude.  How’d that work out for him? …..Not too good (as we say in the South).

 

If this break down is true, and even if it isn’t exactly right, top executives at the top companies believe it.  That leads us to ask this question of ourselves, “How are we training attitude?”  If we spend anytime at all on training, it is usually training to increase knowledge or skills.  How many of us actually train to have a Peak Performer’s attitude?  If the top business executives in the world are right, that means that most of us are doing little to nothing to train the biggest (80%) piece of the Peak Performance puzzle.

Signing up for the Peak Performance Newsletter is a great resource for training attitude, (I’m just saying).

Boo Yah!!