All of us know the famous example of “Glass half-empty or Glass half-full!!!” This is a classic example of positive thinking. One must always look towards the positive side of situation and ignore the negative side. We have to cherish what we have rather than blaming our fate for the things that we don’t have. This is the reason why the wise men say “count your blessings”. Instead, we have a habit of thinking of what we do not have. We compare with others who seem to be more “successful” than us and loose the balance in life. As they say “grass is always greener on the other side.” Most of the times the comparisons are based on individual’s Economic Conditions, money being the most wanted commodity in today’s World. So if we count our blessings, we generate a positive attitude in us. Positive Attitude thus, protects us from this vicious trap leading to frustration & stresses that finally ruin our lives.
Positive attitude at its extreme end may make you complacent, lazy, or contented in life with what you have. ‘I feel okay with whatever I have achieved till date’ attitude will stop your growth. “Still water gathers the moss” and becomes undrinkable in no time. So having only positive attitude is not sufficient.
Thus the Glass being full or half, is just a half story and looking at “the Glass- half full” is not enough. One must go beyond. This Positive Attitude is passé and we need to change it to suit to the current times….
Look at another age-old story of “the Hare and the Tortoise”. Hare lost even being fast, because he was not persistent. Modern time story tells us that we need to be both, as fast as the Hare and as persistent as the Tortoise, to stand in the competition. So in current times, just having positive attitude is not enough, so what do you need in place of positive attitude?
The new buzzword to be successful is to have Right Attitude; the attitude that sets you on the right path of success and happiness in life. You can apply the SWOT/ SWOC analysis to create the Right Attitude in you. SWOT(C) stands for Strength, Weakness, Opportunity and Threat (Challenge). The first part is to look towards your Strengths and Weaknesses. What you are good at and what you need to improve in whatever situation you are in. You can apply this while seeking a job, improving your relationship or any other competitive situation. The Strengths and Weaknesses are your own and you need to work on them to improve. The Opportunities and Threats (or Challenges) are external to you and you may not have control over it. You need to understand the situation/ environment and adapt to it to get maximum out of it. Thus Positive Attitude will give you what your strengths are. While Right Attitude will force you to consider Strengths, Weakness in you and Opportunity & Threats that exist around you and how you make the most of it, to succeed in life.
The Right attitude will put you in the Right perspective about what you have (Strengths), what you lack (Weaknesses), what are favorable conditions around you, and what are the obstacles around you. Once you know all these four aspects, you can easily improve them to achieve success. One cannot win without knowing your limitations and working a way around it.
Think well in advance and start planning for the goal at the earliest. This will give you the head-start in the battles ahead. “You cannot fight the battle by preparing on the same Day.” So start early and have sufficient time for the battle. Apply SWOT Analysis and create a Right Attitude to win that battle…