\u201cThe longer I live, the more I realize the impact of 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 than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company\u2026a
church\u2026a 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\u2026we 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 one string we have, and that is our attitude\u2026I am convinced that
life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it. And so it is with you\u2026we are in
charge of our attitudes.\u201d
Any excuse for non-performance, however valid, softens the character. It is a sedative against
one\u2019s own conscience. When a man uses an excuse, he attempts to convince both himself and
others that unsatisfactory performance is somehow acceptable. He is \u2013 perhaps
unconsciously \u2013 attempting to divert attention from performance; the only thing that counts is
his own want for sympathy. The user is dishonest with himself as well as with others. No
matter how good or how valid, the excuse never changes performance.
The world measures success in terms of performance alone. No man is remembered in
history for what he would have accomplished. History never asks how hard it was to do the
job, nor considers the obstacles that had to be overcome. It counts only one thing \u2013
performance. No man ever performed a worthwhile task without consciously ignoring many a
To use an excuse is a habit. We cannot have both the performance habit and the excuse
habit. We all have a supply of excuses. The more we use them the lower become our
standards, the poorer our performance. The better we perform, the less plausible our excuses
Next time you want to defend your sub-par performance, say instead (at least to yourself):
Notice the startling effect this will have on your own self-respect. You will have
Everybody on the team must contribute to winning. Everything starts with a vision \u2013 You have
to have a goal. Winning teams have players who put the good of the team ahead of
themselves. They want to play in their areas of strength, but they\u2019re willing to do what it takes
to take care of the team. They are willing to sacrifice their role for the greater goal. If the
vision for achieving the big picture is embraced by everyone in the group, then those people
have the potential to become an effective team.
Winning Attitude \u2013 you have total control of your attitude. Be positive and be enthusiastic.
Team Matters More Than The Individual \u2013 No one player is more important than the team. As
much as any team likes to measure itself by its best people, the truth is that the strength of
the team is impacted by its weakest link. Allow for differences in lifestyles. Everyone on the
team must take the journey \u2013 put aside all personal agendas and attitudes \u2013 everyone must be
on the same mission.
Attitude \u2013 To win at a consistent level it takes talented people with the right attitude. Good
attitudes among players do not guarantee a team\u2019s success, but bad attitudes guarantee its
failure. The winner\u2019s edge is in the attitude. Attitudes have the power to lift up or tear down a
team; there are plenty of talented teams out there who never amount to anything because of
the attitudes of their players. This is always true \u2013 bad attitudes are the result of selfishness.
Get out of yourself and into the TEAM!
Accountability \u2013 Teammates must be able to count on each other at all times.
Character + Competence + Commitment + Consistency + Cohesion = Accountability
When all team members embrace each of those five qualities, within themselves and with one
another, they can achieve the accountability necessary for a team to succeed. Accountability
begins with character because it is based on trust, which is the foundation for all interaction
with people. If you want your teammates to have confidence in you, where they know they can
count on you day in and day out, then you must be consistent. NO EXCUSES!
This action might not be possible to undo. Are you sure you want to continue?