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The starting attitude

Have you heard the saying, “All’s well that ends well”? John C. Maxwell, leadership expert is fond of saying, “All’s well that begins well”. How you start a thing could very well predict how you finish it. I would normally say it this way, the starting attitude could be the winning attitude.

If you remember the story of the Tortoise and the Hare, then permit me to point out what could have been their starting attitudes.
The Hare probably felt really insulted to be paired in a race with a tortoise and must have suggested to the tortoise that he didn’t stand a chance. Based on his overconfidence he possibly planned to have a meal and a nap along the way, thinking he would still have the time to finish ahead of the Tortoise. The Tortoise on the other hand must have had an attitude to progress slowly but surely, and not to become discouraged or intimidated by the ability of the Hare.

At the end of the race, the one with a better starting attitude, the Tortoise, won the race. Most times, the right starting attitude will outperform ability. Look into your attitudes today and find out what your starting attitudes are and be sure to adjust them to achieve good success.