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Vail Valley: Winning with attitude, aptitude, servitude, and gratitude

Check out this quote by author and speaker Krish Dhanam: “Plan with attitude, prepare with aptitude, participate with servitude, receive with gratitude, and that should be enough to separate you from the multitudes.”

I recently participated in an interesting discussion group where the question before us was, “If you could improve just one thing in your life right now what would it be – relationships, stress, income, or happiness?”

The responses were really interesting as some were philosophical around how improving relationships first would create a trickle-down effect, thereby improving financial situations, reducing stress, and then obviously creating happiness. Others argued that seeking joy and happiness first would also have a positive impact on the other three areas. Still others in the group were completely focused on the reality and immediate near term challenges they face financially having a direct bearing on their stress levels.

The beauty of a discussion group is that there is no right or wrong answer and the venue offers every participant the opportunity to engage in active conversation, debating and defending their position and opinion. Some are more passionate and convicted as they respond, while others waffle or buy in to the views of others.

Regardless how you may have answered the question, I think back to the quote at the top of this column about attitude, aptitude, servitude, and gratitude and think how each attribute is so important, no matter which area we are trying to improve.

• It is so important that we develop and maintain a positive attitude in the face of challenges and adversity each and every day

• As we continue to grow and develop our skills and aptitude, we position ourselves to win more often and present ourselves as more qualified applicants and candidates for new careers or income opportunities

• If we go out each day looking to serve others wherever we can, our co-workers, management, direct reports, customers, God, family, and friends we will build powerful relationships that will help secure long-term joy and happiness

• Living with the attitude of gratitude and letting those most important to us know just how grateful we truly are for their love, friendship, service, and support is vital to improving relationships, reducing stress, and finding and sharing in true joy and happiness.

It’s Thanksgiving week, and no doubt many are feeling the stress, maybe even the multitudes. Write down and remember Krish’s quote “Plan with attitude, prepare with aptitude, participate with servitude, receive with gratitude, and that should be enough to separate you from the multitudes.”

Thank you all for the e-mails – I do receive each with extreme gratitude and enjoy corresponding with you all. Tell me about your attitude, aptitude, servitude, and gratitude at msnorton@comcast.net and together we can make it a better than good week.

Michael Norton is a strategic consultant, business and personal coach and motivational speaker, and CEO of http://www.candogo.com. He writes a weekly motivational column for the Vail Daily.


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