Some of the ugliest scenes from the 20th Century come from the Nazi Holocaust during World War II. And some pretty inspiring scenes come from that as well. One of the most famous accounts of those awful years was written by a Jewish psychiatrist named Victor Frankl – a survivor of the concentration camps. Frankl told of how the Jews there had almost every freedom stripped from them: they were imprisoned, they were awakened any hour of the day or night, treated like slave labor, humiliated, always facing the specter of death. But he lived to tell us about the one freedom they learned no one could take away from them – the freedom he saw in many of those who survived the horror. It’s the one freedom that could make you a survivor.
I want to have A Word With You today about “The Freedom No One Can Take.”
Twenty centuries ago another Jewish man wrote about his suffering, from a Roman prison and the attitude that sustained him through it all. It’s that one freedom that nothing can take away from you: no tragedy, no treatment by others, no divorce, no disease, no loss. It’s the freedom to choose your attitude. Dr. Frankl said that that was the freedom he and others exercised in that concentration camp; a freedom beyond the reach of their Nazi guards. It was a freedom the Apostle Paul found in Jesus Christ.
He had lost all his other freedoms as a prisoner chained to a guard 24 hours a day. But the prison didn’t choose his attitude. Your prison, your pain doesn’t have to choose yours either. Paul chose joy.
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Isabelle: I wonder what my purpose is… Hugo Cabret: Everything has a purpose, clocks tell you the time, trains takes you to places. I’d imagine the whole world was one big machine. Machines never come with any extra parts, you know. They always come with the exact amount they need. So I figured if the entire world was one big machine… I couldn’t be an extra part. I had to be here for some reason. And that means you have to be here for some reason, too…
I knew that when I first heard that line from the motion picture Hugo that I would never want to forget it! As a mental health practitioner, I would love for everyone who seeks treatment for anxiety and depression to walk out of my office with this thought in mind that she or he could not be an “extra part” in life but that everyone of us has a reason to be here. Every person questioning their self worth regardless of the choices they made in life could benefit from such a deep and powerful meaning spoken by this charismatic 12 year-old boy.
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I am all about optimism ever since I first read Viktor Frankl’s – Man’s Search for Meaning. Viktor so eloquently put that when we have been stripped of everything: our pride, our dignity, our respect, even our last earthly possession – that one thing remains. It is the one thing that no one can give us or no one can take away from us and it is the one that always remains our choice – and that is our Attitude!
Our Attitude determines our life, pure and simply! If you choose a negative Attitude then the world will deliver a negative and pessimistic world at your doorstep. If you chose a loving, healthy, nurturing Attitude then the world will deliver in kind to your doorstep. The choice is always our own – so choose wisely!
Attitude in Leadership Facing Life With The Right Mind
Attitude is everything. More so is Attitude In Leadership. Having the right attitude towards life is imperative if we want to see leadership success.
The good thing about an attitude is that it is your choice how you wish to look at life. It is within your control at any moment in your life.
Viktor Frankl, who was a man imprisoned by the Germans during the Second World War, remarked that, “The one thing you can’t take away from me is the way I choose to respond to what you do to me. The last of one’s freedoms is to choose ones attitude in any given circumstance.”
During the Second World War, the German did many things to try to break this Viktor Frankl, but they soon found that while they could destroy his physical state, but they could never destroy his resolve or attitude.
Now that’s amazing, isn’t it?
No matter how much has been taken from you, one thing that cannot be taken from you is your attitude.
Life can throw you many circumstances, but how you react to it is still your choice.
What Is Attitude in Leadership
The dictionary defines attitude as a manner, disposition, feeling, position with regard to a person or thing; a tendency or orientation of the mind.
Simply put, it’s the posture that you choose to look at life in general.
A saying goes,” Attitude is the way you mentally look at the world around you. It is how you view your environment and your future. It is the focus you develop toward life itself.”
• Is life a bed of roses? • Is it a hopeless life that we’re just waiting to die? • Is it a blessed time of loving and building meaningful relationships?
All these questions pertain to our attitude in leadership and to life.
Besides our attitude to life, we have our attitudes toward other things in life. What is your attitude toward:
• Work • Challenges/Problems • Relationships
And so on…
Your attitude in all these areas matter because they will alter your behaviour and feelings toward these things in life. And this attitude in leadership matters a lot because leadership is influence.
When you view life as a time to get everything you can out of it before you perish, guess what? Your followers who interact with you on a daily basis will come to believe the same thing.
And you’ll be grooming a group of selfish, ambitious, pleasure-seeking individuals in your team unconsciously. And it’s all because of your attitude.
This is how powerful your attitudes really are. The success of your organization is really very much dependent on your attitude in leadership.
But the good news is, it’s a choice that you make.
Today, you can choose to be a person with a great attitude towards life in general. And with that attitude alone, you can do so much.
William James, a philosopher of the early 20th century, said, “It is our attitude at the beginning of a difficult undertaking which, more than anything else, will determine its successful outcome.”
As a leader, you’ll be facing a lot of challenges in your organization; be it a strain in working relationships, an external challenge that is testing the survivability of your organization and what not.
And as what William James said, it is your attitude that will make all the difference in whether you’re successful in tackling the challenge.
To Have A Great Attitude In Leadership, We Must…
To have a great attitude in leadership, we must constantly be aware of the things that are influencing us. As a leader, you’ll be constantly influencing people, but as a person, you yourself will be constantly influenced by your surroundings.
What are the:
• Books you read, • Words you speak, • People you mix with, • Thoughts you think,
on a daily basis?
All these things influence your thinking and your attitudes.
If you’re constantly mixing with people who talk about how lousy life is; you’ll be unconsciously thinking the same because these people form your reality.
They may be 5 people around you, but to you, they might represent the ‘people of the world.’
So be careful about what you allow in your head; these things unconsciously shape your worldview and eventually your attitudes toward life.
Leadership With You seeks to equip you with the right attitudes by constantly sharing important leadership principles and thoughts that will help you shape your thinking.
So do come back often and absorb the principles I am sharing here. The right influence brings the right attitudes and behaviours. Stay with the right influence and you’ll begin to see yourself becoming a better, stronger and more effective leader wherever you are!
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