Last week Simon Tyler took to the main stage at the Glove Factory Studios to speak about why shifting attitudes in our everyday lives is key to boosting success and impact.
Tyler is the broadly recognized author of the Impact Code, Simple Way and will soon be publishing, The Attitude Book with LID Publishing, where he focuses on recognizing and simplifying our thoughts to refresh and energize in a world where our minds are bombarded with distracting information.
Simon started off by asking the group who had risen up early and travelled through icy cold weather to be there, how they would feel if his talk had no impact on them whatsoever. Disappointed, angry and resentful were a few of the words that came back. He then asked us how we would feel going into the rest of the working day with a negative attitude. How would it affect our work? Our communication with others? The moral of his story was to amplify that we could choose to let it affect us…or not. So it all stemmed down to the attitude we choose to take.
Bad attitudes root back to the past and attract negativity. Good attitudes are rooted just slightly in the future and attract positivity.
Simon also spoke about collective unhappiness and how often it goes unnoticed. In Britain we’re known to accept a collectively unhappy culture. But how exactly does one negative attitude filtrate through to a whole group or organization? When unhappiness is widespread, it can be seen as the cultural norm or “the ways things are” making the shift towards a positive attitude is harder to implement as positive energy becomes scarce.
To gain a positive shift we need to set free from negative behavioral patterns in order to nurture positive ones, and then only can we start to process by observing other people’s attitudes and seeing how these affect our own.
Simon used a great exercise to demonstrate what we should do when we feel distracted from the task at hand. He said when programs are causing our computers to crash, we tend to CTRL, ALT and Delete those programs in order for the computer to be clear about what we’re asking from it. Why not apply this to ourselves? If you could CTRL, ALT, Delete the things that make you feel angry, worried or stressed, what would you delete? This activity helps us to recognize what we need to put our minds to in the current moment, and by clearing away the noise we gain focus, minimize stress, increase productivity and can be present in the moment.
Simon finished up the talk by reminding us that whatever we think about, our brain will try to prove it to be true, by attracting other experiences that validate those thoughts. He said: “We are all on a spiral cycle and have the power to choose which direction we move in.”
He added: “The thinker thinks and the prover proves.”