How good is your attitude about safety?


Attitude is contagious.

What is attitude? As the dictionary defines it, attitude is a way of talking and behaving. However, its significance in our lives is much more. Attitude is a way of life. We have a choice everyday regarding the attitude we embrace for that day. As they say, the only difference between a good day and a bad day is your attitude. 

We cannot change our past, or we cannot change the way certain people think. The one thing we can change to help us deal with situations better, is our attitude. Attitude determines outcome. This truth is accepted by most of the successful people of the world, whether it is a doctor going for a surgery, an athlete getting psyched up for a big game, or a businessman launching a new venture. It is attitude that provides them the winning edge. Thus, a correct and willful attitude is the key to success.

Attitude reflects behavior. One’s attitude towards another determines the other’s attitude towards him. If someone smiles at another person, that other person may smile back; while if one acts hard-nosed with them, they are likely to snap back.

Working safely everyday does not happen by accident. It requires a lot of effort and belief that it is possible. It takes the right attitude. This all calls to mind this (often attributed to Thomas Jefferson) quote:

“Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.”

In a nutshell, attitude to me is more important than talent, expertise, education, or experience. 

I am strongly convinced that life is only 10% of what happens to me, and 90% of how I react to it.