Question: How does attitude affect the success or failure of a construction project?

Answer: Optimism and pessimism are attitudes you are free to choose and to embrace. Whether for good or bad, your thoughts make you who you are. They direct your self-fulfilling prophecies. Positive or negative self-talk becomes reinforced into the paradigm that you have determined and then produces evidence to support your belief. If you think you will have a bad project, then you are definitely right. If you think you will have a good project, you’re probably right.

Point: Attitude is a matter of personal choice. It is the key that either opens you to success or locks you out.


What Is Emotional Intelligence?

Answer: It is simply the ability to recognize and manage your emotions and the emotions of others without getting too emotional about it.

Point: Become skilled at interpreting, understanding, and acting upon emotions.

Emotional Destruction & Reactions

Question: What happens to the positive emotions when a relationship is destroyed?

Answer: They go flying out the window and the negative response is swift and devastating. Those who feel betrayed have a strong desire to get even and to hurt you in the same degree or more that you hurt them. The previous positive emotions in the relationship are instantly replaced with equally strong negative emotions. The emotion of comfort is replaced with disgust, optimism to anger, happiness to bitterness and relief to contempt.

Summarize: No matter where you live, it’s still a small town where your customers like to talk about you. They also have big concerns, self worth and great memories about being betrayed.

Attaining a Positive Attitude

Question: How do I attain a positive attitude?

Answer: A positive attitude is propelled by positive self-fulfilling prophecy. It is the self-proclaimed prediction that alters your actions and causes itself to become true. The fact that we have the ability to think also means we have the ability to control our thoughts. Therefore your attitude is either the lock or the key to your success. Positive thinking is not about fooling yourself – rather it’s about creating yourself. Yes, there are many bad surprises that a positive attitude can’t prevent but when it happens you are better positioned to have your attitude and perspective on top of a ladder rather than in a ditch.

Summarize: Realize that the best or worst thing in your life could be your attitude.