Attitude over behaviour for success

Attitude over behaviour for success

by Vanessa Ng 07 Jan 2020

The trappings of modern civilisation make it all too easy to forget about our more animalistic inclinations. Human beings (or any other animal) are lazy by nature. Opting for the easier route is a reaction fuelled by a deep-seated instinct to survive. However, survival and success can mean two wholly different things. Doing something that will make us content or feel the least uncomfortable in the immediate future may not be optimal in the long run. 


Time and time again, we’ve heard of how success is a by-product of one’s actions. What we choose to do (and what we choose not to) has a direct impact on how well we do in life. After all, no one ever made it big by behaving like a complete slob.


However, focusing solely on behaviour might not be enough. As important actions are when it comes to defining our quality, the attitudes that drive them are even more so. Having the proper attitude when it comes to performing a slew of task is what makes the difference between committing to the process as opposed to just going through the motions.


We all understand the importance of being self-disciplined. This sometimes involves putting aside your emotions and just proceeding with what you are supposed to do. You need to account for yourself and be committed in your actions. For instance, you may have missed a workout due to planning mishap. Will you let that one training session that got away destroy all that you have built by just quitting on yourself and giving up?


Once an attitude has been accepted and internalised, the body will respond by behaving accordingly. Conversely, if you choose to over-emphasise on implementing purely behavioural changes, it would be akin to slapping on a band-aid over an infected wound. It might help in the short-term, but its effectiveness will wane over time.


Part of the reason why this is so is due to our expectations of said actions. In the age of instant gratification and quick-fixes, we’ve become conditioned to expect long-lasting results from simple actions. Instead, use micro-actions to kickstart a change in our attitudes. A simple thing like taking the stairs instead of the elevator can challenge our perception of how staying active requires too much work.


Ask yourself what it the smallest thing that you can do right now. Its simplicity may not seem like much, but it can make you feel a lot better about making strides towards a more desirable attitude. Make a small, healthy decision and keep going with it! As the victories come rolling in, you’ll feel better about yourself and more committed to your cause. Remember that all these tiny, easy actions are still a step forward in the right direction.