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The First Step to Success

It's been said that having a positive attitude is the first step to success. This can be applied to any business situation, including capital projects.

A wise sage once told me that two people can experience the same thing and one can come away with a positive experience and the other with a negative experience. Why? It's all about mindset and attitude.

A successful capital project starts and ends with having the right attitude. Being helpful to colleagues working on the same project is a must. Afterall, you have the same end goal - a successful project.

I have seen individuals have a can-do type of mentality no matter what stage of the project. These people have a positive attitude and want to perform to the best of their ability and ensure that the project is completed successfully and timely. These individuals may be under a tremendous deal of pressure to complete a project, but you would never know it from their attitude.

Success begins in thought. If you have good thoughts and a positive attitude, no project will be too big or cumbersome.

A negative attitude not only affects you, but it also affects your colleagues and can create less team cohesion and a low morale.

We've all heard of the phrase "don't sweat the small stuff, and it's all small stuff." That is actually true, and when you start with a positive attitude, it becomes increasingly clear.

If a colleague gets discouraged, help them by encouragement. Encouragement goes a long way. When someone sees you having a positive attitude, it will have a huge impact on them.

A positive attitude starts with you.

"Attitude is a choice. Happiness is a choice. Optimism is a choice. Kindness is a choice. Giving is a choice. Respect is a choice. Whatever choice you make makes you. Choose wisely." - Roy T. Bennett

Helen Roush is Executive Vice President of Paperitalo Publications.

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