Author of Empower The Observer Kit Gupta shares and works on creating strategies to help individuals around the world on iExcel Series: A online platform to ask a question about making improvements in your personal relationships, professional career, and social life.
In flight dynamics an important concept is taught called “Attitude Indicator.” Also known by other names like Gyro Indicator, Attitude Director Indicator to name a few, this instrument is used to tell the pilot of the orientation of the aircraft with reference to the ground among other things. The pilot keeps a constant check on the Attitude Indicator during take-off, landing and throughout the flight. Obviously, I’ve over simplified the explanation and the science behind it. But my goal is to help you understand how there is an “Attitude Indicator” that we all have within us, which we all use or could use while we navigate through the journey of personal relationships, professional careers, and social lives.
Right from our childhood, our behavior with our friends, relatives, and everywhere we go is under constant scrutiny by our parents. Bad attitude is brought to our attention right away and we’re told to correct it. Good attitude is (generally) rewarded with praise among other things.
By adolescence most of us are capable of distinguishing between good and bad attitude. In school and college we pay close attention to our attitude as well as the attitude of others. By now we know how to distinguish between people with good and bad attitude. We tend to be friends with the ones who fall in our good attitude classification and often stay away from the one’s who we see to have a bad attitude. Later, we use our Attitude Indicator with most people in our professions, personal relationships, our friends and acquaintances.
So what is your Attitude Indicator? What does it look like? Obviously, it’s not like a physical gauge with numbers and needles like the one used in flight dynamics. The indicator you carry within you is intangible. Your Attitude Indicator is the feelings you experience. A good attitude indicates the feeling of positivity. You experience this when you or someone you’re in the presence of possesses good attitude. Whereas, a clear indicator of a bad attitude is the feeling of negativity.
Whether you choose to have a good or bad attitude in any domain of your life, it is not something that you decide based on the events that transpire in your life or the people that you’re around. Your choice is independent of the external circumstances. Without a doubt, your attitude is your choice and not something governed by your environment.
You and I all use our Attitude Indicator to learn, monitor and even transform our attitude as well as understand the attitude of others. Watch this in-depth video about attitude from the author. Click here
“I need to be practical and not philosophical in life if have to get things done. If the whole world becomes philosophical, all that we’ve achieved with science today would still be a dream for mankind. All I have to say is, philosophy is just B.S.! Cheers!”
The vice president of marketing raised his tall clear glass half-filled with German Pilsner and a Duchenne smile on his face. With a dreamy look and a pretentious smile on my face, I clang my glass, then glanced at the shimmering light on the soft ripples of the Elbe river flowing below the restaurant I was dining at with my coworkers in Hamburg.
For years I ruminated over what was said about philosophy that night, and I concluded that philosophy is not B.S. In fact, philosophy drives our lives. It may have gotten a negative connotation attached to it because of those who think that philosophers are just dreamers—those who ponder life while staring at the stars and the moon— unlike the observational, experimental, and inferential approach that science takes. Thought or reasoning—that’s also a meaning of philosophy.
Undoubtedly, we all participate in thought and reasoning in every domain and on every day of our lives. Think of the strategic placement of products in specific locations in shopping malls, retail outlets, and grocery stores. That’s philosophy. It’s based on the thoughts of shoppers (gender, age, etc.). The digital display of ads that pop up in your browser is philosophy based on what you search and click on. There are innumerable examples I could give to elucidate that you and I use philosophy in our relationships, professions, and social lives every day.
No matter what background, nationality, race or any other labels you identify yourself with, everyone desires to create a life beyond the ordinary. Whether it is your personal relationship, professional career, social life, or just relationship with yourself, your innate desire is to become better than what you did and better than what you do. That’s living beyond the ordinary!
Millennial Author and International Speaker Kit Gupta speaks to audiences around the world sharing the “how-to” strategies to go beyond living the ordinary life in relationship, career and the society.
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The desire to want or not want change in profession and personal life is more than wanting something different. Creating an understanding of the reasons that drive you to desire change is the fundamental step most commonly missed when looking for something different in profession and relationships.
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For years, I always wanted to climb the corporate ladder and become “successful” in my profession. Getting the next title, receiving a bigger paycheck, was of the utmost importance to me. A few years into any job, if I would feel that there was no potential for growth in the organization, I would start disseminating my resume to potential employers and recruiters. Two words that I never eliminated from the summary on my resume were —“results-oriented.” In almost every job interview, I would always use the words “results-oriented” to define myself. At the time, I thought that it creates a strong impact on the potential interviewer. Little did I know, that my obsession with results in any domain of life could also easily consume me.
There is a paradigm shift in how we create and consume everything. From the food and drinks, to electronic gadgets, we have a myriad of options to choose from. Obsessions with achieving more, accumulating more, in every aspect of life leads to becoming relentless to have the power to purchase from the myriad of choices the market has to offer. In this fast-paced roller coaster of consumerism, everyone wants results, so everyone can consume more. The skin product companies want to create better results so you could look ten years younger and use more of their products. The beer companies want to make better-tasting-low- calorie beer so you can consume more beer and also not have remorse over that beer belly. The mobile phone manufacturing companies want to make products so you can do more from the phones and not have to physically go anywhere. And the list goes on.
When we desire to devour everything that the market has to offer, we strive to have the power to purchase it. This power comes from having money. We work harder, longer and want to get our boss the results he or she expects. Before we even know, we get consumed by the need to produce results, so we can continue to be liked by others at work, continue to have the job, continue to have a paycheck, which gives us the power to consume more. It’s a vicious circle.
The results that science and technology have created to improve our lives are phenomenal but they also bring some negative aspects along with them. And if we are not cautious about how much we consume, it could hurt us. Evaluate what is “value-adding” to your life and then decide to consume it. It’s one simple way to control the conditioning that the consumer driven market creates in our lives. Rewire your thinking and you could transform the effect the consumer market might have created on you.