Attitude can make or break a team. Like an infectious disease, a poor attitude can quickly spread among players and bring down morale. On the contrary, a positive attitude can allow a team to rise above their individual talent to beat up on opponents. Either way, attitude is an important part of mentality, and learning how to control it can lead to success on and off the field.
The Energy Bus: 10 Rules to Fuel Your Life, Work, and Team with Positive Energy, by Jon Gordon, is all about how to channel negative energy into a positive force to help you succeed at any task.
Gordon takes readers through the life of a fictional character named George, a depressed and underappreciated man, who’s stuck with having to take the bus to his stressful job. During his daily rides, George encounters an interesting set of passengers, all of whom find the silver lining in any situation. As George’s mood becomes uplifted and more positive, the passengers share with him their 10 psychological rules for the ride of his life and explain how he can use the rules to better himself, bring his life out of the gutter and accomplish his goals.
STACK’s Take: The book is a contagious read, recommended by Jacksonville Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio, Mike Smith of the Atlanta Falcons and Miami Heat’s Eric Spoelstra. This book can definitely help turn negative thoughts into positive ones. Just remember, attitude reflects leadership, and if you want to lead your team to victory, the best way to do it is with a positive state of mind.