By Kurt Kilpatrick, JD,CSP,CPAE
Who among us wants to work with others who have a bad Attitude? People with a sour and down countenance appear as if they were weaned on a dill pickle during childhood. They take joy in spreading doom, gloom, and always looking for and point out the negatives in life. Realize that the person who always looks down their own nose gets the wrong slant on life. I once read in Changing Times Magazine that if you go around with a chip on your shoulder all the time everyone else just might think it came off your own head.
A good attitude at work and at home can help you disarm stress and create new opportunities for you. When we get up in the morning we have two choices with regard to our attitude and what sort of attitude we will have all day. You can choose to have a bad attitude and spew forth negatives all day, or you can choose to have a good attitude and say and do things that others will take in a positive light and in a good natured way. You can literally WILL yourself into projecting a good attitude at home, on the job, and in your community. Some people make others happy and feel good when they show up and other do the same when they leave. You can choose which sort of person and personality you want to be; positive with a good attitude or negative with a bad attitude. Most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be. A good attitude, a positive attitude is an inside job.
These tips that might help YOU improve your Attitude:
· 1. Seize the Moment: Make the most of your time every day. Prioritize your tasks. Adjust your work by importance and not just by what is urgent. When you do this you will find that you have more time for relaxation and fun. It will help your attitude.
· 2. Solve your problems: Identify your problems on paper in a couple of sentences. This will help you bring the problem down to size, instead of letting it grow into some huge and mysterious pressure looming over you in the background. Do your Work, Solve your problems, and apply your creativity and expertise. It will give you a better attitude when you get things done.
· 3. Take Breaks: if you sit at a desk, get up and move around and stretch every 30-to-45 minutes. You can reward yourself for your hard work by taking frequent breaks. You will be more relaxed, more creative and more productive after each break and eager to get back to the work at hand.
It will also help you to maintain a more positive outlook on life if you will work hard at being grateful for the good things in your life. It is important to have an "Attitude of Gratitude" for the positive, helpful, beneficial and good things in your life. Practice smiling at yourself when you look in the mirror. A long face and a broad mind are rarely found under the same hat. Smile at yourself in the mirror. Smile at the first five people you see each day whether family, friends, co-workers or strangers. Listen to positive and uplifting music or audio and do your best to catch an attitude of gratitude. Such positive self-talk will help you improve your own attitude. Remember that the choice is yours when you get up in the morning. A good attitude is that little thing in life that can make a BIG difference.
To Your Success!