Share on pocket
Share on linkedin
Share on twitter
Share on facebook
 
Power of positive attitude

Positive Attitude is Everything!

What do the following have in common?

  • People who create happy customers
  • People who get promoted the most frequently
  • Great co-workers
  • Leaders with the most loyal employees
  • People who are the most satisfied in their jobs

 

The answer, of course, is Attitude.

A positive attitude is something that everyone is capable of.  It doesn’t require a specific education or skill set; and it’s not dependent on how much money you make, how good looking you are or what you do for a living.  Attitude is, quite simply, a decision one makes.

So why is it that there seem to be so many people who don’t have great attitudes?

We’ve all met them:  The retail employee who seems completely uninterested in the needs of customers.  The employee who won’t go out of his (her) way to help a colleague.  The employee who drags the entire workplace down with him.  The manager who employees hate to work for.  Why have they chosen to be so miserable?  The answer lies in one word:

Excuses

Rather than make an effort to have a positive attitude, a frightening number of people choose to live in Excuseville.   You hear them all the time – trying to justify their bad attitudes with things like, “I don’t get paid enough,” “I have  a bad boss,” “I have incompetent employees,” “I got in a fight with my spouse,” etc.

But here’s the thing.  There are a million excuses for having a bad attitude.  The reality, though, is that none of them – not one – is a legitimate justification for having a bad attitude.

Attitude Is A Choice

Attitude is a choice – pure and simple.  There are countless poverty-stricken people who have fantastic attitudes.  The same is true with many who have horrible upbringings or profound disabilities.  I’ll never forget meeting with a former client of mine who had been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.  He had just finished a grueling course of chemotherapy.  His hair was gone.  His face was gaunt and pale.  The only thing that would keep someone as describing him as ‘looking terrible,’ was the persistant smile on his face, and the steady stream of wisecracks he delivered.  When I asked him how he did it, he replied simply, “Just because I feel miserable doesn’t mean I have to be miserable.”

He was an inspiration for me and many others – and a testament to how attitude is a choice we make.

Yes, sometimes, there is a lot of work involved in the decision to have a positive attitude.  It’s not always easy to find the glimmer of light in a dark time.  But it is there.  All you need to do is look for it.

One man says “I hate these old shoes.”  Another says, “Wow!  I’ve got shoes!”

– Shaun Belding –

One Response

  1. “Folks are usually about as happy as they make their minds up to be.”
    —–Abraham Lincoln

    Words to live by…..

    Loved the article…I am going to share with some “Folks”

Comments? We'd Love to Hear Them!

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Search by Category

Is Your Voice
Holding You Back?

Do you sometimes struggle with:

  • People not taking you seriously?
  • Difficult or emotional customers?
  • Getting people to listen?
  • Establishing credibility?
  • A stalled career?

You Need To Master Your Voice

Have you ever listened to a recording of your own voice and thought, “That’s me?”

It is, and it may be holding you back without you even knowing it. That’s why Belding Training created the powerful new Voice Mastery course.

Voice Mastery for Telephone & Business

Voice Mastery shows you how to control your voice, and use it tactically.

Enhance your:

  • credibility
  • ability to persuade
  • negotiation outcomes
  • ability to control emotional situations

Register today to begin leveraging the science of Voice Mastery.

Winning at Work

Is Winning At Work Coming to your Mailbox?

Sign up today for free weekly (sort of…) tips, tools and advice on success, and dealing with customers, employees, coworkers, bosses and more!

No spam. Just good stuff.

Join the Winning at Work community of over 10,000 people from 60+ countries!

%d bloggers like this: