What’s Your Attitude?
Attitude is defined as a mental position about a fact or situation. The most important aspect of attitude is to know it is a perception you choose.
Viktor Frankl wrote a book titled, A Man’s Search for Meaning. In this small but powerful manuscript, he shares how he survived a concentration camp by understanding his attitude was the one aspect of his life he could control. Attitude is an important piece of your life too. Many do not even think about. However, not thinking about it creates the inability to control it. When you realize the control you have over your attitude, you create a crucial difference in how you cope with everything that happens. Your destiny can change.
Self-awareness is key in the process of learning. The next time you have the opportunity to recognize an experience in your day that is different than what you had planned, be aware of how you react. You can only change or celebrate what you notice. If you are annoyed, disappointed or frustrated, take 10 seconds to find an alternative way to respond to the situation. Finally, think about what you have learned. This ties in with accountability, as the choice is up to each individual. So why is it important in the workplace? Imagine your work environment if each individual decided to see an opportunity where they would normally see an annoyance. What would happen if you and your workforce chose to have a different perspective? Good attitudes raise the bar. They create less tension and stress, which leads to better health, higher productivity and astute creativity. Could your company use more of that?
The good news is, better attitudes can be taught to those who want it. Sadly, some people have not had the experience of what it is like to work or live in a positive environment. The benefits have to be clearly communicated for them to take advantage of this new perspective and responsibility. It can be done.
“Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.”
Excerpt from Blueprint for Employee Engagement – 37 Essential Elements to Influence, Innovate & Inspire.
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