Does Attitude Really Matter?

by Lori Smith

The importance of a positive attitude cannot be overstated.  Naturally, people want to be around and work with those who have a good attitude.  Have you ever worked with someone who had a negative attitude?  If so, it is highly probable that not only did you not enjoy the experience much but also found that it brought down the morale of everyone involved. Likewise, a positive attitude can spread like wildfire and raise morale.  Having a positive attitude in the workplace is essential if you want to move up the ladder and boost your career.  The following are some easy ways that you can display a positive attitude that will get you noticed:

Be Open Minded  Consider all options available to resolve a problem.  Be solution focused and not problem focused.  View problems as an opportunity to grow.

Give 100% Effort  Put forth your best work in all that you do regardless of the size or importance of the task at hand.  The success of any organization is the combined total of all involved.  Contribute to the success of your organization.  Look for ways to improve your competencies.

Be Constructive  If you notice a problem do not just complain about what is wrong, but rather look for a solution and offer some suggestions on corrective actions that could be taken.

Don’t Complain  Whether you criticize something in your organization that you are unhappy with or something in your personal life that is not as you would like it to be can be a morale drainer for those around you.  It is important to remember that many people have challenges in their professional and personal lives but continually focusing on these negative thoughts can be detrimental to everyone involved.  Be the type person who looks at the glass as half full instead of half empty.

Be Pleasant  Seek the good in others and recognize their achievements.  Offer genuine compliments.  Look for good things happening in your organization and spread the news.

Following these simple tips are the first steps to a successful career.  People  often wait for their “lucky break” to come, and while it may sometimes be due to the good fortune of being in the right place at the right time most often it is a combination of hard work and luck that leads to success.  Take charge of your career and make your own luck!  As Thomas Jefferson quotes, “I’m a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more of it I have.”

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