Four Sure Ways to Own Your Attitude

Your attitude is one key aspect of your performance that can make or break your day, regardless of how talented and gifted you may be. In a room full of experts, attitude trumps aptitude every time.

If everyone can do good work, the person who does it with enthusiasm and good cheer will stand out. People respond to people – bad moods, negativity, disinterest, and detachment can be seen and felt and erode an interaction, team, or transaction.

Everyone has the choice to be cheerful or not, optimistic or not, positive or not – these perspectives are not assigned to you – you own them. Your attitude is a big part of how you interact with and affect people.  It must be understood as a centerpiece of your professional impact.

Here are four important ways to own your attitude and be better with the people around you:

First, recognize that your attitude will define your day. Start out right – clear your head and ready yourself for the day. Consider what’s ahead on your way to work and focus on priorities and how to meet them with good energy. You decide how you want to influence your day.

Second, recognize that your attitude will directly impact others. Unless you are a truly independent worker (there are very few), you will interact with other people every day. Determine how you want to be thought of today. Define your day’s legacy – the impression you leave with people. Make it good.

Third, recognize that being positive is a “force-multiplier”. Cheerful, positive energy is infectious, just as being sour and negative can gain a similar response from people. Be energized and affirmative as much as you can be – it will garner favorable reactions from other people. We are social creatures – we respond to each other. Be a positive force and grow it in others – it works.

Finally, recognize that you control your reactions. Everyone has a bad meeting, day, or more; however, remember that even if you can’t control much at work, you can control yourself. How you react to adversity is how you will be remembered more than how you respond to good fortune. Everyone can smile when things go well. Always think and consider before you act, but especially when managing through a difficult circumstance.

Bring your best self to work every day, and that includes your outward energy and view – your attitude. You will be more effective and gain better results if you approach your day with an animated commitment to adding positive value – attitude trumps aptitude, every day.

Steve Wischmann

President/CEO

Horizon Performance Solutions, LLC

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