In life, a positive attitude brings about happiness, hope and satisfaction. In the workplace, it improves productivity and leads to occupational success. When complex tasks seem to weigh you down, a positive attitude helps you push on. If you have stagnated in your current position for over a decade, it could be that you have a negative attitude toward your employer or career. In a workplace comprising workers from diverse religious, cultural and ethnic backgrounds, it can be quite challenging to develop and maintain a positive attitude.
So, how do you do it?
Establish the Cause
The path to developing a positive attitude in the workplace begins at identifying the causes behind your undesirable attitude. It could be you have annoying co-workers or the office computers are straight from 1872 -- the year the first computer was invented. Although you may not be in a position to immediately get rid of such causes, identifying them gives you the opportunity to start finding appropriate solutions.
Love Your Job
Don’t just pursue a career to earn a living. Love it! This way, Monday blues will be a thing of the past. You will rarely notice the week drag itself through Friday. We all can’t work as air hostesses, where each day brings the prospect of landing in a new city. Whether you are an instructor, lawyer or bus driver, learn to embrace your profession. When you’re doing what you love, your workplace feels like home.
It’s quite common to talk about various issues with your co-workers. In the same vein, it’s extremely common to disagree, essentially because we all have diverse views on issues. You may be right and well-informed about a certain issue, but lack the gift of gab to persuade your co-workers to side with your opinion. Don’t feel like a sore loser. Instead, walk away from the conversation happily; hoping someone knocks some sense into their heads sooner or later.
Office Gossip? No Way
Fewer things are super cultivators of negative attitude than office gossips. It might be juicy and addictive, but won’t add any taste to your profession. Right from your first day at work, stick to your principles, keep an open mind and let office gossipers do their thing. In fact, you can whisper to yourself “I know you are gossiping, but that is none of my business.”
Yes, You Can
The words that come out of your mouth aren’t just a reflection of what’s in your mind. They program your brain how to think. To develop a positive attitude, what you say should be consistently positive. Stop using negative phrases, such as ‘I can’t,’ ‘it’s impossible’ or ‘this won’t work.’ It’s high time you said, Yes, I Can!"
Practice Makes Perfect
When you are trying to switch from a negative to positive attitude, you may encounter various challenges. Your body is trying to adopt a new lifestyle and may put up a fight. You know that saying, old habits die hard? Well, keep trying for practice makes perfect. If necessary, set goals. Can you, for instance, go a whole week feeling good about your workplace? Then, you are on the right track.
As you work on developing a better attitude, it is important to keep in mind that positivity attracts positive rewards!
Further Reading: PayScale: Maintaining a Positive Attitude in the Workplace
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