Your attitude in the workplace can serve as your greatest asset or your worst downfall. Attitude is defined as "a settled way of thinking or feeling about someone or something, typically one that is reflected in a person's behavior." If that's all true then not only does your attitude change how you see work, it changes how your work sees you. "A negative mind will never give you a positive life." An unknown author nailed it in pointing out that half of the battle is creating a positive mindset.
I would like to take this a step further and say that the goal isn't just a happy grin and pleasantries between coworkers. Attitudes can't be faked like short term feelings. A genuinely good attitude can be a game changer when it comes to your perspective on work, success, and your overall satisfaction in your career. With a well checked and healthy attitude, you may just find yourself liking what you do more.
Struggling to be positive? Here are 3 ways to help you obtain and keep a positive attitude in the workplace:
o Communication is key: Communication is the centerpiece of the direction that the company’s attitude goes to. Clear communication will lead to understanding and cooperative teamwork, whereas miscommunication will lead to internal problems and possible mistrust. Asking questions when needed to clear any confusion will lead to a positive attitude. You’ll understand what’s going on and build stronger relationships with your boss and co-workers. I don't know about you, but strong fun relationships with my coworkers certainly get me up in the morning easier than a task list.
o Remember your goals: What do YOU want to accomplish? What are things that YOU want to happen? Sometimes, trivial things get in the way of the big picture. At our office we are creating a dream wall to post pictures of our families and goals for the future. There is something about sharing it together as an office that creates accountability and excitement. As we dream together about goals they become a part of a greater combined positive attitude.
o Take a break: Sometimes we get so caught up in our everyday workplace, in our everyday lives, that we forget to take a break. So take a break. Go for a run. Listen to some relaxing music. Read a book. Do things that make YOU happy and do them often. Have small breaks in-between periods of work. Popular imagery I have heard to describe this idea compares us to a cup full of water. A cup that has water in it will only pour into other surrounding cups if it is overflowing. We need to learn what it is that helps each of us to overflow and affect change in those around us. A positive attitude is infectious and influential.
What have you found in your own workplace that helps you to maintain a positive attitude? We would love to hear your ideas and give them a try ourselves.