Jun 13, 2017
When you think of your attitude, how do you define what attitude is?
Sometimes people want to be judged based on their thoughts or good intentions. However, your co-workers define your attitude based on your BEHAVIORS: it's what you are saying and doing and how you say and do it.
You can think happy thoughts all day long, but if those thoughts aren't backed up by your actions, your coworkers do not experience a positive attitude from you. They are stuck with your behaviors.
Bottom line when I assist with attitude: I help employees step in for action, step up a solutions and options perspective, and step outside their comfort zones.
These questions look simple on the page. However, discovering the answers to these questions can require a deep dive into various aspects of what make us unique individuals. I find most people haven’t thought about attitude in the way in which I frame it, which is why my work has been a change catalyst for many. Although people can experience a few “ah-ha moments” in my three-hour live Mastering a Positive Attitude training, a total shift and new outlook typically requires individual coaching over the course of, on average, three months.
In this book I share with you my individual coaching approach to Mastering Positive Attitude Habits. You can contact me through my website, relatableleader.com, to request your personalized three month coaching program that includes weekly coaching sessions with me.
People can have different ideas about what attitude is, so I find it useful to start by sharing the actual attitude definition.
For the definitions in this book I quote the New Oxford American Dictionary, Third Edition, copyright 2010.
Attitude: “A settled way of thinking or feeling about someone or something, typically one that is reflected in a person’s behavior.”
Your perceptions about what is going on around you lead to that “settled way of thinking or feeling,” and your thinking or feeling determines your behaviors. Behaviors are what you are doing and saying, or not doing and saying.
LIVE IT! is a reminder that perceptions dictate actions. The people around you make determinations about your attitude – the way you live your life – based on the actions they experience from you most often.
Here’s the thing: what if your perceptions aren’t accurate or are flat out wrong? In that case, your behaviors are not appropriate for the situation. Many people do not catch on to this concept throughout the course of their lifetimes. The result? They take things way too personally. They are frustrated and resentful much of the time because they believe the way they feel is due to the actions of others.
You might think of yourself as a person with a positive attitude. But if your behaviors aren’t positive for the people around you, you won’t be perceived as a person with a positive attitude. The people around you are stuck with your behaviors, good, bad, or neutral. The people around you are reflecting how they feel when they are around you.
How do you think people would describe your attitude?
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