5 Positive Attitude Changes to Improve Life
1. Take responsibility for your own attitude
Francis advises readers that we all have the opportunity to choose our own attitudes, even when things aren’t going our way. By changing your physical behavior and adopting a more positive outlook, you can help the people surrounding you improve their own attitudes.
2. Set measurable, achievable goals
As a manager, set goals for your staff that are better than their best, but believable. Do the same for yourself.
3. Hire people with positive energy
According to former General Electric CEO Jack Welch, a team member’s attitude in the morning represents the benchmark they should strive to hit throughout the day. If you let a team member stay grumpy before their first coffee break or before lunchtime, you’re sending the message that you expect a “come from behind” win every afternoon. In his book, “Winning,” Welch writes that people with positive energy can start and end each day with enthusiasm.
4. Don’t sacrifice attitude for “smarts”
Author and educator Roger Martin told Harvard Business Review readers that he once hired only “smart” candidates. Martin scouted top scholars from major business schools, determined that he could teach interpersonal skills to hires who seemed awkward or unhappy. After many of those high potential employees failed in their careers, Martin sought candidates he deemed less “brittle.” Those successful workers heeded feedback, sought professional development opportunities, and they improved morale on their teams despite their slightly lower GPAs.
Some say that the “A” students end up working for the “C” students. You don’t have to be the smartest person in the room, you just have to have a positive can do attitude!
5. Share your expectations with your team
Be clear with your expectations and make sure your teammates and subordinates understand that “Stinkin Thinkin (quote by Zig Zigler)” won’t cut it as far as you are concerned. People around you must drink the “positive cool aid”. If they don’t, show them the door!
If you are not in a leadership position where you can show someone the door if they don’t have a good attitude, stay as far away from them as you possibly can. Don’t listen to the negative thoughts of others.
I leave you with this compelling quote that I believe captures everything you need to know about having a positive attitude: “Keep your thoughts positive because your thoughts become your words. Keep your words positive because your words become your behavior. Keep your behavior positive because your behavior becomes your habits. Keep your habits positive because your habits become your values. Keep your values positive because your values become your destiny.” – Mahatma Gandhi.