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Attitude Check: How to Refine and Refocus at Work

Posted by Kathy Collins

January 11, 2016

It's a fact that people want to be around others who have a positive attitude.  A good friend recently told me their philosophy that there are two different kinds of employees in the workplace--those who point out problems and those who solve problems.  Being a problem solver also requires a good deal of diplomacy and a positive attitude.  Employees with positive outlooks tend to be more productive due to the fact that they always see opportunity within every challenge presented.  They do not waste time worrying, they put put their energies into more productive activities.  There are many benefits to having a positive work attitude, and many ways to help yourself cultivate a positive work attitude.

 Benefits of Having a Positive Work Attitude Include:

  • Better coping skills as you are in the right frame of mind to cope with stressful situations
  • Ability to inspire and motivate others 
  • Ability to turn a challenge into an opportunity
  • A positive attitude is contagious, soon affecting everyone in the workplace
  • A positive person is much more apt to be perceived as a leader in the workplace
  • When you expect positive results, you usually get them, which results in more success at work
  • Ability to stick to a project, see it through to completion which heightens job satisfaction
  • Resilience-you have the ability to more easily bounce back from setbacks

How to Cultivate a Positive Attitude:

Which brings us to the more important question of how do I cultivate or reset my current mindset to a positive work attitude?  It's as simple as taking responsibility for your own life, you are the only one that can truly change your attitude.  Prepare for each day's responsibilities and plan out progress at a reasonable pace.  Also, it's important to develop a habit of using only positive language in meetings, working 1-to-1 with a co-worker and in any situation that you are placed throughout your day.  Try to surround yourself with positive people and smile and laugh as much as possible.  Laughter has been scientifically proven time and time again to relax the whole body, boost your immune system and release endorphins.  

Perform your work with enthusiasm and always thank others and give positive feedback with a job well done.  Look for the good in every situation.  It's there, sometimes you just have to spend a little more time defining it.  Likewise, by looking for the good in a situation allows you to pinpoint the good and problem-solve who to inject more good than bad by your focus on that area.  Lastly, take good care of your physical, mental and spiritual self.  You cannot be good to others if you're not good to yourself first and foremost.

20 Quotes to Help You Refocus Your Work Attitude Today:

  1. It's not the load that breaks you down, it's the way you carry it. - Lou Holtz
  2. Do your work with your whole heart and you will succeed - there is so little competition. - Elbert Hubbard
  3. Nothing is work, unless you'd rather be doing something else. - George Halas
  4. All things are difficult before they are easy. - Thomas Fuller
  5. Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work. - Aristotle
  6. The harder I work, the luckier I get - Samuel Goldwyn
  7. Give yourself something to work toward - constantly. - Mary Kay Ash
  8. It is not in the stars to hold our destiny, but in ourselves. - William Shakespeare
  9. Work without love is slavery. - Mother Theresa
  10. The secret of getting ahead, is getting started. - Mark Twain
  11. If you cannot work with love, but only with distaste, it is better to leave your work. - Khalil Gibran
  12. When your work speaks for itself, don't interrupt. - Henry J. Kaiser
  13. There are two kinds of people, those who do the work and those who take the credit. Try to be in the first group; there is less competition there. - Indira Gandhi
  14. Well done, is better than well said. - Benjamin Franklin
  15. Study the past, if you would divine the future. - Confucius
  16. Believe you can and you are halfway there. - Theodore Roosevelt
  17. When we no longer can change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves. - Viktor E. Frankl
  18. Change your thoughts and you change your world. - Norman Vincent Peale
  19. Choose a job you love and you'll never have to work a day in your life. - Confucius

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