|1. Top 10 Ways to Keep Positive In Your Personal And Professional
Having a positive attitude is essential to professional
productivity and business success. When we have a positive
outlook, we accept who we are and allow ourselves to soar
to higher heights. But so often, professionals may have the
expertise they need to work effectively, but allow negative
attitudes to undermine their efforts and results.
Here are 10 ways you can become more positive at work:
1. TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR YOUR WORK, ACTIONS, AND LIFE.
Don’t pass the buck. Don’t make excuses. Take
responsibility; acknowledge a mistake, fix it and learn from
it. Don’t beat yourself up about the mistake, or hang
onto past mistakes. Resolve them, own them and move forward — today.
2. ADOPT A THAT-DOESN'T-WORK-FOR-ME STANCE.
When someone offers a put down, keep in mind that your worth
comes from you; your being, your true self. Others cannot
change your intrinsic value unless you let them. Make it
clear that what they are doing doesn’t work for you;
keep your boundaries and move forward.
3. RESPECT OTHER PEOPLE'S TIME AND BOUNDARIES.
You may be having a bad day, feeling stuck, or enjoy procrastinating,
but that doesn’t give you an excuse to waste other
people’s time or cross their boundaries. Time is
the most valuable thing we have. If you feel like wasting
your time, that’s your decision. But don’t
waste other people’s time. Try to use your time wisely
so you feel good about yourself.
4. MAKE A WHAT-I-HAVE-ACCOMPLISHED LIST.
Too often people make huge to-do lists and then beat themselves
up when they have only accomplished a few things on the
list. Keep your master list of what you want to accomplish
so you don’t forget things that are important to
you, but keep a second list you update daily. Each day,
keep a specific list of all the things you did and how
much time you spent on each thing. You’ll know where
the day went, can feel good about what you did accomplish,
and see where you need to focus, to get what’s most
important to you, done.
5. TAKE NOTICE OF THE PEOPLE AROUND YOU.
Co-workers, customers, clients, vendors, and other people
you come in contact with each day. Acknowledge what they
are contributing and don’t take them for granted.
Thank them for buying from you, for their help, their value
to the relationship, and for a job well done.
6. ENJOY THE LITTLE THINGS THAT HAPPEN IN YOUR DAY.
The compliment someone gave you on the insight you shared
at the staff meeting. The big smile the customer gave you
when they picked up their order. By recognizing your accomplishments
even if they seem small or routine, you are acknowledging
a job well done.
7. COMING FROM A POSITIVE ATTITUDE AND PERSPECTIVE YOU WILL
FEEL MORE IN CONTROL.
Consider each job and interaction as your best performance,
rather than just running them together as part of your day.
You will see the impact you have and the value you offer.
People will be attracted to this. They will notice how well
you do things and they will truly value you.
8. TREAT PEOPLE WITH KINDNESS AND RESPECT.
Everyone that you encounter should be valued and treated
with courtesy and respect. Acknowledge that they have feelings
and their own perspective on life; they may be different
than yours but they are also valid.
9. AVOID COMPARISON.
Don’t compare yourself to people who have not mastered
special strengths or those who may be more experienced or
accomplished. Constantly comparing yourself keeps the focus
on the other person instead of on what you can do, want to
do, and are good at doing. Look inside and improve from there.
10. ATTITUDE IS EVERYTHING, SO AVOID NEGATIVITY.
Attitude is the lens that you look through to experience
your reality. Take a look at your attitude. Are you negative?
Do you color everything with fear or need? How will your
life change if you change your attitude?