Your attitude can significantly affect your life—and your work life. Your viewpoint can have an impact on your negotiations or on how clients interact with you. Time for an attitude adjustment? John Maxwell’s book, “The Difference Maker,” outlines several steps that can help you select the right attitude track and integrate it into your daily life.
- Take responsibility. Taking responsibility for your attitude is the first step. If you can say, “The attitude I possess is my responsibility and no one else’s” you’re well on your way to changing your mindset. Blaming your attitude on other people or other things won’t improve anything.
- Evaluate your present attitude. To start improving your attitude, first assess your current attitude. Identify negative feelings you have about yourself, others or your workplace that are affecting your attitude.
- Develop the desire to change. This is the key to growth in all areas of life. Ironically, most people desire improvement, yet at the same time, resist change. The problem is that you cannot improve without change. You can change—but only if you want it badly enough.
- Change your thoughts. According to Maxwell, “You are not what you think you are, but what you think…you are.” For example, in sales, if your attitude is positive and you believe you can help the prospect with your product or service, then the most difficult work is already done. It all depends on your point of view.
- Develop good habits. Negative thoughts lead to negative beliefs; negative beliefs can become the basis for wrong decisions that lead to wrong actions. When this cycle is repeated, it feeds a bad attitude. Instead, try developing one good habit at a time, such as getting up earlier or exercising. Breaking the cycle with one good habit can lead to developing more good habits—and a more positive outlook.
- Find other positive people. Avoid time with the Negative Nellies; all they do is bring you down to their negative level. Find people who have a can-do attitude and who bring out the best in you and others.
A good attitude can become the difference maker in your life, opening doors and helping you overcome great obstacles.
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