It has been just over two weeks now since something drastic happened to my family. My sister, in the middle of moving from one house to another, had a stroke. I am sure that stress played a factor in this, as you may know moving is stressful. And, the past few months combined have been stressful. Just for example, her husband had a heart attack while they were on vacation in the Philippines.
So… is attitude really that important? It is for my sister right now. Her overwhelming and positive attitude has already resulted in her voice returning to almost normal and she said yesterday that she was able to play some type of sport in therapy where she had to use both arms and legs.
Yes… attitude is important and it is just as important in your business world. It seems to me that many times during our regularly programmed day we symbolically strap ourselves to the back of a bad attitude. We hold on to that attitude with all our strength not willing to let go. We seem to think that if we hold on long enough we will conquer it and win a big prize. However, the people we care about and love are standing on the sidelines watching and wondering when will the eight seconds be over?
I recently interviewed a person that has had many bumps and bruises in life. Such a tough life that anyone would agree; she defiantly has the right to have a bad attitude. The amazing thing is her outlook on each day of her life is one of power and success. She knows that she is someone special and has a lot to offer her employer, her family, and herself. So, what does she have that causes her attitude to be positive each day?
In interviewing her I found FIVE things that only takes eight seconds to apply. It has been said that attitude determines your altitude. If you apply these five tips you will find that your life will climb to exciting new heights.
1. Smile. It has been proven that smiling results in chemicals being released in the body resulting in increased health and energy.
2. Speak something positive about yourself. Each day we hear all kinds of negative remarks about ourselves. From heart-piercing jokes from friends to television advertisements telling us that we must be in perfect physical shape to reach our goals in life. Creating a habit of positive self-talk will build our self-esteem with tremendous benefits.
3. Count your blessings – family members, occupation, material things. We are so blessed. Stopping to count your blessings will cause you to be satisfied with who you are and what you have. Having goals to achieve greatness is important, but not being satisfied with what God has blessed you with will only cause you to become frustrated and desiring the proverbial “grass on the other side of the fence.”
4. Treat someone you care about or work with as if they are the most important person in the world
5. Don’t take yourself so serious – learn to laugh, especially at yourself.
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