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Where’s That Positive Attitude?


Robby

Every book on self-help probably mentions it at least once. Coaches and teachers offer it as constant advice. You must have a positive attitude. Why does this matter so much at work?

There are lots of good reasons to have a positive attitude. If you are upbeat, people will want to be around you. If you are negative, they will want to avoid you. Getting promoted at work often requires being well-liked (whether you want it or not).

A positive attitude does not mean always being an optimist. It doesn’t mean you are unable to be sympathetic or give criticism. It doesn’t mean that you can’t have a bad day or experience frustration.

Rather, a positive attitude means that you assume, on average, that things will get better. That information you don’t have yet is just as likely to help as it is to hurt. A positive mental attitude is something that points you in a useful direction.

Positive Attitude
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I’m not saying you need to be happy all the time, or that you need to pretend failure doesn’t happen. But you can celebrate what went wrong by studying it so you can figure out how to make things go right.

This is one of the most significant issues I encounter when I speak to people about their jobs–or about their job search–here in Central Indiana. “Nobody’s hiring,” they say. “My job stinks, but I’m afraid to quit,” they complain.

Remember that it’s unlikely anyone will want to help you unless you clearly want to help yourself. So show off that positive attitude. Be upbeat. Make choices that will send you in a positive direction.

If you don’t, you’ll end up staying where you are. And who wants that?

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About the Blogger: Robby Slaughter is a productivity speaker and expert. He is a principal with a AccelaWork, an Indianapolis consulting firm.

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