Your mom always told you about your bad attitude as a child, huh? Mine used to tell me that a bad attitude will stunt your growth. Luckily I listened because I am over six feet tall now!
But is the old wise saying even true? I would say yes. Think about it this scenario: You just had an argument with someone and minutes later you are still reeling from it. You are thinking the worse derogatory thoughts imaginable about that person. You are festering in a bad aura and can’t think about anything else. Practically seeing red.
Now it’s been ten minutes or so and you finally calm down and allow the anger to subside. But what have you gained? Nothing. But you have lost six hundred seconds of productive time. The time you could of spend achieving something worthwhile besides a bad attitude.
Now don’t get me wrong. I am not saying that you must go through life never being angry. That’s ridiculous. What I am saying is the more you stay in the positive zone, the more you will achieve. Yes, you will learn through pain, anger, and despair. But the quicker you get out of those zones and into the positive side, the faster you will see growth.
See, when you fail at something you feel beaten down and have a solemn attitude. If you wallow there, you will continue to stay at the same level. But if you take the necessary time to learn from the mistake and then apply it, you quickly move out of your current position to a better one. A lot of times it’s a vertical position and not lateral. Ultimately placing you above where you just were and at a heightened sense of awareness.
Make a conscious effort to go into work, school, or just start your day with a good attitude. Make an effort to smile and speak to people. Help out a friend at work and get them a coffee on the way in. See how much it changes their attitude and how more productive they become.
You will indeed grow and add points to your overall character and reputation amongst your colleagues. Like the picture suggests, having the right attitude will have you soaring above the clouds quickly.
What are you consciously going to do today to make sure you start the day with the right attitude?