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Dealing With Negativity: Attitudes Translate Into Behaviors

Every day each of us has the freedom of choice when it comes to our ATTITUDE.

Attitudes are feelings, opinions,

perceptions and my determinations of approval or disapproval about “things that I have to deal with” as I go about living my life. Attitudes are a state-of-mind. Your state-of-mind then, cannot help but impact the people around you.

So, where am I going with this?

The behavioral psychology folks make the connection between Attitudes and Behaviors this way; How you view something, whether it is with approval or disapproval, or if your perception has created a bias or pre-determined reaction…your attitudes get acted-out. And, those “actions” are called behaviors.

So, again, where am I going with this?

In the workplace, a negative attitude sometimes becomes evident in an unwillingness to work as part of a team, finding fault with everything and everybody, lackluster performance, or a dismal outlook involving everything.

The consequence of tolerating the worker with a “bad attitude” is that attitudes have an adhesive nature. That means that one person’s bad or negative attitude can attach to other co-workers in the department.

Or, said another way, one person’s fault-finding behavior can become fault-finding among other workers.

Now, the opposite is also true. The positive attitude of an individual can rub-off on co-workers. A worker with the tendency to “make lemonade out of lemons”, can actually temper how others view changes in processes, systems, and generally, the “mood” of the workplace.

So, when you wake up tomorrow…choose your ATTITUDE. Please!



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