A Leader’s Attitude is Contagious
As a leader in your organization, you are fully aware that people pay attention to what you do much more than to what you say. So how can you ensure that your attitude (that underlying ingredient to behavior) is positive and is generating the behaviors and actions that you want your team to emulate?
Well, below are 10 techniques or ways to maintain and/or create a positive and powerful attitude both at work and at home.
1. Be Grateful – Frequently take a mental inventory of all those things and people in your life that you are thankful for. Writing down your inventory has an even more powerful impact on your attitude.
2. Be A Giver – Be in service to others with a clear intention of unconditional giving and watch what you get back. Remember that “we reap what we sow”.
3. Get Rid of the “Poison” – Find someone you trust completely and vent your frustrations, negative feelings and thoughts. Do this frequently to prevent the negative build up within you which is sure to spill over into what you say and do at work and at home. Make sure that the other person doesn’t spread the poison you’re unloading by venting to someone outside of your organization.
4. Set Written Goals – Big and small…Make sure to measure your results and to celebrate your successes along the way. A sense of accomplishment does wonders for your attitude toward life. “Success breeds success.”
5. Surround Yourself with Positive People – You’ve heard the old adage, “Misery loves company.” Well the opposite is true with people who are striving for excellence in their lives vs. mediocrity. “Eagles like to soar with other eagles!” You may not always have a choice as to whom you work with, but you sure do have a choice in your personal life.
6. Exercise Routinely – We all know about the body’s magical chemical called “endorphins”. Let me say that after I work out – be it a 30 to 45 minute jog or vigorous walk in the fresh air, I tend to look at my life challenges in a more positive light. It must be those darn “endorphins”.
7. Do Things You Enjoy Doing – Treat yourself when your attitude begins to show signs of negativity. The objective is to catch this “downward spiral” early by talking with a friend, going to a movie, reading, playing a round of golf, playing tennis, eating your favorite dessert or meal, listening to music, etc..
8. Use Affirmations – Write down 3 – 5 affirmations on three 3 X 5 index cards. Place one on your bathroom mirror, one on your refrigerator, and one in your wallet or purse. Recite out loud these affirmations 3 times a day – first thing in the morning, at lunch or midday, and last thing before you go to bed. Say each affirmation 3 times per session. Structure your affirmations in the present tense. A suggested format is, “I am a person who ___________________.” Do this for 30 days in a row and I promise you that your attitude toward yourself and life will improve.
9. Laugh and Smile - Even if you don’t feel like it! Physiologically, laughter triggers healthy physical changes in your body that strengthens your immune system, boosts your energy, and acts as a powerful antidote to stress, pain and conflict.
10. Discover Your Purpose in Life – Take time to discover what your meaning for living is. Once you are clear about your purpose, live it with passion – choose to live a purpose driven life.