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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Positive Atitudes Should Not Be Denied

In our world it is easy to look around and focus on the negative. Maybe, you're at a job you don't love or maybe you're feeling a lot of pressure. No matter the reason, you may not be able to change your working environment however, you can change your attitude towards work by taking a few steps.

A few years ago I worked as a one-on-one assistant in a special needs classroom. The first year I worked at the school the teacher I worked under was amazing. She encouraged me to be independent, asked my opinion on items with this particular student and encouraged my leadership abilities in the classroom.  The next year, I was placed with a different teacher but worked with the same student. 

It was evident early on in the year, that the expectations with this teacher were very different than the teacher the year before. However, it quickly became personal. The teacher made negative remarks about me as a person not me as a worker. I became frustrated, negative and withdrawn. Getting up to go to work was an extreme chore.  

Then, one day towards the end of the school year a friend of mine invited me to a women's bible study. Although, this was not something I would usually attend I decided it would be a nice change of pace. The lady that was running the session, started by discussing a job where she was in a similar position as I. She told her story of how her job was affecting everything in her life. And how she finally realized she needed a change.

She began the necessary work to change her attitude and the way she felt towards her employer. She put in the time to change her outlook towards things in her life. She worked on thinking positive thoughts.  She completed activities that helped her find balance, such as Yoga and women's groups. 
A short amount of time had passed and she woke up early in the morning, excited to go to work. She entered work everyday with a smile on her face. 

When she reflected on things a year later she realized nothing had changed except her attitude. Her boss treated her exactly the same. Customers still complained. Her job was the exact same as it was before. But she changed by changing her negative thoughts to positive thoughts.

Here a few suggestions to help change a negative attitude to a positive:

1. Wake up every morning and before you open eyes think of something that makes you happy.

2. When you catch yourself thinking a negative thought about your job turn it into a positive and then move on.

3. Spend time with positive people at your work place.

4. Smile, even if you don't feel like it.

5. Make a habit of leaving work at work and enjoy your outside time. It can help you feel refreshed when you are there.

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