Seth Godin got me thinking, again, when he spoke about the choices we make.
“Attitude is the most important choice any of us will make. We made it yesterday and we get another choice to make it today. And then again tomorrow.
The choice to participate.
To be optimistic.
To intentionally bring out the best in other people.
To inquire, to be curious, to challenge the status quo.
To give people the benefit of the doubt.
To find hope instead of fear in the face of uncertainty.
Of course, these are attitudes. What else could they be?
And of course, they are a choice.
No one does these things to us. We choose them and do the work (and find the benefits) that come with them.”
Seth’s Words Had Me Reflecting on My Attitude. Today. Yesterday. Last week
Mostly my attitude is optimistic and constructive. But every so often I slip up. And there are costs.
Mostly the costs are to the impact I have on others—as well as how happy I feel.
As A Leader of a Team, Your Attitude Has a Significant Impact
People like it when their boss participates, is optimistic, brings out the best in them, is curious, challenges the status quo, gives them the benefit of the doubt and is hopeful rather than fearful.
Have you noticed that, when you have that mindset, you create happy, optimistic, curious, hopeful team members who constructively challenge the status quo?
Clearly, those attitudes are good for productivity.
And the reverse applies.
So, what attitude choices will you be making? Today. Tomorrow. Next week.
Your Call to Action
How is your attitude right now?
What choice will you make tomorrow? Next week?
Can you be a force for good? Will you?
It counts. It really counts.
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