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How Full is Your Glass? Tips to Maintain a Positive Attitude, No Matter What Work Throws Your Way

June 13th, 2013

Your client is upset with you over something you didn’t even do.

Your new employee isn’t catching on as quickly as he should.

Accounting is late delivering that key report to you.

The copier is jammed – again.

As things go wrong during your work day, it’s easy to view your glass as “half-empty.”  While you often can’t control what happens to you each day, you can control how you view these events and respond to them.  These suggestions from TRUE Group will help you maintain a healthy attitude and respond constructively – even on those difficult days:

  1. Replace negative thoughts with positive ones.  Read a positive book.  It doesn’t necessarily have to be a motivational “self-help” book, just one with an uplifting theme.  If you don’t have the time to read as often as you’d like, try a podcast or audio book.  These allow you to hear positive messages while you clean your house, exercise or commute.
  2. Don’t wait for something good to happen to you.  Go out and make something good happen!  Like exercise, altruism also naturally releases endorphins (your brain’s “feel good” chemicals).  So find a small way to brighten someone’s day.  The kindness you show will come back to you twofold.
  3. Wake up a little earlier.  Beginning your day feeling harried and rushed can start things off on the wrong note.  So give yourself an extra 15 minutes in the morning to get a head start on the day.  You can spend the time as you like – reading, meditating, getting a few things done around the house – without interruption.  Those extra minutes will help you feel more relaxed and focused, instead of feeling like you’re playing “beat the clock.”
  4. Realize that not everything will go as you planned.  It’s great to have a plan for your day, but it’s also important to be flexible when things don’t go according to that plan.  Nothing in life is absolutely perfect.  To maintain a positive attitude, accept the notion that you’ll face obstacles (some large, some small) almost every day.  Be willing to adapt your plan when things go wrong and move back toward what’s most important to you.
  5. Spend time with positive people.  Charles Swindoll once said, “I cannot even imagine where I would be today were it not for that handful of friends who have given me a heart full of joy. Let’s face it, friends make life a lot more fun.”  Friends do make life more fun – especially when they’re upbeat.  Think about it.  The people around you impact how you view yourself, your circumstances and life in general.  So surround yourself with positive people and you’ll be more positive, too.
  6. Get some exercise.  Why not get outside and take a walk?  The fresh air, sunlight and exercise can do wonders to relieve stress and lift your mood.  Exercise is also a powerful antidote to anxiety and depression.  Even when you don’t have time for a 30-minute workout, find small ways to add in a little exercise.  Take the stairs, take a 10-minute walk at lunch or even do sit-ups during commercial breaks while you’re watching TV.  Every minute you spend moving your body is a minute spent bolstering your attitude.
  7. Make leisure time a priority.  Do things for the simple reason that it feels good to do them.  Have lunch with a friend, go to a funny movie, listen to your favorite music or spend time pursuing a hobby.  Doing something fun is not indulgent – it’s an emotional and mental health necessity!

As a leading Upstate SC staffing and recruitment agency, TRUE Group is thankful to have a team of inspiring and upbeat employees with positive, can-do attitudes.  If you enjoyed this post, share it with a friend and spread a little positivity today!

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