Having a positive attitude might put a little “boogie” in your career success

									Charlie Plain |
																			June 17, 2014

Former Major League Baseball player and Hall of Famer, Wade Boggs, once said “A positive attitude causes a chain reaction of positive thoughts, events and outcomes. It is a catalyst and it sparks extraordinary results.”

Hip Hop dancer jumping and pointingI was recently making a run to the grocery store when I noticed a young man standing on the corner of two highly trafficked streets holding a promotional sign for a pizza franchise. What grabbed my attention was the dance moves and enthusiasm he was displaying. His attitude toward his job was inspiring enough that I drove to the local pizza franchise and purchased a pizza.

Upon leaving the pizza joint, I pulled up near the young man, got out of my car and handed him a $10 bill. He asked what the money was for and I explained that his dance moves and enthusiasm were inspiring, that more people should approach their work with the same attitude, and as a simple thank you. He was very grateful and then went back to showcasing his dance moves.

This experience got me thinking about my own attitude at work and the attitudes of those I work with. Reflecting on my teenage years, I wondered if I would have enjoyed the job of ‘sign holder.’ Would I have displayed the same behavior? As much as I hate to admit it, the answer is ABSOLUTELY NOT!

When it comes to your line of work, what attitude do you bring?

Remez Sasson, author of “The Power of Positive Attitude Can Change Your Life,” states that…”with a positive attitude you see the bright side of life, become optimistic, and expect the best to happen. Positive Attitude manifests into positive, constructive and creative thinking, optimism, a motivation and energy to accomplish goals, and pure happiness.” Sasson also mentions the benefits of positive attitude, saying “Positive attitude leads to happiness and success and can change your whole life. In addition, it produces more energy, increases your faith in your abilities, helps you become an inspiration to yourself and others, and earns you more respect and love from others.”

Below are a few simple remedies to put a little ‘boogie’ in your career success. Numbers 1-3 are from the article “8 Tips to Help create a Positive Mental Attitude” by Declan O’Flaherty on the website tinybuddha.com. Please go there to read more about them.

Number 4 is my own advice. Enjoy yourself!

1. Remember that you are powerful.

2. Choose to embrace life.

3. Know that no one is better qualified.

4. Have fun. As William W. Purkey once said, “You’ve got to dance like there’s nobody watching, Love like you’ll never be hurt, Sing like there’s nobody listening, And live like it’s heaven on earth.”

~Post by Darren Kaltved

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