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Attitude: a vital skill

Attitude: a vital skill. It determines the future of an individual and companies. It should be addressed consistently and maintained constructively. Attitude is especially important after the challenges Covid-19 threw at us.

Definition:

An attitude refers to a set of emotions, beliefs, and behaviours toward a particular object, person, thing, or event. Attitudes are often the result of experience or upbringing, and they can have a powerful influence over behaviour. While attitudes are enduring, they can also change. Kendra Cherry

Types of Attitude

The 4 basic types of attitudes by Yashasvi in Styles At Life:

1. Positive Attitude: One needs to understand how much a positive attitude it takes to keep the work moving and progressing. It means that keeping a positive mindset and thinking about the greater good, no matter whatever the circumstances are.

2. Negative Attitude: A negative attitude is something that every person should avoid. Generally, people will negative attitude ignore the good things in life and only think about whether they will fail.

3. Neutral Attitude: This is another type of attitude that is common. That mindset is a neutral one. There is no doubt. Neither is there any kind of hope. The people generally tend to ignore the problems in life.

4. Sikken Attitude: The most dangerous attitude and different. The sikken attitude has the calibre to destroy every image that comes in connection with a positive image. This is more of a negative attitude and is very destructive.

Characteristics of Attitudes

Attitudes are not tangible, we cannot see them, they are hypothetical and can be inferred but not directly observed. It is a hypothetical construct, representing an individual’s dislike or like for an item.

Attitudes are directed at some other object or person. They are different to emotions or moods, in that we can be happy for no particular reason.

 They are relatively enduring. Emotions can be over very quickly, but attitudes are quite stable. You may be extremely opposed to the legalisation of drugs, and your attitude is unlikely to change quickly.

Attitudes are thought to influence behaviour. For example, a positive attitude towards a political may lead us to vote for him/her.

Attitudes are also more motivating than emotions and habits. For example, if you do not like men with punk hairstyles, you may be moved to move to another seat in the train.

Attitudes can be implicit or explicit. Implicit attitudes are unconscious beliefs that can still influence behaviour and decisions. Whilst explicit attitudes are conscious beliefs that guide decisions and behaviour.

Importance of attitude: a vital skill

The importance of attitudes is as follows:

A. When you have the right attitude, you can never be disabled in life, no matter how many bumps you encounter on your journey.

B. With the right attitude everything can change, make things how you want them to be.

C. It so your attitude in life that would determine if you would succeed or fail.

D. With the right attitude, we may not be able to change everyone or their opinions, even though we may consider them vague, but we certainly can change ours.

E. In life, our living is determined not so much by what life brings to us, but by the attitude we bring to life; not so much by what happens to us as by the way our mind looks at what happens.

F. With the right attitude in life, you will develop lots of reasons why you should succeed than reasons why you should fail.

G. A wise man once said – “Attitudes are based on assumptions. In order to change attitudes, one must first change one’s assumptions.” I believe he is right.

H. Your attitude towards life that will determine life’s attitude towards you. Life plays no favourites, contrary to many people’s believe. Whitney Edna Ibe

Attitude: a vital skill before, during and post Covid-19

Another thought of the importance: According to a Stanford Research Institute study: “The path to success is comprised of 88% attitude and only 12% education. This does not imply that education is of little importance, but it only goes to show how vital it is to foster the proper attitude regards to a person’s success. Once you have arrived at the right attitude, it then becomes much easier for things to just fall into place.”

Also consider this: Our attitude is what influences all our actions. It is only the right attitude, which gets us good results. All the smiles and hand-shakes are not going to get you far, if you do not have the attitude to help others, without any selfish expectations in return. Vikram Gokhale

Testimony from real life: Experience over that last 25+ years leads to these four truths about attitude: Attitude is a habit. Attitude is highly valued. Those who have technical expertise AND a solid positive attitude can change the world. Attitude affects everything. Attitude is a choice. This one is the most important. We can choose our attitude. And the choices we make will affect everything else (as the other truths tell us). Kevin Eikenberry

The Power of Attitude

i. For better or worse, your attitude affects your performance and your response.

ii. Your attitude has a profound impact on the way you lead people.

iii. It affects the way you sell and the way you serve customers.

iv. Has a direct impact on how you communicate and collaborate with others.

v. How you contribute to the culture of your work environment.

vi. How you perform your daily tasks and responsibilities.

vii. Ultimately, your attitude shapes your success and your happiness.

viii. Other things being equal, the person with the best attitude will win. Other things not being equal, the person with the best attitude usually wins. Focus3.com

8 Ways to Improve Your Attitude

1. Always act with a purpose. Before you take any action, decide how it will serve your greater goals. Aimless activity wastes time and energy.

2. Stretch yourself past your limits every day. Doing the same-old, same-old is depressing, even if your same-old has been successful in the past.

3. Take action without expecting results. Take your best shot but do not obsess about the target.

4. Use setbacks to improve your skills. Rather than feeling bad if you fail or get rejected, look back at your actions and see what you can do to improve your performances.

Attitude: a vital skill

5. Seek out those who share your positive attitude. Your brain automatically imitates the behaviors of the people around you.  Therefore, you should surround yourself with positive thinkers and shun those who are excessively negative.

6. Don’t take yourself so seriously. If you don’t laugh at yourself, I guarantee you that the people you work with are laughing behind your back!

7. Forgive the limitations of others. It’s crazy to make yourself miserable because other people cannot do a job as well as you think you could, or when people don’t share your vision with the same passion that you feel.

8. Say “thank you” more frequently. You must, and should, thank other people for their gifts to you, even if that gift is something as simple as a smile. BY GEOFFREY JAMES, CONTRIBUTING EDITOR, INC.COM

Remember… developing and sustaining a positive attitude is not merely a quick-fix motivational technique. It is a disciplined skill that must be practiced and learned. Focus3.com

10 Creative Ways to Keep a Positive Attitude

Written by Swetha Amaresan

1. Start a gratitude journal. There’s so much for which to be grateful in life, so why not remind yourself of that on a daily basis?

2. Treat yourself to some self-care every day. It is always important to take care of both your physical and mental health.

3. Start every morning strong. It’s easier to maintain a positive attitude all day if you implement it right when you open your eyes.

4. Avoid spreading gossip. It can be hard to avoid gossip, but simply refuse to get involved.

5. Crack more jokes. Humor truly is the best medicine. Laughter has great short-term results on your mindset and body. According to the Mayo Clinic, laughter can increase endorphins, relieve stress, and release tension.

Attitude: a vital skill

6. Take real breaks. A break — even for 30 minutes — can re-energize you and make you more motivated to continue your work for that day.

7. Have something to look forward to after work. By penciling in some fun time several days a week, you can find a healthy way to balance your personal and professional life.

8. Practice meditation. It can do a lot to decrease stress and anxiety, as well as improve mental and spiritual health. Another study showed that meditation was able to decrease anxiety in health care professionals.

9. Focus on the long-term instead of the short-term. When a conflict arises, take a second to step back and view the situation from a third-party perspective. Rather than snapping back, you can practice empathy. Get to the root of the problem and end the conversation on a positive, lighter note.

10. Listen to music that matches your mood. It seems ironic, but sad music may actually help boost your mood. According to a research study, many people tune into sad songs as a form of mood enhancement. A different study states that sad music might evoke positive moods because sadness somehow feels satisfying and cheerful when experienced through art. Cue up some Adele, and let your negative mood disappear.

Conclusion

Now that you’re equipped with all the creative tools you need, you can set yourself on a path to a positive, refreshing attitude on life. And maybe, just maybe, this will help you find more happiness in your work life, too.

QUOTES

One of the quotes of life:

Harvard psychologist Williams James: The greatest discovery of my generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitudes of mind.

Other quotes:

“One of the most important steps you can take toward achieving your greatest potential in life is to learn to monitor your attitude and its impact on your work performance, relationships and everyone around you.” Keith Harrell

“A positive attitude: the world’s most underrated secret to success.” Marie Forleo

“If you do not like something, change it. If you cannot change it, change your attitude.” Maya Angelou

“Your problem isn’t the problem, it is your attitude about the problem.” Ann Brashares

“Excellence is not a skill. It is an attitude.” Ralph Marston

“The meaning of things lies not in the things themselves, but in our attitude towards them.” Antoine de Saint-Exupery

“Two things define you: your patience when you have nothing and your attitude when you have everything.” George Bernard Shaw

Winston Churchill “Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.”

“Attitude is everything, so pick a good one.” Wayne Dyer

“Attitude is altitude.” Nick Vujicic

“Your attitude, not your aptitude, will determine your altitude.” Zig Ziglar

Attitude: a vital skill

“Attitude will always define who we are in life.” Mark A. Brennan

“Take the attitude of a student, never be too big to ask questions, never know too much to learn something new.” Og Mandino

“A bad attitude is like a flat tire. You cannot go anywhere until you change it.” Unknown

“Always keep that happy attitude. Pretend that you are holding a beautiful fragrant bouquet.” Earl Nightingale

“Your attitude is more important than your capabilities. Similarly, your decision is more important than your capabilities.” Jack Ma

“Ability is what you are capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.”  Lou Holtz

“Having a positive mental attitude is asking how something can be done rather than saying it cannot be done.” Robert Foster Bennett

“A happy person is not a person in a certain set of circumstances, but rather a person with a certain set of attitudes.” Hugh Downs

“You cannot tailor-make the situations in life but you can tailor-make the attitudes to fit those situations.” Zig Ziglar

“When you take control of your attitude, you take control of your life.” Roy T. Bennett