101 Ways to Make Yourself Indispensable at Work:Develop a Positive Attitude

You have probably heard the expression “attitude is everything”; in the workplace, it takes on a special meaning. Your attitude can make or break your career; it affects how well you perform and has a direct influence on how people perceive you and how they react to you. A positive work attitude encompasses everything from displaying desirable character traits to getting along with others, accepting additional responsibility, and doing the best work possible. A positive attitude is not merely a happy-go-lucky, smiling persona. It is an accumulation of optimistic and constructive personal traits that are displayed in a willing, consistent manner. It shows from the inside out.

So how does one go about creating the type of attitude that employers look for when hiring and promoting employees?

Sometimes all it takes is a shift in thinking brought about by changing our internal dialog. Much of our negativity comes from pessimistic, unconstructive self-talk churning through our minds from morning to night. Reversing that self-talk by replacing it with upbeat, constructive language will bolster your self-esteem and ultimately your attitude. Make a conscious effort to listen to yourself when you speak and to eliminate negative words from your vocabulary by exchanging them for more positive ones. It is likened to looking at a glass as half full rather than half empty.
Obstacles and disappointments are bound to occur throughout your career. When they do, make up your mind to seek solutions, to discover what you can do versus what you cannot do. A “cannot” Attitude will invariably bring you down, whereas a “can do “attitude gives you hope.

Being aware of the attitude you project is a constant process. Some days may be frustrating or even boring as you perform the same tasks over and over. When you notice yourself becoming disapproving and cranky or unmotivated and bored, think pleasant thoughts.

101 Ways to Make Yourself Indispensable at Work. 101 Ways to Make Yourself Indispensable at Work, ISBN: 9781435454323Prepared for jhale@cba.ua.edu, Joanne Hale© 2011 Safari Books Online, LLC. This download file is made available for personal use only and is subject to the Terms of Service. Any other use requires prior written consent from the copyright owner. Unauthorized use, reproduction and/or distribution are strictly prohibited and violate applicable laws. All rights reserved.


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