I actually wanted to title this post “I Hate Crappy Attitudes,” but decided against it. After all, it seems rather negative, which is exactly what has me on a bit of a rant today.
Nothing irks me more than folks who are always down in the mouth.
- Things are never good.
- Work is dull, or stressful, or too slow, or organized badly, or…
- Someone is sick, or making bad decisions, or being disagreeable, or….
- Decisions are bad, or shortsighted, or ill-advised, or…
Good grief already.
I confess that I am an optimist and as such, I am often a little disappointed with reality not working out exactly as I think it should.
On the other hand, my husband is a pessimist – or as we like to call it in our house, a realist. It’s not that he thinks that the glass is half-empty, he simply thinks that the glass is as likely to be half-empty as it is to be half-full. And, in the end, that’s probably a much better balanced approach to looking at life.
The point of all of this is that I strongly believe that your attitude influences who you are and those around you.
- Do you want to work with miserable people? Simple: be a miserable person. Your attitude influences the culture around you.
- Do you want to complain about slow work? Simple: be disagreeable and people won’t want to work with you. Do it long enough and they won’t want to work with your organization.
- Do you want to feel overworked and under-appreciated? Simple: never learn to delegate and never share credit. Soon you will be overworked because no one will want to partner with you.
Life isn’t a bed of roses, but it isn’t a pile of poo either. And if you are one of those who seems to like living in a pile of poo, I’d appreciate it if you would take a shovel and move it somewhere far from me!