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We know how easy it can be to let little things discourage or distract us from our work priorities. But bear in mind, attitude plays a critical role in career success. In fact, a study by psychologist Carol Dweck reported that your attitude is a better indicator of success than your IQ. Approaching work enthusiastically is the best way to be. Despite your level of job satisfaction, the ability to maintain an optimistic work attitude is a skill that can advance any employee, in every industry. Our team has constructed a few pointers to help achieve good work attitude and how it can help you grow and set you apart from the competition.
- Change the way you think
If you enjoy what you do, training yourself to control negative thoughts shouldn’t be all that difficult. However, if you see your job as a chore, work enthusiasm can be a bit more challenging. We recommend finding little things to look forward on a day-to-day basis. If you don’t like filing papers, take it as a motivation and get it done first, then move forward to the more welcoming tasks. That way, by the time it comes to the last hours of your shift, you’re not overwhelmed having to do what you don’t like. Similarly, it may also be helpful to put off your favored activities for the end of the day, therefore, you end your workday feeling better and more satisfied.
- Go without Complaining
Complaining is a major setback in the workplace. Not only is complaining entirely futile, it can also leave a negative impression on your coworkers. Perception is reality; if you’re constantly reiterating your lack of satisfaction, chances are you won’t be satisfied any time soon. In addition, attitudes can be transmittable. Complaining can not only hurt you but may also have a negative impact on those around you. Instead, be accepting of your obligations and looking for efficient and enjoyable ways to do them is key to good work attitude.
- Work with a Purpose
Losing a sense of purpose at work can be detrimental to your work habits. One way to go about this is by setting realistic goals, perhaps a promotion or job assignment — it can make your work all that more meaningful. A recent report by Forbes cites that expecting results from your hard work can also keep you motivated and engaged. Your quality of work and level of enthusiasm can not only land you your dream job but can also positively influence your company’s bottom line as well as reputation.
- Embrace Failure
Welcome the possibility of failures at work. It can be a good way to preserve a positive attitude upon the occurrence of personal shortcomings. Trial and error encourages skill development and long-term professional success. Strategically using failure as a means of self-improvement makes you more open to challenges and opportunities. Failure goes hand-in-hand with self-improvement; using inadequacies to inspire you will help you better your performance and quality of work. In fact, risk taking and small failures are vital in the development of a corporate leader.
By staying conscious of your approach to work, you have the possibility of enhancing your quality of work, professional relationships, and overall success level. Finding your purpose, not letting setbacks bring you down and maintaining a hopeful attitude can be what distinguishes you from your competition. We understand that this requires considerable self-discipline and practice, however, doing so can not only help you reach new heights in your career, it can also make you a more productive and fulfilled person.
By: Kimberly Milani
Contributor: Mariana Paranhos
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