Posts Tagged attitude

Develop an Attitude of Gratitude

I am holding onto my theme for the New Year. Gratitude sums up how I feel about my life. I have so much to be grateful for. All I need do is look around me and I know that I am blessed. I have a loving wife, children and grandchildren that I am proud of, a sister and brother-in-laws that bring joy, and nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews that are wonderful. I have friends that keep me centered and that spur my spiritual and mental growth. They are wonderful story tellers. I am surrounded by creative people. My neighbors are thoughtful and kind people.

The church I attend has sustained me through the deep valleys in my life. The writing group I attend encourages me to try new things. Although no one enjoys going to see the doctor, we like and trust ours. Brandy and Jan, care givers for Carol and helpers to me, are simply wonderful.

My friend, Dr. Monty Knight, recently said when speaking of the motion he has lost in his right arm, “I am not unhappy that I can no longer do these things. I am happy that I got to do them.”

As another year approaches I want to develop an attitude of gratitude and practice it more lavishly. For one who was not supposed to survive, I am here looking forward to what lies ahead. Yes, there are still things on my bucket list, but I am grateful for the buckets I have already filled and for all of those wonderful people that helped me fill them.

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Polish Your Image

            In economic down times such as these you need every edge you can get to position yourself as the right person for the right job at the right time. When times are tough, it is time to return to the basics, to the tried and true. People want to feel comfortable with you. In times such as these employers are less willing to take a chance. Manage your image. Everything counts. Remember that you are always on stage. Someone is always watching. You are always communicating. Make certain that you communicate the message that you intend to send. If it is possible to misunderstand what you say or do, someone will.

Be well groomed – hair, fingernails, shoes, crisp appearance.

Be polite. Put the other person at ease.

Be attentive. Maintain eye contact with the other person.

Listen actively. Do not fake it. Listening is key.

Scrub your language. Use absolutely no profanity.

Adjust your attitude. Be positive and enthusiastic – not cocky.

Be early. If you are late, you are dead.

Be prepared to answer and ask questions.

Be honest and tactful.

Under no circumstances criticize your previous employer.

Practice your handshake. It should be firm, but no death grip.

Send a thank you note after an interview.

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Polish Your Image

            In economic down times such as these you need every edge you can get to position yourself as the right person for the right job at the right time. When times are tough, it is time to return to the basics, to the tried and true. People want to feel comfortable with you. In times such as these employers are less willing to take a chance. Manage your image. Everything counts. Remember that you are always on stage. Someone is always watching. You are always communicating. Make certain that you communicate the message that you intend to send. If it is possible to misunderstand what you say or do, someone will.

Be well groomed – hair, fingernails, shoes, crisp appearance.

Be polite. Put the other person at ease.

Be attentive. Maintain eye contact with the other person.

Listen actively. Do not fake it. Listening is key.

Scrub your language. Use absolutely no profanity.

Adjust your attitude. Be positive and enthusiastic – not cocky.

Be early. If you are late, you are dead.

Be prepared to answer and ask questions.

Be honest and tactful.

Under no circumstances criticize your previous employer.

Practice your handshake. It should be firm, but no death grip.

Send a thank you note after an interview.

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Trust – Key – 41

            Every worker says that he or she wants to work for someone that he or she trusts. Trust is the basis for all of our relationships. Trust more. You will be rewarded with deeper more meaningful relationships. Cultivate trust and work hard to maintain and strengthen it. Trust takes time to grow and mature, but it can be destroyed in an instant. There is no doubt that at some point your trust will be misplaced; however, the small number of times that will happen will be far outnumbered by the times your trust is well placed. Trusting is a far better way to live than not trusting. Dr. Ollie Backus, a renowned professor at the University of Alabama, often said, “If the attitude is straight, you can trust the behavior.”

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