Attitude IS a Choice. Do you let the bad news destroy your good attitude?
Stock market has gone wild-for the worse.
Blizzards, giant snowstorms and ice smack the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast
Recent celebrity deaths including Glenn Frey (Eagles) and Celine Dion’s beloved husband-both died from cancer.
The political arena is intensifying. The boxing gloves are on.
Former Olympic downhill champion, Bill Jonson, dies.
Who wants to read or hear the news? Not me. It is very disheartening, sad, and upsetting. It’s easy to let all this bad news destroy your good attitude.
But these are the realities we live with folks. Not to mention all the problems you hear from your coworkers. And we won’t stop reading or seeing it unless we completely shutter ourselves away.
So are we to do? How do we protect ourselves so we don’t get into a funk from all the “bad stuff” that is happening? How do we keep our focus on our life and not get sucked into everything else? What can we do to not let bad news, whether from the media or neighbors or friends or family, drag us down leaving us with anxiousness and fear?
Here are my favorite strategies for owning my attitude:
- Focus on the good things in life. Every single day there are events that happen, even little ones that are good! They are uplifting. We always have a choice where to focus. If we choose to focus on all the negative and bad things, it will affect us in a negative way. If we choose to focus on the good in a person or progress we made in a day, it will affect in a positive way.
- Don’t get caught in the web of bad news. You have to know when that is happening and stop. Switch gears and think about the good things in your life. What are the blessings you have and your family? There is so much good, if we just look for it.
- This leads me to a short story. Of course living in Las Vegas, I hear lots of comments from people about “How can you live in Las Vegas? Sex, drugs, gambling.” Yes, I am aware that is all here. It is also in every other city in this country. Maybe we see more of it or are just more open about it, but it is everywhere. I have lived here for 15 years and love Las Vegas. What I see is beautiful mountain ranges, lots of sunshine, happy people, swaying palm trees, growth, vitality, energy; people who are victors, champions and visionaries. All of that gives me energy to do more and want to be more.
- Set goals! Yes. People who have goals, whether big or small; personal or professional, have better attitudes than people who have no goals. That is because when people with goals wake up, they are focused on the steps they need to take to achieve their goals. They don’t have time to get caught up in bad news, gossip, jealously, waste less conversation, or even just being on Facebook all day. On February 24, I am hosting a free webinar on Actualizing Your Professional Goals (10:00 – 11:00 Pacific Time). You might want to listen in. I am certain it will inspire you to start 2016 off on the right foot.
- Insulate yourself. I carry an invisible bubble with me all day. This bubble protects me, most of the time. So while I hear sad or bad news and am very sympathetic, the bubble keeps it away from coming into my spirit and soul which is not healthy for me. Sometimes, like two weeks ago, when all I heard was bad news from deaths to cancers, I have to work extra hard at shielding myself. I am exposed to thousands of people through my work and so I hear lots of bad/sad news. Again, I must protect myself and stay upbeat so I can help others.
- Attitude is a choice. I have been speaking on this very topic since 1990 and I know it to be true. I have applied it hundreds of times in my life, both personal and professional. Bad things happen to all of us. The good news is we get to choose the attitude we want to embrace. Yes, it’s ok to cry, scream, kick and be angry that something not so great or even horrible has happened to you or a family member. But then choose to go down a better path. Don’t spiral down with negativity; spiral up with positivity, hope, faith and goodness.
There is a wonderful quote Charles Swindoll. We pass this quote out to everyone who attends our Star Achievement Series® training. In part of the quote, Charles says:
“We cannot change our past… we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude…
I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it. And so it is with you, we are in charge of our attitudes.” – Charles Swindoll
I would love for you to have the entire Attitude quote on nice border paper so you can keep it by your desk. We have provided a downloadable PDF for you. And feel free to share it with friends, family and coworker. Keep this quote nearby so you can be reminded often.
My friends, let’s send lots of positivity into the world. There is so much hurt and fear but we can conquer that with love. Make sure you talk about the good things in your life and the happy moments you hear about. Don’t be a spreader of the “bad news” disease.
That is my wish for 2016!