Seeing The “Glass Half Full” [Part 1]
When was the last time you looked at a challenging situation and saw the glass half full? If you can’t remember, or just seeing this expression makes you annoyed or frustrated, then you need to keep reading. The glass half full is about having a positive attitude. A positive attitude is a feeling you have, a disposition, or a state of mind. It’s how you view life and situations as well as the actions you express toward them. Attitude makes or breaks careers. The newest information available says that employers aren’t just hiring for skills – they expect you to have the required skills for the job – they are hiring based on attitude. If you are currently in a job, the same holds true; attitude is rising on the list of important attributes for success.
The current thinking is that you will have a better outcome, even when the odds are stacked against you, when you have a positive, glass half full, attitude. When your thinking is positive and optimistic, your communication will reflect those thoughts. Don’t allow negative thinking to adversely impact you or others.
For example, if you’re hunting for a job and feel negative as time passes, you become mired in those thoughts and you begin to drag through your days and see fewer possibilities. When you get a job interview, your negativity can be perceived by others and your chances for landing the job plummets. Well trained interviewers will observe every part of your demeanor, from the way you speak, to every facet of your body language. If your attitude is poor, it will be revealed even if you don’t intend for it to show.
When you work on having more positive thoughts your brain becomes more resilient in the face of challenges and you see more opportunities. Great sales people seem to think this way because they find the silver lining in every situation.
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About the author:
Diane Allen is a leadership development consultant and founder of the Strategic Leadership Academy (www.strategicleadershipacademy.com). She has spent over twelve years helping senior leaders and middle managers create success by building their personal and organizational leadership skills.