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Positive Attitudes Produce Success!

Blog 2.24.2014 “If you don’t like something change it.  If you can’t change it, change your attitude.”

-Maya Angelou

This quote can apply to both your professional and person life.  Everyday when I awake, I make a conscious effort to look positively on the new day.  Here are a few ways to keep a positive attitude and achieve success.

1. Positive Attitude and Goals

In order to succeed, you need to set goals that are both short-term and long-term.  Once these goals are in place, make a plan of action to achieve them.  A positive attitude along with hard work and perseverance is how you WILL obtain your goals, but it’s also important to remember that progress is made in small steps.  Keeping positive in your mindset is the way to achieve these goals.  Do not let the enormity of your goals hold you back.  Every step you take, big or small, brings you closer to the end result.  Working with a positive attitude will only benefit the process.

2. Health and Attitude

Stress can actually be reduced when you maintain a positive attitude. Instead of looking at a problem as hopeless, approach it as a personal challenge.  A negative attitude often causes physical ailments as well, which can result in sick time out of the office and less productivity.  Just like diseases, a positive attitude is contagious and infectious. A positive attitude can be the key to your health and longevity. 

3. Positive Attitude Affects Customer Relationships

If you understand and believe in the product you are selling, your customers will feed off your positive attitude.  Carrying a positive assertiveness into the sales process is very important when it comes to success. If we look at the client as the opposition and feel incompetent in our skill sets we will ultimately fail. When nurturing a relationship with a client, it is very important to listen to the needs of your customer and keep an upbeat approach.  People intuitively respond to your attitude and mood.  Being confident in your abilities and prioritizing the needs of the clients is a formula for success.

4. Team Work

Try to stay away from negative behaviors and people.  Do not blame others for issues that occur. Help co-workers problem solve and never accuse or point fingers.  Remember that you are only as strong as your weakest link.  Cooperation with one another, along with everyone understanding their individual role is crucial.  A helpful attitude along with a willingness to help one achieve a goal makes a strong team.  Positivity equals productivity and TEAM success!

So remember we all have the free will to make the right choices on how we handle the tasks and obstacles of our day

Tips on how to change for the better

change aheadLast we talked about making new employees feel welcome,this week I’d like for you to review the following tips on changing for the better….See how many you can put into play.

  •  Feedback -Whenever feedback is given to you in any form, never respond by arguing about it. Instead, write it down and consider it later when your immediate flared passions are calmer. Thank the person for offering their opinion, put the advice aside for a while, and then look at it later with a cool head, and you’ll often find something specific you can improve on. If you want to be proactive about feedback, don’t be afraid to ask for it, but never argue about it.
  • Apologizing- If you realize that you have done something wrong, either very recently or in the past, apologize. Swallow a bit of pride, go up to the person, and just apologize for whatever it is. Likely, you’ll both feel better for it – you’ll lose at least some of the bad feeling and the other person will feel better too (almost always).
  • Listening- When someone speaks to you, listen to them. Don’t interrupt them, try to fully understand what they’re saying before formulating a response. This is always a strong tactic to use when someone is trying to talk to you. If you can’t fully describe and articulate the message someone is trying to deliver to you, your response is guaranteed to be less accurate and thorough than it could be if you listened to the message and to the messenger.
  • Thanking- Whenever someone does something beneficial for you, thank them. Just be sure to take the time to thank everyone who contributes to your success, both directly and in public opportunities when given the chance.

Once you’ve started to really work on these things and started eliminating the bad habits from your life, follow up on them. Wait a few months, then ask the person you’ve apologized to if things are still okay and if you are doing well on your “advertised” plan of attack. Stay diligent yourself, and try to remind yourself often of your goals. Constant follow-up keeps you on task and on focus with anything in your life.

How to make your new team members feel welcomed

Blog pictureBusinesses put a lot of time and money into recruiting, screening, interviewing and processing new employees. Discovering the mix of skills and experience and the right personality to fit the job takes time. Unfortunately, the energy often stops after the new employee orientation the first day on the job.

Why is its important to continue to make my employees feel welcomed?

While employers screen a new employee to see if they are going to be successful, new employees are also assessing their decision to take a job as well. The more you do to make new employees feel welcome and integrate into the workplace can help them decide that the job was a right choice. Here are some tips to help make new employees feel welcome.

  • Set up the new employee’s work area with everything that they will need to start working. Stock their desk or work space with office supplies like paper clips and a stapler, pens and whatever else they need the first day on the job.
  • Set up their computer with logins and passwords. Nothing is more frustrating than coming to work and not being able to login and set up your system
  • If possible, order uniforms and other special equipment so it is available within the first week or so. Uniforms give employees an identity and help them feel like part of the team.
  • Order name tags once the offer is accepted, and hand them out the first day at work. This helps other employees get to know the “newbie’s” name and encourages introductions.
  • Post a picture of the new employee in the cafeteria, bulletin board in his/her work area, and on the company’s Intranet, Facebook page, or newsletter.

Remember- Your first impression is your lasting impression.