Are you suffering from an advanced case of stinkin’ thinkin’?
What is stinkin’ thinkin’, you ask? Here are some tell-tale signs:
don’t likehate your job
don’t get along withhate your colleagues
don’t get along withhate your boss
don’t likehate your customers
Yip, your thinking will be stinking if it’s always peppered by a negative attitude. It’s easy to spot these people. They are the ones who complain about everything. They often refer to themselves as “realists” or “pragmatists”. Everybody else thinks they are just plain grumpy.
So, for the purpose of this post, we’ll call a person with such a negative attitude, Grumpy.
The cost of a negative attitude
What if I told you that a negative attitude will hurt you more than anybody else over the long run? Regardless of whether you are the employer or employee, according to Brandon Smith, a negative attitude is just plain bad business.
Grumpy, the worker
Usually everybody else will avoid Grumpy for fear of upsetting him. Even the boss. Nobody likes a scene. Sure, they roll their eyes behind Grumpy’s back, but no-one wants to trigger more negativity. So they avoid him.
Of course, being left alone is often exactly what Grumpy wants. The problem is that his negative attitude limits his career prospects tremendously. Because nobody wants to work with him, it is basically impossible to promote him. He just won’t be able to get the best out of any team that reports to him.
Grumpy, the manager
What happens if Grumpy is the team leader already? A negative attitude destroys morale and it chases good people away. Why should they stay on at your business? It’s not as if they will get job satisfaction or appreciation from Grumpy, is it?
Grumpy and your customers
I haven’t even touched on the disastrous effects your workers’ negative attitudes could have on your business. That’s a topic for another blog post. For the moment, the quote below will suffice.
Sales are contingent upon the attitude of the salesman, not the attitude of the prospect – William Clement Stone
Do your workers have the right attitudes toward your business, your products and services and your customers? If they don’t, what can you do to get things on the right track?
Grumpy needs an attitude of gratitude
As destructive as a negative attitude can be in your business and your life, fixing it is charmingly simple.
The inimitable Zig Ziglar explains how in the video below. All it requires is an attitude of gratitude.
It all starts with You.