I have interviewed people who had all the right stuff, but failed in answering one simple question, “Would you tell me about your last job?”
It wasn’t what they said. It was how they said it.
Their voice tensed. Their eyes narrowed. I could feel their anger and/or fear in answering my question. I did not know what was wrong, but I just knew there was something that was not right. The interview would sour and head south.
“85% of the reason people get jobs and get ahead in those jobs is because of attitude,” reads a stunning statement written by world famous motivational speaker and author Zig Ziglar.
The fact is that most people enter a crossroads with a mixture of positive and negative feelings that influences their attitudes – for better or worse. For example, if you are:
- Mis-employed: You may feel miserable, anxious, frustrated, restless and confused – or – your feelings may be filled with hope, excitement and anticipation of better things.
- Happily-employed, but: You may feel incompleteness although everything is going great – or – your feelings may be deep and joyful as you seek meaning and purpose in work.
- Unemployed: You may be stunned, hurt, angry, fearful, depressed, guilty or ashamed – or – your feelings reflect relief, renewed energy and a positive outlook about a new future.
That is why Attitude must be exercised every day.
Rate Your Attitude.
Let’s see where you rank on the 10-point Attitude-O-Meter. Be honest with yourself and circle the number that reflects your attitude right this minute.
If you are like most people, your attitude reflects your circumstances. If circumstances are bad or ugly, you will feel and act badly or ugly. You begin to live in The Pit. A positive attitude, however, turns stumbling blocks into building blocks. It propels you above and beyond your circumstances. You will feel better, sound better and look better. But is it possible to be in The Pit circumstantially, yet live each day with a positive attitude of joy?
“Consider it pure joy … whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”
“Impossible” you might say? Yes, except all things are “HimPossible” to those who surrender to, depend on and trust in God.
Change Your Attitude
Let’s start with a decision to reset your attitude. Go back to the Attitude-O-Meter and draw a square around a higher number.
Congratulations! You have just begun working toward a new, more positive and joyful attitude. Now let’s look at the work required to reach this new attitude setting. Read this key passage from the Bible:
“Forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”
Look carefully. You will see three principles at work that will help you achieve a positive attitude:
- “Forgetting what lies behind” is about accepting loss.
- “Reaching forward to what lies ahead” is about accepting opportunity.
- “Pressing toward the goal of the prize of the upward call of God” requires strength training
For more about the three principles of generating a more positive attitude, read and work through Step 2 of our Crossroads Career Work Book.