Adding LIFE to your years and years to your life!
As you have probably noticed, we place considerable focus on keeping our attitudes in check here at the Hab. This is because Penni and I strongly believe that this is significant element that positively supports the lasting change that we're seeking in our lives.
Although so much of what happens in this life is beyond our control, we always have the ability to choose our attitude and how we react to the circumstances surrounding us. Optimism brings an energy that can brighten our lives and that of others. Choosing to positively re-frame our thoughts is a skill that can be developed with practice and it enhances the journey of life making it much more joyful and pleasurable!
Enjoy some more motivation from our friend, Jon Gordon:
The Swine Flu is not the only thing you catch at work. Turns out you are just as likely to catch someone’s bad mood and negative attitude. Yes, the latest research demonstrates what we’ve all known to be true, emotions are contagious. Researchers call them emotional contagions and they impact our work environments, productivity, teamwork, service and performance in significant and profound ways.
As we know all too well, one negative employee can pollute an entire team and create a toxic work environment. One negative leader can make work miserable for his/her team. An employee in a bad mood can scare away countless customers. Complaining can act like a cancer and spread throughout the entire organization and eventually destroy your vision and goals. And pervasive negative attitudes can sabotage the morale and performance of teams with great talent and potential.
That’s the bad news... but there’s also good news.
Positive emotions are just as contagious as negative emotions. One positive leader can rally a group of willing people to accomplish amazing things. One Chief Energy Officer who sits at the welcome desk can positively infect every person who walks in your business/school/workplace. One positive team member can slowly but surely improve the mood and moral of her team. And pervasive positive attitudes and emotions at work can fuel the morale and performance of your organization.
Emotional contagions are the reason why when I speak to businesses, schools and sports teams I say that everyone in the organization contributes to the culture of it. You are not just a creation of your culture but rather you are creating it every day through your thoughts, beliefs and actions. What you think matters. How you feel matters. And the energy you share with others, whether it’s positive or negative, really matters.
You can be a germ and attack your organization's immune system or you can act like a dose of Vitamin C and strengthen it.
So the next time you head into work with a bad mood you might want to stop before you walk in the door and consider what your boss would say if you had the Swine Flu. She would tell you to stay home until you are healthy and not contagious. And in that moment, as you stand at the door you have choice: You can go home so you don’t infect anyone with your bad mood, or you can choose to get healthy right there, change your attitude, and decide to be positively contagious.
You are not an island unto yourself.
You are forever contagious
and you and your emotions impact the world around you.
(This newsletter is from Soup: A Recipe to Nourish Your Team and Culture)
"Being negative is easy. There will always be a downside to everything good, a hurdle to everything desirable, a con to every pro. The real courage is in finding the good in what you have, the opportunities in every hurdle, the pros in every con." ~ Carolyn Hax
Great post. I am counting on good becoming contagious so as to build a better world.
A lot of "weeds" are edible. :-))
AWESOME post and I just wanted to add that we have control over more of our life then we think we do... We just need to take the time to figure out what we are asking the universe for!!! and be very conscious of our thoughts dreams and desires and how we frame them!!!
Love you Susan : )
: ) Raven
Wow! Thank you Susan! I really needed this reminder today!