Your attitude defines how you learn and grow. In this video, instructor Tatiana Kolovou walks you through a method for shifting your attitude.
- It's human nature to be negative in the face of adversity. However, choosing to be positive often has favorable affects on your own health and even the health of the people near you. Researchers in the University of North Carolina have found that experiencing a three-to-one positive to negative emotion ratio can result in reduced cardiovascular disease and improve overall health. So if you find it difficult to turn on the positive switch during a challenging time, you may be better off thinking through the three types of attitudes in every situation. Say, for example, that you received a negative performance appraisal in your job. The most negative attitude would be to say, that appraisal had several unfavorable comments about me. This means that I won't be recommended for a leadership track and I don't have what it takes to be a manager. A positive, yet unrealistic attitude, would be to say, they're wrong. They don't know me and what I'm capable of. I'll prove to them that they're wrong and they don't know what they're talking about. Although this attitude is positive in regard to your skills, it may not help you develop a healthy relationship with your superiors. A positive and constructive attitude would be to say, hmm, among many of the comments, which were tough to hear, I received several recommendations for improvement, so I'll work to strengthen my skills and keep at it. It will be tough, but I'll grow in the long run. Feel free to verbalize the negative attitude but don't let it define you. I experienced all three attitudes in my first job. My first job, that I got fired from, in four days. I was a graduating college student with enough hours in the week to be able to manage a full-time assignment, so I took the first one I was offered with a direct mail marketing firm focusing on the healthcare industry. The company owner was friendly, the staff worked hard and the training was outdated. Well, there lay my problem. No experience plus no training in the specific job and you have the infamous and stressful line of I'm sorry, but this is not working out. What, I thought to myself, I went to college and I'm not capable of figuring this out. As you can imagine, the tough part of this challenging experience was to maintain a positive but constructive attitude. To say to myself, you know, you are in over your head in this job Tatiana. You could've asked better questions and possibly asked for more help for the first few days. Keep that in mind and do more of your homework next time around. Actually, that's exactly what I did. The next job I pursued was a whole different experience. I interviewed the staff there more than they interviewed me and eventually the experience gave me a better perspective. Maintaining a positive but constructive attitude is key.
- Define the term resilience.
- Identify strategies for facing rejection in your day to day life.
- Recognize the skills you can practice to increase your resilience.
- Explore reflection strategies you can use during a situation in order to build resilience.
- Examine five post-event resilience building strategies using real-world examples.