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A Positive Attitude is Contagious


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"one rotten apple spoils a bunch". Learn how a positive attitude can transform your organization and give you more opportunities for success.

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A Positive Attitude is Contagious

  1. 1. http://Positive Video (show 8 min before)<br />Positive Thinking (backup)<br />Positive Attitude (show at end)<br />
  2. 2. A Positive Attitude is Contagious<br />&quot;Joy increases as you give it, and diminishes as you try to keep it for yourself. In giving it, you will accumulate a deposit of joy greater than you ever believed possible&quot; -- Norman Vincent Peale<br />
  3. 3. A Positive Attitude is Contagious<br />As they say “one rotten apple spoils a bunch”. One person’s attitude whether positive or negative will spread throughout the entire group. Nobody likes to be around a negative attitude. Learn how you can transform your organization, group, or staff just by bringing a positive attitude with you every day. You have the power to choose your attitude.<br />“You see if you’re green you’re growing, if you’re ripe you’re rotten”<br />
  4. 4. Purpose<br />The purpose of this session is to share how a positive attitude affects the culture of a group, organization, or staff<br />Learning Outcomes<br />At the end of this session, students will be able to:<br />1. Understand the meaning of a positive attitude<br />2. Understand the benefits of a positive attitude <br />3. Learn how to develop a positive attitude<br />4. Learn how to reduce stress and stay positive<br />5. Learn how to dodge the negative bullets<br />6. Have the power to choose your own attitude<br />
  5. 5. What is a Positive Attitude?<br />A good definition of &quot;positive attitude&quot; will emphasize being affirmative and certain, without being overconfident or intolerant<br />The  simple definition is the way you dedicate yourself to the way you think. Interestingly, it&apos;s also the definition of a negative attitude.<br />The more complex definition is how youchoose  to dedicate yourself to the way you think, how you choose to dedicate yourself to being positive, and how you choose to dedicate yourself to reacting in a positive way. And your choice must be consistent.<br />The only way you can tell what type of attitude you have is how you react when things go wrong.<br />“Positive anything is better than negative thinking.”  ~Elbert Hubbard<br />
  6. 6. Where does a Positive Attitude Come From?<br />&quot;Positive attitude comes from within.“<br />&quot;Positive attitude has nothing to do with what happens to you. It&apos;s what you do with, and how you react to, what happens to you.“<br />Positive attitude comes from your ability to process thoughts in a positive way, regardless of the circumstance. And it&apos;s never 100%. That&apos;s why, in spite of your determination to be positive at every moment, you&apos;ll have highs and lows based on your thought process and your vulnerability to others.<br />People are not disturbed by things, but by the view they take of them.  ~Epictetus<br />
  7. 7. Is there a Formula ?<br />Most people let thoughts connected with worries, fears, anger or unhappiness occupy their mind most of the time. The inner conversation affects the subconscious mind. Words and thought that are repeated often get stronger with repetition, thus affecting the behavior and actions of the person involved.<br /> <br />If you consciously choose the thoughts, phrases and words you repeat in your mind, your life will start to change<br />You will be creating new situations and circumstances<br />You will be using the power of affirmations<br />Affirmations: sentences that are repeated often during the day, and which sink into the subconscious mind.<br />SELF CONFIDENCE FORMULA<br />
  8. 8. Benefits of Positive Attitude<br />Better health<br />Improved relationships with others both at home and at work<br />More opportunities for success<br />Improved productivity<br />Will be able to attract others<br />It is possible to achieve anything<br />Handle stress with greater ease<br />It will help others<br />Every thought is a seed.  If you plant crab apples, don&apos;t count on harvesting Golden Delicious. ~Bill Meyer<br />
  9. 9. Handling Stress with greater ease<br />Set realistic goals and priorities<br />Encourage good time-management techniques<br />Take short breaks after a particularly stressful event<br />Rehearse and prepare<br />Don’t procrastinate<br />Know your limits<br />Change your attitudes<br />Learn to say &quot;no<br />Schedule your stress<br />Encourage employees to treat their body right<br />Encourage positive self-talk<br />Give positive reinforcement<br />Take responsibility<br />MAINTAIN A SENSE OF HUMOR<br />To be upset over what you don&apos;t have is to waste what you do have.  ~Ken S. Keyes, Jr<br />
  10. 10. More stress reducing tips<br />Enjoy the journey <br />Find your own voice<br />Go for results, not activity<br />Schedule time for yourself<br />If you&apos;re in a hole, quit digging<br />Breathe diaphragmatically<br />Handle change skillfully and gracefully<br />Do one thing at a time<br />Get over it<br />Do it right, not over<br />Cultivate being a friend.  Not merely to have friendships<br />Breathe fresh air<br />Laugh.<br />Smile and have fun<br />Forgive<br />Simplify<br />Do Desktop Yoga <br />Have faith. <br />Take naps<br />Love more<br />Want what you have<br />If you really don&apos;t like your work or work environment, change it<br />Be around positive people.  Avoid whiners<br />Drink water<br />Avoid too much caffeine, soda pop, alcohol, and junk. Better yet, stop using them.  Don&apos;t smoke. <br />Eat nourishing food<br />Get involved in your workplace wellness program<br />Enjoy nature<br />Wear comfortable shoes<br />Believe in miracles<br />Notice life now.  All of it<br />Move around.  Use the stairs.  Walk<br />Balance work with an active home and play life<br />Focus on the moment.  Don&apos;t get caught up in the past or future<br />Don&apos;t get caught up in gossip or negative thinking<br />Hum.  Sing.  Dance. Whistle<br />Play with pets<br />Listen to your real self<br />
  11. 11. Success Is About Learning How to Deal<br /><ul><li>It is inevitable that life will sling some crap your way. Nothing strengthens your drive like being kept from working on your goals.
  12. 12. Success is about how you deal with what life throws you. It’s about perspective. It’s also about what drives you
  13. 13. As you spend time dealing with the negativity, keep in mind your main goals. The negativitythat you’re dealing with may just fuel the fire that drives your success</li></li></ul><li>How to Develop a Positive Attitude<br />A positive mental attitude is an absolute prerequisite for success. A person’s attitude determines how well they do and how far they go in life.<br />One of differences between successful people and unsuccessful people is the way they think. Successful people talk about the things they want. They talk about achieving goals, good health, happiness, and prosperity.<br />Unsuccessful people talk about the things they don’t want. They complain, worry, and talk about their problems.<br />A person with a positive mental attitude is someone who has a positive and constructive approach to the ups and downs that occur in life. It’s the ability to keep their mind on the things they want in life an off the things they don’t want.<br />I don&apos;t like that man.  I must get to know him better.  ~Abraham Lincoln<br />
  14. 14. Developing an Attitude of Success<br />The most successful students, leaders and employees present an attitude that makes it clear to everyone around them that they are positive, genuine, competent, self-confident and caring. That is why every college student should come to realize that only with a great attitude can they ever reach their full potential.<br />Your attitude makes itself known through your words, tone of voice, actions, reactions, facial expressions, mannerisms and body language. It is revealed in every aspect of your thinking and behavior. As people read those signals, they make judgments about you and your potential for success. People with great potential are easy to recognize.<br />
  15. 15. Developing a Positive Attitude <br />Use the right words. Use statements like, “I have a positive attitude,” or “We’ll find a solution,” in daily conversation. The words you use on a daily basis have a major impact on your attitude and moods. <br />Strive for Optimism. Having a positive attitude is something you should strive for. It isn’t something you are or are not, it is something you become. <br />What company do you keep? Do your friends have negative attitudes? Does it rub off on you? Many times the company we keep can affect our attitudes. If your group at work or home negatively affects your attitude, take the necessary steps to change the situation. If all else fails, change the people around. <br />Know when you need a Change. When you know you aren’t happy, admit it to yourself and take action to reverse it. This is a very difficult thing to do especially when you aren’t in the mood to admit things to yourself. It may be hard, but it is worth it. When you are negative, realize it and change it. <br />
  16. 16. Staying Positive in a Negative World<br />85% of the reason a person gets a job and gets ahead in that job is due to attitude; and only 15% is because of technical or specific skills. (Source: Harvard and Stanford University)<br />People spend how much money on their education versus much money they spent on building their positive attitudes?<br />1. Understand that failure is an event, and not a person.<br />2. Become a lifetime, or better yet a perpetual, student<br />3. Read something informational or inspirational every day<br />4. Enroll in the Transit University.<br />5. Start the day and end the day with positive input into your mind<br />
  17. 17. 8 Elements of Success<br />Demonstrate Competence and Professionalism<br />Build and Maintain Relationships<br />Present a Positive Attitude<br />Exhibit Self-Confidence <br />Practice Continuous Learning<br />Treat People With Respect<br />Develop and Expand Leadership Skills<br />Look to the Future<br />
  18. 18. Dodging Negative Bullets<br />5 Ways to stay positive in a negative world<br />Awareness: Be aware of negativity around you. You can feel the negative words being drained right out of you.<br />It All Starts with You: In what ways are you contributing to negativity? Learn to respect people’s humanity and their right to be themselves. <br />Speak Up: Point it out in a gentle and caring way. Over time people will realize what they can and cant say around you.<br />Be Constructive, Positive, Meaningful and Beneficial: Constructive conversations are empowering and leave people a little better off from having participated in them. Become the kind of person who takes your time and words seriously.<br />Praise and Acknowledge: It’s amazing what a few words of praise and acknowledgement can do. You want people to feel good after being in your presence.<br />
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  20. 20. Choose the Right Luggage<br />Dodge Bullets<br />Be Bulletproof<br />
  21. 21. Put on the Armor<br />Change <br />3 Things!<br />
  22. 22. How to Change Your Attitude<br />Accept Responsibility<br />for who I am<br /> for what I have<br /> for what I do<br />Take Control<br />Ownership<br /> Values<br /> Mission<br /> Discipline<br />
  23. 23. How to Change Your Thinking<br />
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  25. 25. How to Change Your Behavior<br />
  26. 26. INFLUENCE YOUR ENVIRONMENT!<br />AddPOSI+IVEBehavior<br />Replace the BAD HABITS!<br /><ul><li> Spread a SMILE around
  27. 27. Sprinkle some “positive” on the negatives
  28. 28. Focus on the good of each day
  29. 29. Stay out of the “feeding frenzies”
  30. 30. Say “please” and “thank you”
  31. 31. Practice EMPATHY
  32. 32. Evaluate YOUR behavior
  33. 33. Never miss an opportunity to complement</li></li></ul><li>More POSI+IVE Contributions<br /><ul><li> Before you say anything to anyone, ask</li></ul> yourself three things<br />1. Is it true?<br /> 2. Is it harmful?<br /> 3. Is it necessary?<br /><ul><li> Keep promises
  34. 34. Have a forgiving view of people
  35. 35. Keep an open mind with changes
  36. 36. Count to 1000 if necessary
  37. 37. See criticism as opportunity to improve
  38. 38. Cultivate your sense of humor</li></li></ul><li>The Choice is YOURS<br />With a Bad attitude you can never have a positive day<br />With a Positive attitude you can never have a bad day<br />
  39. 39. ATTITUDE<br />The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life.Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company... a church... a home.The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past... we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude... I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it.And so it is with you... we are in charge of our attitudes<br />by: Charles Swindoll<br />
  40. 40. Wait Long Enough…<br />Wait long enough and people will surprise and impress you. When you&apos;re pissed off and angry at them you just haven&apos;t given them enough time. Just give them a little more time and they&apos;ll almost always impress you.- Jon Snoddy<br />
  41. 41. The Power of Choice<br />Every day you get up, get ready for work, get your family ready for work/school, and are on your way. Day in and day out, you do what you do because you have to. You are either obligated to do what you do because it’s your “duty” or you do it because you have no choice. Or, so you think.<br />The reality is that just because you think you have to do something, doesn’t mean you do. You have a choice.<br />In fact, you always have a choice. You have free will.<br />
  42. 42. It’s Your Choice<br />By giving yourself permission to choose how you spend your time, who you spend time with, what you choose to do, and how you choose to think, you are free to be you, to freely express through your words and actions who you are as a mature adult man or woman. <br />The thought of that should make you smile. No longer do you need to do anything out of obligation. You can still choose to do something that you have to do; but you can do it because you want to, because as an adult who’s in charge of your life, you are choosing to make that phone call or attend that family gathering. <br />You can do what you do out of choice. It’s an empowering place to be. By being at choice, you take charge of your life and your inner experience. After all, it’s not only what you do and what you achieve, but how you feel about it that matters most<br />
  43. 43. “Are some people just born positive thinkers <br /> . . . or is it their CHOICE?”<br />
  44. 44. When you think of work as an opportunity to do what you love, to express yourself, and to utilize your potential, then work becomes play for pay. You choose your work and you choose your attitude. There’s always a choice; you just may not like the options.<br />OPPORTUNITY<br />POTENTIAL<br />
  45. 45. PROJECT: Changing your attitude<br />Think about the 3 biggest problems you have in any of these areas: work, relationships, home, family, school, sports, or self image<br />Answer following questions:<br />1. To what extent have you blamed others for this problem.<br />2. How do you feel about this problem?<br />3. If you don’t solve this problem, what direction will your life go?<br />Who’s going to win: YOU or THE PROBLEM?<br />What small steps can you take to overcome this problem?<br />What new attitude do you need to solve this problem<br />Once problem is solved, how will you feel different about yourself?<br />How will life be better for you once you solve this problem?<br />