We’ve all been there. Someone dumps a ton of work on you, an email is less than uplifting or a coworker says something that rubs you the wrong way. In today’s workplace, there are a plethora of external variables that can destroy your mental fortitude of positivity. To help yourself, consider these options that you can control to keep your head on straight:
- Forget the gossip – People talk. Regardless of the environment, something is said that can be a detriment to someone else’s self-esteem or professional self-worth. My advice: forget it. Move on. There are 40 hours in a week that can be better used elsewhere. Take that negative energy to use as motivation to help your clients achieve their goals, start a side hustle or better your own skills.
- Be a self-starter – To go along with my first cup of coffee of the day, I try and pep up my attitude first thing in the morning. No joke, it’s hard to do. It’s hard to be positive after working overtime. It’s hard to be positive on a Monday at 6 a.m. If your entire office is feeling this way, how great will the quality of your work be? Take the initiative to be that person who is annoyingly positive first thing in the morning. As John F. Kennedy said, “a rising tide lifts all boats.”
- Take advantage of rest – We’re constantly connected in today’s business environment, seemingly 24 hours a day. When your schedule permits, take some time for you. Take a trip with someone important to you. See a movie in the middle of the day. Nap early and often. Take a walk to clear your head. Keeping rested might help keep your positive outlook going.
So keep your chin up. Maybe I’m just a glass-isn’t-half-full-it’s-overflowing kind of man.