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Chapter 4. The Power of a Positive Attit... > A Positive Attitude Triggers Your En...

Advantage 1:. A Positive Attitude Triggers Your Enthusiasm

You’ve probably seen this happen: someone becomes negative and they just seem to lose their energy. Their posture sags, and they often drag around the office as if their shoes were made of lead. In contrast, you’ve probably also seen people who are positive, with energy that appears to be endless.

John Goes Into a Funk

Two months ago, John made an expensive mistake on one of his project budgets, and his manager became annoyed and heavy-handed. Even though John corrected the problem and made up most of the deficit the next month, it was a visible blunder, and everyone in the department knew about it. Some people distanced themselves from him. And, recognizing his own stupidity, John came down hard on himself. His long-term career goals suddenly seemed impossible. He lost his self-confidence.

In short, John allowed one negative experience to change his focus on life. Only 27 years old and in excellent health, he plodded around the office–languid, looking weary, and “burned out.” John’s boss, who had forgotten all about the incident, worried that John might be physically ill.

Today John is back on track and views his career with enthusiasm. His friends and colleagues have reconnected with him now that he’s optimistic and self-confident. John’s new energy surfaced because his manager invited him to talk about what was bothering him. Through this counseling, John concluded that it was stupid to shackle himself with a negative attitude because of one mistake.



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