Echoing off of the context of my last blog Gratitude Shapes Attitude , our character is literally the sum of what we think. Our 60,000 to 80,000 daily thoughts being the very thing that shapes our subconscious mind. But the things that influence our thoughts are the things we watch, the things we listen to and the people we hang out with. So be very careful where you spend your energy, and don’t let the negativity in the workplace ever compromise your happiness or purpose.
The same information can be interpreted and delivered 2 completely different ways. Negative perception or positive perception. For example, an email may state “you must make sure you are doing x y and z” and if you surrounded by staff who are already disgruntled about something within the workplace, that email will come across negative. Versus, if your surrounded by staff who are purpose focused, that information will be interpreted through a different lens. “Why was the email sent out and maybe there’s a bigger picture.” Either way your purpose remains the same, and it doesn’t affect you controlling you. You can certainly validate frustration, just avoid yourself from feeding into gossip and complaining that goes nowhere. If anything, try to redirect what all there is to be grateful for. Gratitude is limitless.
Negativity will literally suck the life right out of you and has the potential of damaging an entire organization. However, positivity is contagious, and a positive attitude can influence and entire organization. So surround yourself with positive allies and be that seed of life giving influence. That alone is making a difference.
Negativity causes stress, stress releases cortisol, cortisol causes heart disease and heart disease is the number one killer in America. But of our bodies perform 31% better in the positive than in the negative, neutral or stressed, why not be positive. Our God given life is an hour glass that has been turned upside down. No one lives forever, but we were all given purpose. We just have to use it. It’s a daily choice we have to make in asking what kind of legacy do we want to leave with the life God has given us.