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Have you ever been warned that your negative attitude would spread to others? Or have you ever experienced someone’s positive attitude lifting up your spirits and making you feel better?
Attitude is the mood in which you project outwards to the world. It’s your mental and emotional feelings towards something or someone. If you have a negative attitude, you are typically behaving aggressively without cooperation. In a positive attitude, you behave the opposite.
Attitude is a crucial part of how you communicate with others. It’s also crucial to achieving success. With the right attitude and keeping the right mindset, you can achieve anything that you set your mind to. How you feel about the work you are doing and the goals you want to achieve is just as important as your attitude in your communication.
Achieving true success requires you to check your attitude while focusing on your goals. Having a negative attitude towards your goals, saying “there’s no way that I can do this,” or “I might as well just give up,” will hinder your progress greatly. A positive and determined mindset, or attitude, is the best way to make sure you are on the path to achieving everything you want to achieve.
We understand that having the right kind of attitude can be difficult to achieve. It may take time to understand what kind of attitude you should have to complete your goals and make the big changes in your life.
The most successful people out there are those with a strong and good attitude, one that matches the work they are doing and helps them achieve what they desire. In the upcoming chapters, we will talk about how to find the attitude that will help you achieve your goals. We will talk about the different kinds of attitudes you can have that are helpful to your career. Of course, we will also talk more in-depth about why having certain attitudes is a huge tool for your professional success.
Again, the way you see the world around you is your more powerful tool for getting what you want. Let’s take a look at why that is.
Chapter 1: Understanding Why Attitude Impacts Emotions and Behaviors
Attitude is the collection of emotions and feelings towards a subject matter. If you walk into a meeting thinking that you can’t stand the people in the room and all you want to do is to go home, that would be walking into your meeting with a negative attitude.
What’s important to understand about attitudes is how they are contagious. People with positive attitudes have been known to light up a room whereas those with negative attitudes drag everyone down with them. This is because we rely on the people we are around much more than we think we do. The people around you will influence how you think and act, which can be both very good, or very negative.
Not only do your emotions make up your attitude, but your attitude contributes to your emotions and behaviors. If you have ever gotten into a cycle where your emotions and attitude feed off of each other, the impact that attitude has on how you feel is responsible.
Many people believe that it is primarily our attitudes that drive our behavior. However, just as we talked about the impact of attitude on emotions, there is more to it than how you feel is how you will act. Doing something based on your attitude can reinforce how you are feeling, once again leading into a cycle.
There are three main components to the impact of our attitude on our minds including the affective component, the behavioral component, and the cognitive component. Let’s discuss each aspect and how each is used to lead to the behaviors and thought processes that we have.
The Affective Component of Attitude
The Affective component of your attitude refers to your thoughts. If you have a fear of failure, the affective component of your attitude may look like you thinking “I don’t want to fail” or “I don’t want to look like a failure around all of my coworkers.”
Knowing your affective component is the easiest part of understanding your attitude toward something. This is the surface layer of your attitude. Oftentimes, what you are thinking is your first reaction to a situation.
It is your first thoughts when something happens or is what you are thinking when you first meet someone. With the affective component of your attitude being at the surface level, it is also the easiest aspect of your attitude to change and make more positive.
We will come back to your thinking patterns several times throughout this book.