When is the Last Time You Checked Your Temperature?

Contrary to  the above picture,  I’m not talking about checking your temperature with a thermometer. What I’m talking about is your attitude.  When was the last time you allowed something to get you so upset that your temperature was boiling? Do you remember what triggered it? Was it something or someone?  Whatever the case, how did you respond? What was the end result?

Many of us have heard this before: Your attitude can make you or break you. However, there are still some of us who do not practice this premise nor understand the power of it.  I can remember when I used to work for a major airline. I used to sell their internal advertising.  One day, my vice president walked up to me and said, “Lori, you are always smiling. Every time I see you, you have such a positive attitude.”

The funny thing was that I didn’t even realize I was being perceived that way. I wasn’t particularly head over heels about the job I was doing. However, I enjoyed the perks and flexibility that came with it. It also helped that I was very good at my job, too!  But, ironically, I had actually taken the job hoping that it would eventually help me land in another division of the company! That never panned out. LOL

I also knew that more than likely I wasn’t going to be  someone who eventually retired from this company, but in the meantime, I stayed positive about the pluses of the job and didn’t  give in to the minuses.

My positive  attitude and my way of  thinking eventually launched my first business.  I had one of the top major airlines in the industry as my client. Here was the kicker: As a business owner, I made my yearly salary of what I was making as an employee in only three months. Yes! I would be lying if I didn’t admit that my attitude become even more likeable after this revelation.

So, do you get where I’m going with this? Check yourself. Take a temperature check of your work place and even home environment and see how people view you.  Are you viewed as someone who is difficult to get along with, or someone that is well respected and people want to look out for you?

I ended up having that airline as a client for ten years. Although I no longer have my advertising company, thanks to that airline,  I procured a lot of other major clients and have maintained some great relationships along the way.

Had it not been for what was perceived as a positive attitude and smile, who knows how things could have ended up for me. Luckily for me,I knew how to keep my temperature in check!

WOYN TIP:Take a temperature check to determine whether or not  your attitude is helping you or hindering you on where you want to go.  If it’s hindering you, change it to benefit you. If it’s helping you, share your attitude with others so you can help them, help themselves.

Career Busters

Working in corporate America can have its advantages. There are health benefits, 401ks, a steady pay check, room for advancement, training, and if you are fortunate — an attainable career path.

However, what is interesting is that employees often times forget that they are just that – employees. Many employees get too comfortable and forget that they are- dispensable. In fact, as long as you work for someone else , they have the power to retain you or release you. So, if you like what you do (and even if you don’t) and need to stay employed, here are some tips to help you keep your job instead of losing it when you least expect it.

Bad Attitudes – This really needs no explanation, but for those who may need a reminder, here it is: you are being paid to perform. No one is paying you to complain or have an attitude that clouds you and the people in your work environment. If you find that every time you go to your job and are in a bad mood, than you either need to find a new job or a way to turn your negative disposition into a more positive one. You will be amazed at how far a positive attitude can take you. The right attitude may even extend your job stay when it comes down to the decision of who is going to be laid off first, or fired. Staying positive can be very contagious, especially in a difficult work environment. So, the next time you feel a bad attitude coming on, try to think of something that will help turn your attitude around. For some, it might just be imagining being without a job! So, get it together and don’t let your poor attitude be the determining factor that gets you out of the door before you are ready!
Trusting Co-workers – There is a saying that goes like this: never let your right hand know what your left hand is doing. In other words, if you are not ready for some information to go out about you, then please keep it to yourself. There is nothing worse than telling a co-worker a secret ie: you are looking for another job; someone in the office is getting fired; or worse – spreading a rumor that you heard and it all points back to you. Unless you have been personal friends with someone for years (and even sometimes good friend’s tongues may slip occasionally). It is best to keep secrets a secret! If you don’t, then be prepared to suffer the consequence as being labeled as untrustworthy or the office gossiper.

Lazy Fridays – We love this day because it means that the weekend is definitely here! Right? Wrong! It’s still a work day.The week END starts Saturday. Remember, most people work five days a week? And yes, Friday is also one of those days. This is typically the day where people dress down, and sometimes may not be as productive because most people are counting the hours left on the clock until their work day is over. And while you are counting the hours down, don’t think for one minute that your boss is not watching you count down EVERY Friday and keeping a count on how often you do this. You may think no one is paying attention. But, believe this: there is always someone who is keeping tabs and is waiting for just the right moment to share it. So, stay focused on Friday. It can be difficult. But, unless you have been given the time off or the culture is okay with a Lazy Friday, then it’s time for you to start working like it’s Monday!

Pals with the boss – I’m not saying it can’t work. I’m just saying that unless the boss was a personal friend of yours before you got hired, be careful! Again, you are still an employee who works for the boss. So, if you think that getting closer to the boss will help you get that promotion by slipping confidential information to him about other co-workers, then think about this: Would you trust someone who was always talking about other people to you? If they talk about others so freely, what makes you think they would not say the same thing about you? Don’t throw anyone under the bus, especially to your boss. One day the boss might be driving that same bus that someone through you under!

Getting too comfortable – Talking too much and working too little, is getting too comfortable. Unless you have something in writing that states that no matter what you you will have a job for life, then you better do the job that you were hired to do.

If you haven’t already started, then begin today by creating a standard of excellence. Maintain that level of professionalism that got you the job in the first place. Be an example for others, and always set your standards high. Remember, the job is not promised to you. So, assume that it is yours until you do something that no longer deems you worthy of keeping it. – In other words stay uncomfortable. Stay awake, be alert and wait till you get home to sit back, relax and put your feet up!

Not staying engaged – Are you keeping your skills up to date and requesting training that you may need to become more proficient in your workplace? Do you uphold the company’s standards? Are you proactive in meetings or just there in body only? If you have answered NO to ANY of these questions then you may want to re-evaluate your position with your job. If you want to keep it, start figuring out ways that you can help your company’s bottom line. Take more initiative in meetings or being active in special projects. Sometimes when you do things outside of your regular job description, you are able to showcase a skillset that managers or other co- workers didn’t know that you had. Who knows, this “secret weapon” could be your entry into a new job assignment or promotion.

Paying attention to warning signs – We all have feelings that make us feel uncomfortable. Some people choose to ignore it, and others choose to listen to their gut. If you are in a situation where you are seeing a lot of turn- over and or disgruntled employees, these are true signs of deep rooted issues that you should not be ignored. Don’t walk around with your head in the sand and be afraid to inquire about the rumblings that you are hearing. It’s good to be proactive and it’s also good to see if there is a way that you might be able to assist in changing an uncomfortable work environment. Maybe you have an idea that will help the department thrive. If you are aware of some issues that you think you can help resolve within your department, speak up! But, if you don’t think that anything that you say or do will change things positively then you need to make a decision about your own well-being and job security. Whatever that decision is, you have to be able to live with it and feel secure in knowing that you made the right one.

I wonder should I follow my passion… Or just stay at my job?

How many of us have asked ourselves this same question, but are too afraid to say it out loud?

You know that you know what your passion is, but you are afraid to step out and act on it because the timing isn’t right. Or because your circumstances dictate that you need to be getting a consistent paycheck from a job that you know you should have left years ago.

If you are one of these people who are in the closet making this statement to yourself, it might be time for you to come out and say it out loud.  Many of us know exactly what we should be doing. If you are one of the lucky ones, you figured it out early and you have been pleased with your choice from day one.
However, for many people, it’s a process. Some of us eventually make it to our passion albeit the long way or the indecisive way. But, ultimately we end up exactly where we are supposed to be. For some, they never get there. They are looking at others around them doing what they only wish they had the courage to do.

Which one are you? Are you doing what you know you are supposed to doing ? Or are you stuck in “just a job”?

: Don’t ever get too comfortable. Change your circumstances before someone else changes them for you. Figure out what you are really supposed to be doing with your life and get working on it today. Because as we all know, tomorrow is not promised .