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Loving Monday: Shortcut to an Awful Day… A Crappy Attitude

loving_mondayThe best case for an attitude adjustment is your own well-being.

Sure I could go on and on about what practical wonders a good attitude will do for the team, your clients, and your boss.

Except to do so would be essentially invalidating how frustrated, put upon, and undervalued you actually feel today.

If you’re going to make a case for acting in any way contrary to how you’re feeling, then the case worth examining is the one related to your own happiness and effectiveness.

If you want to have a crappy day, then let your attitude sink, wallow and fester. As accurate a reflection of your emotional state as such an indulgence might be, you’re the primary person who suffers.

The others will simply avoid you. They have a method for reducing the impact you can have on them.

You, though, have to be with you wherever you go. A fact of life and reality check that you should keep in mind next time you’re thinking of brandishing your mood like a weapon. The only person who has to experience all that darkness, stress and pain every single time is you.

So do yourself a favor. Choose an attitude that helps you deal with the feelings instead of merely express them. Choose an attitude that confronts the frustration with creative alternatives instead of merely reciting the obvious injustice of it all. Choose an attitude that helps you get some perspective, reframe complexities, and experiment with constructive initiatives.

Choose an attitude that serves your well-being.

If you don’t, more than any harm or vengeance you feel your crappy attitude would be deservedly exacting on others, you’ll mostly be harming yourself.

You’re smarter than that!

On your side, (even if sometimes you aren’t)

- Karl Edwards

Loving Monday is a weekly column designed to encourage us to step into our weeks with an intention to show up authentically, engage fully, and choose to make it a good week for ourselves. Explore past columns here.

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