Friday, May 25, 2018
Alex and Rob started at the rubber band factory on April 23. They did virtually the same job each day, producing 50,000 rubber bands. They came in and went home at exactly the same time. After a year, they were both eligible for a raise and promotion. Unfortunately for them, Mr Pewter awarded the promotion to Jill, who had also started that same April. Rob was angry. He had produced just as many rubber bands that past year as Jill. Alex, meanwhile, held his head high, congratulated Jill, and set out to do better – have a better approach, attitude and outlook. Mr. Pewter looked down on the three employees. He saw the immediate body language of the two men. Alex, composed and joyful, congratulated Jill and went back to work. Rob’s shoulders hunched and he took a moment to collect himself before begrudgingly congratulating Jill and going on break. It has been said that while people may hear your words, they feel your attitude.
How do you hold yourself? Work and life are not always going to go your way. Your outlook and demeanor all depend on your attitude. In the story above, Rob and Alex likely had the same internal reaction to the news of not receiving a promotion, yet they physically responded differently. That response not only had an effect on how they were seen by the owner, but it also affected how they approached the next steps. So how do you hold yourself? Be aware of your posture: take a deep breath, pull your shoulders back and hold your head high. When you have goals and dreams for your future (and they don’t always go as planned), each twist and turn is part of the adventure. When you keep the faith, everything and everyone around you (including your own spirit) will fall in line.
“Weakness of attitude becomes weakness of character.”– Albert Einstein