Attitude …is defined as an opinion or general feeling about something…a physical posture, either conscious or unconscious, especially while interacting with others…an arrogant or assertive manner or stance assumed as a challenge or for effect.
Attitude is usually perceived as “good” or “bad”…if one appears positive, happy, cheerful, friendly, etc…(You get the point) then he/she is probably perceived as one with a “good attitude”. If one is assertive, loud, unafraid, determined, then one would probably be perceived as one with a “bad attitude”. Ones’ perception does not always reflect reality. Whether you agree or disagree with the content of the message or messenger …it will usually influence your perception. Don’t be afraid to have what could be perceived as “bad attitude”…without it… complacency, fear and political correctness can stand in the way of progress and change which can result in stagnation and eventually erosion…nothing remains the same. The next time you judge someone’s attitude (and we all do) ask yourself “Am I looking at a “hothead”…or a “passionate” person with convictions? Good or bad? Assertions of the “right attitude” will have a purpose and a goal to reach a destination.
Attitude and Diplomacy do not always go hand and hand. Diplomacy can be a long drawn out process with pandering and postponement. My attitude is much like the “old gentlemen” when asked by the store clerk if he wanted the extended warranty with his purchase…he said, “Son, I don’t need the extended warranty…at my age I don’t even buy “green” bananas anymore”. Time is of the essence….cut to the chase…say what you mean and mean what you say… and say it with passion.
“Good” or “Bad” is not the question … the question is; is it the right “attitude”?
Footnote: My wife forward an email one day that I thought was appropriate to this article…it read “Don’t get confused between my personality and my attitude. My personality is who I am, my attitude depends on who you are“.
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