Choose Your Attitude

First, I want to say pray for your friends, family, and BFDC sisters because we never know what someone could be going through. Call someone you haven’t heard from in a while to see how they are doing. It is okay to just say hey, they will appreciate it more than you know.

As we start the workweek I am going to adjust my attitude about work. I usually start Monday asking, is it Friday yet? Then I plan something for the weekend to have something to look forward to. Sometimes work is low-key, not that bad, and sometimes work is tough. We all go through personal struggles outside of work and then have to get through the workweek giving our best as an employee. Customers will have attitudes, co-workers will be difficult, and students will be rambunctious. How will you respond?

Recently, I was thinking about the FISH philosophy. I learned of this philosophy at UCF studying the success of the Pike Place Fish Market. The FISH Philosophy has 4 practices that help employees to be more effective and enjoy their work. The 4 practices are:

Be There: When people need you, they need all of you. Setting aside distractions and judgments to be mentally and emotionally present is a sign of respect. It improves communication and strengthens relationships.

Play: You can be serious about your work without taking yourself so seriously. Play is a mindset more than a specific activity. It allows you to throw yourself with enthusiasm and creativity into whatever you are doing, in a way that is natural, not forced. “Playing” with ideas helps you find solutions to everyday challenges.

Make Their Day: Simple gestures of thoughtfulness, thanks and recognition make people feel appreciated and valued. When you make someone else feel good, you feel good too 

Choose Your Attitude: To actually choose how you respond to life, not just react, you must be intentional. When you get up, decide who you want to “be” today. Moment-to-moment awareness is key. Ask yourself throughout the day, “What is my attitude right now? Is it helping the people who depend on me? Is it helping me to be most effective?”

This philosophy can also be applied to your personal life. When we actively apply these practices we may see a difference in our view of work, and our interactions with our friends and family. I hope you all have a great week!

April