Positive Attitude – an Overview

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What is Positive Attitude and Why is It Important?

Positive attitude is a self-belief skill, and self-belief is one of five important life and work skills you can build as a Young Professional.

Your attitude is the way you act and how you think about things. It’s your reaction to different situations and people, and your outlook on the world. Having a positive attitude means you find the good side of things and behave in a way which shows you’re willing to make an effort. In a professional context this includes things like showing up on time, doing your best at work, and taking responsibility for your actions.

A positive attitude is important as it shows you’re willing to put effort into your work, and will bring a positive presence to your office or workplace. Employers look for this as they know they can rely on employees with these traits to get the job done, as well as motivating others and creating a good atmosphere. If an interviewer can see that you’ll show up interested, enthusiastic and positive every day you will bring real value to the organisation, and that makes you more likely to be hired!

Developing and Demonstrating a Positive Attitude

A positive attitude is made up of different traits and skills. You can develop it by working on these things; using your initiative, having good teamwork skills, and being resilient to issues and problems all show a positive attitude.

It also means choosing to see the bright side of things, and focusing on doing your work well. To help findhe positives in life more, why not try writing down one thing you’re excited about each morning. Go out of your way to make people’s day and help. If you see a colleague struggling with a task ask if they want some help, or offer to make them a drink the next time you go to the kitchen.

You can let prospective employers know you have a good attitude by making sure you arrive on time for interviews, being enthusiastic and interested in the work, and taking responsibility for things. Ask questions about the job and workplace, and talk about why you want to work there. Passion is just as important as having the right skills; enthusiasm can’t be taught and it’s easy to spot if it’s genuine.

Another way to show this is with examples of a time you put a lot of effort into a task or project. Have you taken on a challenge like running a marathon? Or gone out of your way to volunteer or help somebody? That all shows that you are motivated, positive, and willing to work hard. Remember to use the STARRS method to talk about your examples in interviews.


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