Can you recall a mood you just couldn’t shake? Of course you can! Even the most experienced and positive business professionals can have those moments (or days) when motivation is low and stress is high. Or, when attitudes are negative and even toxic. Since we know how damaging a bad attitude can be to our communication and our leadership presence, these are the times we might say to ourselves, “I just need to snap out of it!” Or, “I need an attitude adjustment!”
That is easier said than done. Here are a few quick, easy, and somewhat unusual tools to help you adjust your own attitude and be a more positive and productive leader, team member, and professional.
- Say “Thank You” – It is always smart to practice basic good manners. When you are not the best version of yourself, it can be powerful to unleash the power of a “thank you” above and beyond basic good manners. Ask yourself, “Who has helped me recently?” Or, “Who has gone the extra mile?” Think about things people do that often go unappreciated and then take action. Send a quick email. Write a note. Stop by their work area and say “thank you.”
- Inhale Joy and Exhale Fear – If possible, do this outside with some fresh air.Or, stand by a window and look outside. Take a few deep breathes and while you breathe, imagine that the air you inhale contains peace, joy, energy – anything positive. And, when you exhale imagine expelling fear and anger – all the negative. About five breaths can make a positive difference.
- Hydrate – Seems obvious, right? However, we sometimes forget our moods can be a reflection of our physical state. Dehydration can cause headaches, confusion, and slower response times. And did you know that if you are thirsty you are already dehydrated? Take a mini-break from your tasks and drink some water. Imagine that water washing away the crankiness and imbuing you with peace. Sound silly? Maybe. But, it works!
Using these resources can go a long way towards helping you to Snap Out of It! For more ideas, click here
Pamela Jett is a communication skills and leadership expert who knows that words matter! In her keynote presentations, workshops, books and online learning programs, she moves beyond communication theory into practical strategies that can be implemented immediately to create the kind of leadership, teamwork, and employee engagement results her clients want.