Adapting to change was the subject of a recent Harvard Business Review article. The article revealed things we can do for ourselves to “get better at change.”
Right away, I thought of other research that reveals how we treat others has a tremendous impact on how we feel about ourselves. Combining those thoughts, I believe you can boil them down to two essentials:
- Be optimistic! You are responsible for your attitude.
And you can grow in this important area. Chuck Swindoll said it best:
"The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think, say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company... a church... a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we embrace for that day. We cannot change our past...we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play the one string we have, and that is our attitude... I am convinced that life is 10%what happens to me and 90% how I react to it. And so it is with you... we are in charge of our Attitudes.”
- Encourage other people.
Everyone loves encouragement. The proven best thing that a boss can do for her employees is asking them two questions at the beginning of the week. First ask, "What’s your most important priority to work on this week?" After they tell you, follow that up with, “How can I help?” Employees report being more encouraged by those two questions than any others! “My boss cares about my work and cares about me!"
When is the last time that you went out of your way to give a quick call or drop someone a surprise note just to encourage the person? Try it the next three days in a row… it’s a game changer. Now, part of my morning prayers are “God, who do you want me to encourage today?” Be careful… He will bring to mind some people that you haven’t thought of in a long time!
Want to grow during Covid? Every week check your attitude and encourage others. You’ll like yourself more and others will like you more as well.