Just what is attitude? Webster defines it as a mental position with regard to a fact or state, a feeling of emotions toward a fact or state. Webster defines hurdle as an “obstacle to be overcome”.

Just how high is your attitude hurdle set? Is yours a high hurdle? Are you a chronic complainer? Can you never find good in anyone? Are you always criticizing everyone – subordinates and superiors – alike? Does it seem like you are always unhappy? Do you dislike what you see in yourself?

Or is your attitude hurdle set low? Do you accept change as the basis for your job; as challenges to enjoy working out? Do you focus on subordinate potential rather than their inabilities? Do you accept criticism as a learning experience? Do you use constructive criticism as a motivated, teaching tool for your subordinates? Do you present a pleasant outlook, cheerfulness, and spirit of cooperation to everyone you meet?

Do you want to build and preserve a good, positive attitude? Here are some of the things you must do. Be a leader, not a follower. Let your subordinates know that they can trust and depend on you. Set the positive attitude example not the excuse example.

Be fair and consistent, but firm. Your officers will welcome discipline if they feel it is fair and administered properly.

Be a good communicator and listener. Know what you are talking about and be able to answer questions.

Accept what you have to work with. Do not complain about not having the tools for the job; use what you have to the best of your ability.

Think positive instead of negative, look for the good in each challenging situation, see things in their best light.

Take initiative. Believe in yourself, you will never know if you can be successful in overcoming challenges until you make your best effort.

Be patient. Do not expect things to happen perfectly, immediately. Any improvement is success that breeds more success.

Be willing to admit when you are wrong. Redress willingly, quickly and never make excuses!

Think, write, and talk positively. Be happy, stand tall, and display enthusiasm. Associate with positive people; and by your example, encourage everyone to be a positive person!

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