Are you working for your posterity or your posterior? On Sunday, are you looking at getting to the week…or through the week? Are you thinking CYA or JOY?
Much of how you get things done depends on how your attitude. I think back to one of my previous posts, The Precedent, and the manager of the restaurant I spoke to. He was truly grateful and the effect of praising him and his team had a replicating effect as well. Speaking to him a few weeks later, he said that after I left, he stopped his whole team and told them about it. He said that this is what they had been striving for…to consistently serve a good product, and he was delighted to share the experience of customer satisfaction.
We just do not realize how far our influence goes? People talk about making a good first impression. It is sooooooo important. People form an impression of you before they ever speak to you, if they ever do speak to you. If you are dressed outside of the norm, your expression and attitude usually have to work harder to maintain a good first impression.
Now you may say that you don’t care what other people think of you and to some degree, that may be true. But….how hard do you want to make life for yourself? And to change your “first impression rating”, it takes some preparation.
I used to listen to and read different authors telling you how to be happy. It would be a bit comical at times when I would hear them talk about making yourself happy. It sounded artificial and forced and actually it was. But it was more like rubbing menthol on sore muscles. It started on the outside and worked its way in. Your attitude is affected either by you or your surroundings.
Robert D. Smith may not have coined this phrase but when he said it, I remembered it. He said, “I don’t sing because I’m happy. I am happy because I sing”. Sounds kinda dumb, right? Well that “dumb” habit may mean the difference getting good service and bad. Having a nice conversation or negative? Getting a kiss from your spouse or a look?
Preparation for life is a part of life. It is a paradoxical thing that keeps feeding itself and determines really HOW you are…
So…HOW are you?