By Robert J. Tamasy
勞勃．泰默西是領袖資產協會的交通部副部長，這是一個總部在美國喬治亞州亞特蘭大的非營利組織。他也是一個有38年經驗的退休新聞工作者。他寫過一本書「最佳狀態的商業：箴言給今日職場的歷久彌新智慧」（Business At Its Best: Timeless Wisdom from Proverbs for Today”s Workplace）。他也與David A. Stoddard合著一本書「導師之心：啟發人們將其潛能發揮到極至的10個原則」（The Heart of Mentoring: 10 Proven Principles for Developing People to Their Fullest Potential）。要了解更多資訊, 可上網www.leaderslegacy.com 或上他的部落格www.bobtamasy.blogspot.com 。
思想 / 討論題目
你可以想到某位同事的正面和樂觀態度有傳染性嗎？總是有負面態度的人又如何？這樣的人對與他共事的人會有何影響？ 你如何歸類你自己－－主要是有正面的態度或是一向都期待負面的結果？換句話說，你認為「杯子還有半滿的水」或「杯子空了一半」？那樣的態度如何影響你去面對每天的工作？ 你是否認為選擇一個正向、有盼望的態度去面對挑戰真的會帶來改變嗎？請解釋。 你同意與上帝有日漸親密的關係能夠幫助人產生並維持正面的態度嗎？為什麼？註：若你有聖經且想要看有關此主題的其他經文，請看：
IT ALL COMES DOWN TO ATTITUDE
By Robert J. Tamasy
“You have exactly the right attitude to handle this situation.” “You need to do something about changing your attitude. It is terrible!” Obviously these statements are two ends of the extreme, but realistically, what difference does our attitude make in our day-to-day responsibilities in the workplace? If you are properly trained, have the right skills and experience, and receive enough opportunities, can success be far behind?
Not necessarily. People might have the same amount of education, participate in the same training programs, share similar abilities, and be presented with comparable opportunities, but one might succeed while the other fails. What differentiates the two? In many cases it can be summed up in one word: Attitude.
Author Charles Swindoll states it this way: “Attitude is 10 percent what happens to you and 90 percent how you respond to it.” Viktor Frankl, an Austrian neurologist and psychologist who has written powerfully about surviving Nazi concentration camps during World War II, attributed his ability to survive, while so many others perished, to being able to “choose one”s attitude in any given circumstances.”
Many medical practitioners agree that a patient”s attitude, not the quality of health care provided, can be the deciding factor in how the individual fares after major surgery or in coping with a serious disease. A positive, optimistic attitude apparently can be as critical as the surgery itself and prescribed medication. More than four years ago, I underwent open-heart surgery. Before the procedure I had resolved that if I came through it, I would do everything I needed to do for a full recovery, including arduous rehabilitation. To date, that resolve has been very important to my recovery and continued good health.
Apply that type of attitude to the workplace: If you approach a new job – or new assignment – with enthusiasm, filled with determination to learn all you need to master the task and willingness to confront and overcome obstacles, your likelihood of success is very high. That does not mean the work will be easy or without challenges, but starting each day with optimism and confidence definitely influences the outcome.
People having a strong, growing relationship with God often exhibit a positive attitude – even in today”s chaotic, demanding, unpredictable business and professional world. Prayer, wisdom from the Bible, and biblical principles give them resources that others lack. Here are some thoughts about attitude from the Scriptures:
Concentrate on positive things, not negative circumstances. We live in a world where bad news seems to dominate, where discouragement and despair lurk around every corner. To combat that, we need to concentrate on things that bring hope. “…whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things” (Philippians 4:8).
Facing adversity, we can receive wisdom from God. Sometimes circumstances leave us perplexed, unable to determine what to do or which course to take. God promises to provide direction. “If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him” (James 1:5).
A perfect plan exists, even in hardship. Sometimes difficulties and calamities occur that defy explanation. But those who trust in God have the assurance He is aware of the problems and will use them for His divine purpose. “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28).
Robert J. Tamasy is vice president of communications for Leaders Legacy, Inc., a non-profit corporation based in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.A. A veteran journalist for 40 years, he is the author of Tufting Legacies; Business At Its Best: Timeless Wisdom from Proverbs for Today”s Workplace (River City Press); and has coauthored with David A. Stoddard, The Heart of Mentoring (NavPress). For more information, see www.leaderslegacy.com or his blog, www.bobtamasy.blogspot.com.
Can you think of someone you work with whose positive, optimistic attitude is contagious? What about an individual who always seems to have a negative attitude – what kind of impact do people like that have on those that are working with them? How would you characterize yourself – as someone with a predominantly positive attitude, or someone that typically expects a negative outcome? In other words, are you a “glass half full” or “glass half empty” person? How does that affect your approach to your work each day? Do you think that choosing to deal with challenges with a positive, hopeful attitude can truly make a difference? Explain your answer. The statement is made that a growing relationship with God can help in establishing and maintaining a positive attitude. Do you agree? Why or why not?NOTE: If you have a Bible and would like to review additional passages that relate to this topic, consider the following verses: Jeremiah 29:11, 33:3; Romans 5:1-5; Ephesians 3:20; James 1:2-8; 1 John 4:4