In college we had to read a book called Fish! A Remarkable Way to Boost Morale and Improve Results. The book is about a fish market in Seattle. It is known for a great place to work and an entertaining place to visit. They are always laughing and everyone seems to be having fun. There are large fish being thrown from station to station to be packaged and sold.
Here is what I remember from the book; Choose Your Attitude. It was a great book with lots of other great information and I would recommend it to anyone, but that is what stuck with me. The book explained that every day the employees are told to choose their attitude when they come to work. They are expected to be happy to be at work and have fun.
I remember the discussion in class turned to talking about having a bad day. The professor discussed how it is a mind set and a choice. If you wake up and stub your toe and you say “this is going to be a bad day”, it probably will be. This was an epiphany for me and since that day I have never let an event give me an excuse to have a bad day. It is our choice.
This business has experienced tremendous success as a result of these simple rules put forth in the book. How would each of our lives improve if we made the choice to be happy? Whether it is in our career, family life, tax bracket, and any other situation we are in. We got in that position by making choices. Now we have to come to grips with those choices. From there you can make new choices on how to improve your situation. But this can only happen if you are thinking positive and honestly.
Every day and in every situation we have the choice to choose our attitude. Napoleon Hill tells us that with every failure or obstacle in our lives we are presented with a seed for success of equal or greater opportunity. All we have to do is step back and look for that opportunity.
So next time you are asking “why me?” Maybe you should be focusing on the positives and the opportunity that is being presented. And by choosing our attitude we are making that decision a lot easier to make.