— Focus on being positive. Look on the bright side of things. See the glass as half-full rather than half-empty. Try to look at the positive aspect of situations you find yourself in. One person I worked with kept a money jar where he had family members add a $1 every time he said something positive and they take away a $1 every time he said something negative or whiny. This was a great way for him to see how common statements he made were seen by others as very sarcastic or negative. This enabled him to think about what he was saying to reframe it or to be more positive. In addition, if you find yourself surrounded by negative people, you may need to spend less time with them. Negative people can suck the energy out of you, making it difficult for you to remain positive.
— Show patience. Having patience enables you to relax and not feel so stressed. We live in a very impatient world where people expect everything to be done quickly. When you are in long lines or stuck in traffic, having patience enables you to maintain your enthusiasm and positive attitude. On the other hand, losing your cool can kill your enthusiasm.
We all enjoy working around enthusiastic people. They inspire us and motivate us to give more and to be better people. Now, we just need to maintain our enthusiasm and spread it to others. It will make work more rewarding and successful for us. As Dale Carnegie said, "Flaming enthusiasm, backed up by horse sense and persistence, is the quality that most frequently makes for success."
Russell is the vice dean and the director of the Executive Coaching and Leadership Development Program at the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business. She is a licensed industrial and organizational psychologist and has more than 25 years of experience coaching executives and consulting on leadership and career management.