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Choose Your Attitude

I often feel that I should write more frequently to keep my blog going and that in itself quite often stops me because I never wanted this to be about “having” to write for the sake of it. I just wanted a vehicle where I could write whenever I felt I had something to say that could be of value to whoever chose to read it.

At the same time I have a very busy work schedule at the moment, which means that I spend more time writing my personal journal than this blog. (Call me old fashioned, but I love writing by hand)

The busy work schedule did result in me getting hold of a book on how to basically make work more light hearted and fun, which is desperately needed in the kind of work I do. Lately I have found myself getting more and more serious about the whole thing and also feeling that I am struggling to find the time to get everything done on time.

The book was a reminder on how good and funny things can be. I first got introduced to the principles in the book while training with an Insurance Company in 1999. During the training they showed us a video of a particular fish market in seattle (The World Famous Pike Place Fish Market)

After watching the video, I was pretty much ready to pack my bags, fly to Seattle and go work there. The energy these guys have and put into their day is incredible and inspiring. If a group of fishmongers can have so much fun at work, then surely anybody can!

I finished my training and in time forgot about the whole fish thing, until about 6 weeks ago when I crossed paths with a book that was written by the same people who created the video and it is one of the best reads I have experienced in a long time. A lot of the “Self Help” books can be a bit heavy at times but this one has such a light approach in getting the message across and I found myself laughing a lot.

The book is primarily geared towards creating a better atmosphere at work and that was exactly what i wanted to achieve. However, the first time I read it, I made the assumption that everybody would buy into it just like that!

What I forgot to realise was the fact that I was trying to change everyone else’s attitude and kind of forgot to change my own!!!!!

Before I go any further, let me briefly describe the 4 ingredients:

  1. Play
  2. Make Their Day
  3. Be There
  4. Choose Your Attitude

The second time I read it I decided to just try and live those principles without telling anyone hoping that maybe that way they would at least want to know where the change came from.

The interesting thing is that when I decided to read it with me in mind rather than changing everyone around me things started to change. In the past 3 weeks I have felt yet another positive change in myself.

I decided to do my best to be there for whoever needed my help as well as do whatever I could think of to put a mile on people’s faces and I have to tell you, it feels really good to actually give someone your full attention and it feels good to put a smile on someone else’s face.

The side effect of that is that now I am very behind with my own work but I guess that is nothing more than a learning curve! The main point for me is that no matter how busy you may seem or how bad you think your day is going, take some time and do something for someone else and when you see the gratitude in their eyes it is worth it. More importantly, what started as purely a journey to create a more enjoyable work atmosphere has impacted on how I am in my personal life as well, especially how to choose your attitude in any situation.

If you want to learn more, you can get the book from your local book store or by clicking the links below;

Fish!: A Remarkable Way to Boost Morale and Improve Results (UK)

Fish! A Remarkable Way to Boost Morale and Improve Results (US)

A short clip from Pike Place Fish Market

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