Today I want to teach you four big ideas about how to improve your attitude. Your attitude has more to do with your productivity than you've realize.
Let's jump right in and talk about the first idea: assessing your attitude.
I may be dating myself here, but when I grew up, there was a cartoon called Winnie the Pooh. And Winnie the Pooh had several characters on it. But three of the characters, one was Winnie the Pooh, who was a happy go lucky bear, that got along with everyone. And all he wanted to do was have fun and go to the bee infested beehive, because that's where bees hang out, and scoop up some honey and eat the honey and just enjoy life.
And then there was Tigger, who was Winnie the Pooh magnified. Some people would say that I am Tigger. I'm this annoyingly optimistic everywhere every day.
And then there's Eeyore. Poor Eeyore. He was, "woe was me. It's not going to work out. Why bother?"
And I want you to think to yourself: do you relate more to Winnie the Pooh? Are you annoyingly optimistic like I am? Like Tigger?
Or are you an Eeyore?
Depending how you identify yourself with these three characters really affects your productivity. Because let's face it, if you're an Eeyore and your attitude sucks, it's really hard to be productive, right? You'll go through the motions, you'll get the work done, but you won't be happy about it. The Winnie the Poohs and the Tiggers tend to get more stuff done because they love what they do.
Personally, I love any day that ends in Y. Yes, I am this annoying, this optimistic, this tigger-like every single day.
My wife and I right now are going through a trial. It's a pretty serious trial. But people have commented to me on social media, "you're so happy. You're so enthusiastic, you're so positive." I'm like, "well, I woke up this morning. I have two arms and two legs and I have a I have a brain that thinks and, and I can do things. So what's not to be happy about?" We're all going to go through trials.
But what about you? Are you a Winnie the Pooh? Are you a Tigger? Are you Eeyore? If you don't know, if you cannot definitively say "yes, this is who I am", then what you need to do is go to some of your close friends, in your inner circle. You need to take them out to lunch. And you need to say, "listen, I have one question for you. How would you rate my attitude?" You can even use the three characters I gave you in this video. "Would you say I'm a Winnie the Pooh and Tigger, or am I Eeyore? We're close friends. I trust you. Give it to me straight." You want that information because that is going to help you make changes in your life if you need to make changes. Winnie the Poohs and Tiggers get more done than Eeyores do because they enjoy life.
So number one, figure out what your attitude is.
Number two, what are you consuming?
First of all, if you're watching the news, or consuming the news, through magazines, newspapers, social media...please stop.
It does nothing but make you upset, angry and frustrated. And that is not conducive to you being productive.
I'll tell you a true story. A couple weeks ago, I was talking to a potential guest for The Mark Struczewski Podcast. Toward the end of the conversation, they had asked me what I thought about Donald Trump being impeached by the House of Representatives. And I said, "oh, I wasn't aware he was impeached." And the person asked me, "you're joking, right?" And I'm, "no, I don't watch the news. I don't surf the news on social media. And I even tell people, unless a hurricane is coming toward my house or a satellite is going to fall on my house, don't tell me what's going on the news. Because the thing is, what happens in Washington, DC or in the city of Houston, where I live, doesn't affect what I have to do today or tomorrow. What it does do is affect my attitude.
And so this person was like, "you really didn't know?" No, I really didn't know. And I don't care because I have got my own things to worry about. Now, you may think I'm totally off my rocker, but you know, what? Do I really need to know if the leader of our country got impeached? No. I mean, it's going to go into history books. But I have things I have to do today. You have things to do today. So try to spend less time consuming the news.
That's a big thing. Taking a news fast. I did a news fast for 30 days and I'm still doing it four months later. You don't need the news.
What are you consuming on social media? Are you consuming a lot of negativity, a lot of gossip on social media? Is it causing you to get angry?
What about the people you hang around? Do they tend to be gossipers? Do they tend to be complainers, whether it's about co-workers or the boss or the company or the economy? Whatever it is, you want to make sure you spending less time exposing yourself to these things because what you consume really affects your mindset, which in turn affects your productivity.
Which leads me to idea number three.
How do you feel after you consume what you consume? Does it make you feel good? Does it edify you? Do you feel on fire? Do you feel excited?
Or do you feel frustrated and angry and annoyed and upset? Because it really does matter. I want you to take a step back and go, "okay, after I consume whatever I'm consuming, social media, a conversation, a podcast, a TV show, whatever it is, how does that make me feel?" Take a serious inventory of your attitude after you consume whatever you're consuming.
The fourth idea is what needs to go.
We've talked about your current attitude, we talked about what you're consuming, we talked about how you feel after you consume that stuff. But what needs to go? What in your life that you're consuming, that is causing you to be negative, to be frustrated, to be annoyed, whatever word you want to use, what do you need to get rid of?
Maybe you need to do what I did: go on the news fast. Just cut yourself off from all news. And the key here is you got to tell the people around you don't share the news with you. If they start talking about it, walk away.
Maybe you need to listen to different podcasts. Maybe you need to hang around different people. Maybe you need to change your occupation or maybe you need to go to the same job at a different location. Maybe you don't like your boss. Maybe you don't like your co-workers. Maybe don't like the commute to work. Whatever it is.
What in your life needs to go? Once you figure out what needs to go and you start to jettison these things from your life, your attitude is going to improve. You're going to be more excited. You may even become annoyingly optimistic like I am, a Tigger, who really love every day that ends and Y. Because when that happens, you become more productive.
That is how you develop a better attitude. You just can't say, "well, I'm a Winnie the Pooh, or I'm a Tigger". You can't do that. You have to go through this process.