We make hundreds of choices each day:
- which shirt to wear
- what to drink with lunch
- whether or not to return a phone message
- what time we’re going to bed
- what to cook for dinner
- if we want to clean the bathroom or read a book
We may not realize that one of our most important daily choices is our attitude. The fun and happy folks at the Pike’s Place Fish Market in Seattle pioneered this concept and I was reminded of it today during a discussion with one of my clients. When we wake up in the morning, not only do we choose which color socks to wear, but we also choose our attitude. We can decide to be happy or angry; positive or negative; energetic or lethargic; friendly and outgoing or keep to ourselves.
I don’t mean to sugarcoat a difficult situation, or to ignore reality. We may work in a demanding job, but we can choose to look at our responsibilities in a positive vs a negative light. We may be under tremendous stress, but we can choose to find something that energizes us in each day.
Tomorrow when you wake up, stop and think for a minute as you’re deciding between cereal or toast. How do you want to approach the day? It’s your choice.