No Matter What Team You’re On: The Only Thing Contagious Is Your Attitude

I can do everything through him who gives me strength.
Philippians 4:13 NIV

When I hear the word contagious I get worried—real worried. Whatever “it” is, I don’t want to get it. I don’t want my kids to get it, nor my friends, and anyone else I care about.

But there’s another kind of contagious we should all want to catch and pass on to everyone around us,  whether it’s at work, at school, on the playing field, or in the home.

It’s a positive attitude.

I’m reading my tenth John Maxwell book (right in a row) and honestly, this guy’s attitude is changing mine. Instead of seeing “what’s wrong” or “what needs fixing”—because as a reviewer I’m trained to look for the flaws and make note of them—I’m first focusing on “what’s right” and “what’s working” and that simple exercise has helped me work through some difficult challenges that have had me frustrated and stuck.

I could go on and on about how positively life-changing Maxwell’s work has been but better yet, let me just share a little about his theory on how the contagion of attitude spreads. It’s simple. A leader’s attitude spreads just as quickly as any virus. If the leader (or boss) exhibits a consistently positive, upbeat, “I believe in you,” mindset, his people will follow suit. Likewise if the leader exhibits negativity and a depressing, critical attitude toward the company and its employees, others will fall in line.

Keep in mind, how we think influences what we say and how we say it. Whether we are at the top or the bottom level of leadership, each of us has a responsibility to spread a good word wherever we go.

Lord, this world is full of discouragement and negativity and there are times I fall into it myself. Help me to keep my focus on You and what You can do through me despite what is happening all around me. Amen.

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MicheleHoweMichele Howe is the author of twelve books for women and has published over 1600 articles, reviews, and curriculum to more than 100 different publications. Her articles and reviews have been published in Good Housekeeping, First For Women, Single Parent Family, Christian Single, and many other publications. Michele’s single parenting titles include Going It Alone and Still Going It Alone. After having undergone six shoulder surgeries, Michele saw the need for a women’s inspirational health-related book co-authored with her orthopedic surgeon titled, Burdens Do a Body Good: Meeting Life’s Challenges with Strength (and Soul), released in 2010 and from which Prescription for Life, their health, medical and surgical informational book, is based.

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