You may have heard me talk about the first newsletter article I ever wrote was about having a positive attitude. I found it. The article first appeared in the CACVT newsletter then in the Veterinary Technician Magazine. Yep, this has been me all along!
CACVT Newsletter 2001
Veterinary Technician Magazine 2004
Rebecca Rose, CVT
Attitude, you choose it every day.
Have you ever been told, “You’re too positive?” If you have, it is by far one of the best compliments you will ever receive. To be so upbeat, genuine, sincere, and passionate, content, acceptant of whom you are, where you are, and of the company you are in. It is all about attitude!
Ask yourself, “Am I living each day to its fullest potential?” If the answer is no, then change your approach, change your mind-set and give yourself time to make the adjustments (conscious 21 days).
You know what the difference is between a good technician with good technical skills and a great technician with great technical skills? I would have to say it is a positive outlook to problem-solving, broad smile and cheerful attitude. A technician can hone their skill, set catheters beautifully, calculate anesthetic doses accurately, give adequate health care and have a horrifically “bad taste in their mouth” all day. This tone can set waves throughout a ward and shut down the upbeat personnel quicker that a dog can shake a stick at.
My point is this, if you find yourself with that “bad taste in your mouth,” look within your own energies and personal attitudes. You can only be responsible for your own actions, whether that is in regards to your own choices or in reaction to someone else’s conscious choice. Within a work environment, there will always be clients who have had a bad day and bring that with them into the exam room, there will always be an employee who is experiencing life changes, and typically there is a co-worker that just seems to rub you wrong in some manner, these experiences exist in every clinic, every day, everywhere. So do you choose to get caught up in the clients “piss poor day,” in the employee’s life crisis, or allow that “rubbing” to continue to wear on you each day? Or do you choose to be bigger than that, listening with an emphatic ear then let it roll off your back? These scenarios are predictable, I imagine in the majority of hospitals gossip ensues around all circumstances, creating tension and discomfort.
Personal attitude, choose yours each day. Norman Vincent Peal writes about The Power of Positive Thinking. He suggests you create your own happiness (no one else is truly responsible for it). When negative thoughts, words or mannerisms (like rolling eyes or slamming equipment), start to invade the day’s activities, diffuse them. Choose to ask the person throwing the temper tantrum to kindly take it somewhere else (which is exceptionally difficult when this happens to be the doctor, although he/she too needs to understand the stress being created) or choose to ignore it.
My doctor use to tell me, “Don’t take it personally!” Took me nearly seven years to really understand him. He truly meant it, not to take his actions personally! What a day of epiphany! We use to go around and around, now (through life experiences) we get along much better and I approach our differences as a positive light. Thank God for Diversity! We all have different backgrounds, past experiences; purposes and we all must embrace the beauty of our differences. Imagine how boring life would be if we were all the same.
Attitude, you choose it every day in each precious moment. What will yours be?