There have been times I have allowed work to get me down. I can remember many times when I just didn’t want to have to go to work because of what I had to deal with at the office. When the trials from work weighed heavy upon me, those were the times that I needed to take charge of my attitude—but those were also the hardest times to take charge of my attitude.
Chuck Swindoll, the senior pastor of Stonebriar Community Church in Frisco, Texas, and the voice for the Insight for Living broadcast, said this about attitude: “I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it. And so it is with you… we are in charge of our Attitudes.”
What’s your attitude like at work? Are you going through trials at work? Here are three things to keep in mind to help you take charge of your attitude.
1. Expect trials.
You will have stuff happen to you at work. Not everything that happens at work will be pleasant. You will have rough days at work wherever you work. You will have to accept that work is work.
Having said that, knowing that you will have to deal with unpleasant things at work can prepare you to weather those storms when they come—because they will come.
2. Accept the trials.
When the trials come, be ready to persevere through them. Understand that your boss will have bad days, your colleagues will have bad days, and you will have bad days. You can get through them, and you can become better through them.
Instead of becoming bitter through the trials, you can focus on becoming better through the trials. Be willing to let the trials draw you closer to God in the process.
3. Maintain a cheerful outlook through the trials.
As the Apostle Paul said in his letter to the Philippians, “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone” (Philippians 4:4-5). Even in the midst of the stuff you have to go through at work, you can still find a way to rejoice in the midst of it.
Your dedication to your work will come through how well you can weather the trials that will come your way. Ultimately the decision rests with you as to how you will deal with what happens to you. You can take charge of your attitude—because as Chuck Swindoll says, you are in charge of your attitude.
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