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Initiative and Optimism

An optimist makes the best of a bad situation. A person with initiative is moving forward, meeting goals, and making improvements in the workplace. These two components of attitude make a big difference at work.

Initiative

People with initiative are ready to take advantage of opportunities. These are the people who put new ideas into place and proactively improve their workplace. They take action before problems have reached a critical stage. They:

Go above and beyond what’s required – People with initiative don’t just “get by.” They look for ways to improve service and find new customers. They think of ways to solve problems and to make life easier for everyone.

Are proactive – These people act before they have to. If they think a customer isn’t happy, they look for a resolution instead of waiting for the customer to angrily call in. They know that by cutting through red tape, they can find a solution before there’s a problem.

Motivate others – People with initiative get other team members thinking about ways to solve problems and improve their working environment. They act as a source of inspiration for others.

Are calm in a crisis – In crises, these people focus on solving the problem. They don’t panic and they don’t get distracted by minor details. They work on solving the issue, then moving ahead with a resolution.

Optimism

Optimism is all about interpretation – It’s how people perceive events. Pessimistic people tend to see things in a negative, hopeless light. For these people, the glass is half empty. Optimists tend to shed a positive light on events. They find a positive response, even in trying situations.

Even optimists experience failure – The impact of failure is closely tied to how you see the setback. An optimist sees a failure as a result of controllable factors, rather than a result of a personal flaw. Optimists make a realistic evaluation of a mistake. They figure out how they contributed, and learn from their mistakes.

Initiative and optimism are two key parts of your ability to motivate yourself. Your drive will help you find solutions before problems become serious. If you’re optimistic, you’ll find a positive response to difficult situations. Your attitude toward any situation will determine your success.

Commitment

A company that considers its employees to be shareholders often has the most committed employees. This matters because loyalty and commitment benefit both the company and the individual employees.

Workers feel more motivated and the company feels the result of this dedication. When employees feel committed, they:

1. Are inspired by the company’s mission – For a committed employee, work isn’t just a job, it’s a cause she cares about. She feels good about her career. She has high morale, which is contagious. She helps improve the attitude of other employees as well.

2. Make sacrifices to meet goals – A committed employee is willing to work hard because she cares about the company’s cause. She doesn’t mind working long hours to meet corporate goals.

She thinks these goals matter – they make the world a better place. Also, if an employee knows her employer rewards people for hard work, it’s easy for her to make a short-term sacrifice.

3. Integrate company’s values into their work – Commitment to the company’s mission can have a dramatic effect on the employee’s day-to-day behavior. Committed employees are often willing to make personal sacrifices to meet goals.

They also integrate the goals of the company into their behavior. The company’s goals are a part of their behavior pattern.

4. Seek opportunities to meet the group’s goal – If a committed employee knows, for example, that quality is important to the group’s products, she makes sure everything she does is right the first time. She tries to be as efficient as possible, so she can help keep prices low.

The level of employee commitment is a key part of success for any organization. Dedicated workers will make personal sacrifices to meet a mission they can buy in to. They’ll seek opportunities to meet goals.

Employee commitment is a match between individual goals and company goals. Workers are loyal to companies with similar values.