Ever been told about someone’s infectious personality? It’s usually in reference to a smile, or happiness, or some other positive attitude attribute. But have you ever considered that all personalities are infectious?
Think for a minute about the number of times you’ve walked away from a conversation in a different mood than you entered it. Sometimes that’s a result of the conversation topic, but more often than not it’s a result of the stronger personality in the conversation. Or, more accurately, the stronger attitude. Wait, there’s a difference?
We often attribute someone’s personality to a single encounter, or a few sporadic ones. Very rarely are we dealing with that person’s true personality in those few brief moments of contact. What we’re really dealing with is that person’s attitude, which is generally momentary and temporary. It’s also very important to understand that, although momentary and temporary, attitude is also a habit, while personality is of a person’s nature.
So, if that’s the case, which is more important? The way I understand things, habits can overcome natural instincts. If I’m correct as my experience tells me I am, the habit is that which matters most. It’s also great news, because habits can be developed.
Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.
– Thomas Jefferson
Now, to the real point of the article.
Is your attitude, your habit, infectious in the right way? You change your situations and decide their outcomes based on the way you infect those around you. You change your life by being the sort of infectious people associate with laughter, not the kind that they want to avoid like the flu. (Could I possibly include any more infection related similes?)
Like I said, it’s the habit that matters. If your habit has to be the positive sort of infectious, that’s a good thing, because it’s under your control.
Inge Geerdens, founder and CEO of CVWarehouse, offers some great advice to companies when it comes to attitudes and hiring. It’s worth the read, since a bad hire can cost a fortune (I’ll bring you some stats on that in a future article).