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Our attitudes are influenced by many things and people and can be traced all the way back to our parents. What was their attitude when they would come home from work? Was it "I had the best day at work today" or "Today was such a terrible day at work"? How often as children did we hear these types of comments from adults? They can leave a lasting impression on us. The same is true at your fire station.
GUEST COMMENTARY >>> By RYAN PENNINGTON Are You Contagious? “I don’t want to go to work in that we have many advantages; pleasure of working with many different today!” How many times have just open your eyes and ears to them. types of firefighters and leaders and I you started your day with that Most of us work far fewer days per always find it amazing to watch the sta- statement? We all have. Although it year than the average person does. tion change with just the introduction may be true at some points in our That’s one advantage. We get to of one member. It is our job to realize lives, we must be careful that we don’t spend time between calls with people that only we can control our attitudes, make it “contagious.” Some days it is who have a lot of the same interests to say “he makes me so angry” is a bad really hard to keep a positive attitude as we do. That’s another advantage. choice and no one can “make you” do and stay “on task,” but it doesn’t have By now, you may be asking your- anything. You make the choices and to be if we can find ways to keep self, who is this guy and why should I this time you must suppress your feel- away the negative attitudes and all the take advice from him? My only answer ings and express a positive attitude so negativity that results from it. is I am where you that you don’t give Once upon a time in your fire were earlier in your Are you making a power to those who service career, you were probably the career, the guy riding frustrate you. most energetic, excited and motivated person in your company. The trick is in the backseat of the fire truck and ambu- positive or negative Our attitudes are influenced by many finding out how to stay that way. We must always strive to find the “good lance! Sometimes, the voice from the difference? things and people and can be traced all side” of our job and continually work backward-facing seat the way back to our on our relationships with our col- is not as easily heard as we progress parents. What was their attitude when leagues. A negative attitude will not through our fire service career. The they would come home from work? Was only affect you, but will trickle down to choices that we make early in our fire it “I had the best day at work today” those around you. One person com- career will affect every day for the rest or “Today was such a terrible day at plaining seems to lead to another and of our lives, personally and profession- work”? How often as children did we soon it has consumed your entire sta- ally. We need to focus in on the things hear these types of comments from tion or possibly even your department. we can control, as you have a choice adults? They can leave a l
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