Are You Contagious? by ProQuest

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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.

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  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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