For the majority of the time you’re at work, let’s say 75% (we all have off days), what’s your attitude? Gung-ho get-it-done? Excitement? Just happy to have a job? Get through the day so you can go home?
Whether or not you agree with where Alexander is going with this, he is absolutely correct that work is a choice. You can choose not to work (and face the consequences on your lifestyle), you can choose the work you do.
But a critical element that Alexander leaves out – you can also choose your attitude. If the work you do every day is not something you “love,” you can choose to do it with an attitude that expresses your desire to do a good job, deliver an excellent end product, and respect those around you.
Even if you tend to love the work you do, but occasionally get an assignment you don’t enjoy or teammates who rub you the wrong way, you can still choose your attitude.
To Alexander's credit, a more recent post on his blog included this excellent example of choosing your attitude at work with this restroom attendant:
It’s that ability to choose that sets us apart. Those around us (bosses and colleagues alike) make it easier to choose a positive attitude by appreciating our efforts and the attitude we demonstrate in accomplishing our goals. Encouraging and reinforcing the right attitude as well as the right results is a large part of the discussion in our new book, Winning with a Culture of Recognition, as well.