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Why I am Rocking My Rose-Colored Glasses
If you find yourself feeling negatively about your work environment, you may not be able to change your situation, but you can change your perspective.  We each have our own unique perspective and no one can truly understand what it's like to view the world through the eyes of another. It is the reason two children can grow up in the same household and glean such different lessons from the experience.  It is the reason why some people triumph over great tragedy or trauma.  They perceive themselves as strong overcomers!  While others perceived themselves to be doomed to a life of misfortune.
It is also the reason why two employees can work in the same environment and have such opposing attitudes about their workplace.  As a Human Resources professional, I observe these opposing perspectives often.  One person perceives a change in management as a bright new start.  Another perceives the change as signaling job instability and thinks about whether it’s time to look for a more stable work environment.
We are attached to our perspective.  It is our truth!  We even find people to affirm us.  We form perspective affirming work cliques!  We side with those who have the same views, and avoid those who have an opposite view.  Those who have similar views, reinforce our perspective and make us feel more secure, confirming that our view is accurate.  People with opposing views challenge our perspective and make us feel unsure of ourselves and uncomfortable.   
We boldly act based on these perceived truths.  Like the employee in my previous example who starts applying for jobs after the management change, which he perceived to signal an unstable work environment.
Perspective can seem really difficult to alter, but, good news, it is a choice!  It requires the decision to stop and bravely ask "What if there was another way of looking at this situation?” 
If you are feeling negative about your current work situation, what if you chose to see the positives in your work situation?  We can put on rose-colored glasses and always assume the positive.  How would that change your actions and alter your outcomes?  How would it change the way you feel about your work environment?  How would it impact your work relationships?
On your way home this evening think of the color red.  Notice how all of a sudden all of the red cars stand out, there a red sign you never noticed before, and you notice the red button on your car’s dashboard.  You know this game! 
When you change your perspective, the positives in your situation will become more apparent.  What if you thought like this…
1) The work I do is meaningful!
2) I am in the exact place I am meant to be on my career journey!
3) The people around me want to help me!
Make these 3 perspective altering assumptions and watch your work experience change for the better!
Work With Me People! 

by Jessica Hollis
Professional Recruiter
All Children's Hospital Johns Hopkins Medicine

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