I have been thinking about this word and it's meaning for a few months now and I am finding it has crept into my vocabulary and is popping up more frequently.
nounIt has come up often for me when I try to describe the type of teachers/educators I need to have in my organisation to get the kind of curriculum I value and envision. I need educators who have a reflective disposition, who think deeply and are deeply curious about the work the children are doing.1.the predominant or prevailing tendency of one's spirits; natural mental and emotional outlook or mood; characteristic attitude: a girl with a pleasant disposition.2.state of mind regarding something; inclination: a disposition to gamble.Synonyms
1. nature, character, humor. Disposition, temper, temperament refer to the aspects and habits of mind and emotion that one displays over a length of time. Disposition is the natural or prevailing aspect of one's mind as shown in behavior and in relationships with others: a happy disposition; a selfish disposition.
It's hard to interview for disposition, just as it is for common sense and loyalty and a sense of humour.
I know enough about leadership to know I need to model the disposition I want to see in others.
Also true in my home life, my life outside work.
And it's a choice......
This morning during my Jazzercise Workout at 8am our instructor JT threw out the challenge to us that we smile through the whole class......seriously at 8am on a Saturday? Never one to back down from a challenge I decided to try and smile for an hour while sweating and concentrating and working out with intensity.
It was hard and I had to make a conscious choice to keep smiling. When I do the kick boxing routines with good intense jabs I usually get right into exorcising my stress and anger and frustrations so doing it with a smile was a challenge.
But it sure changed my disposition. In the "fake it till you make it" stakes I smiled until my cheeks hurt but I actually felt happier by the end.
Those endorphins took note of my disposition. And responded.
In a very stressful and busy weekend and week ahead, and at a time of year I feel like an empty toothpaste tube someone is still squeezing hard to get the last bits out of I need to check on my disposition often.
And keep smiling!