Last week we discussed two fundamental character traits; those traits were maintaining a strong work ethic and taking the proper initiative. This week we are going to cover two more equally essential character traits that will help you achieve success throughout your fire service career:
- You must maintain a positive attitude, and
- Have the mindset of sharing this with others while on duty.
The academy and the probationary period can be compared to a pressure cooker. You will be pushed beyond your physical and mental limits. However, having a positive attitude with the correct mindset will enable you to overcome this pressure.
There will be bad days. There will be days where you will be completely broken down. You will find out what you are made of and what your limits are during this process. It is essential to know what your pain threshold is and also what you are capable of achieving under pressure. This is a profession where you will be under pressure your entire public safety career. It is essential to learn how to improvise, adapt, and overcome in this stressful environment. Remember, this is the best job in the world. Every day we are on duty is an opportunity to help someone that needs us to mitigate his or her emergency.