9 Ways To Keep a Positive Attitude
HEART OF THE MATTER
Our attitude determines our altitude. Whether we feel high or we feel low is going to be, in large part, determined by our attitude. I believe our attitude allows us to respond to life in a way that either builds ourselves and those around up, or it can be a destructive force that brings everyone, including ourselves, down. So here are 9 Tips on how to Cultivate a Positive Attitude so you can live life FULL OUT!
CHOOSE IT! Choose to find good in EVERY situation! There’s some good that can come out of every situation. So constantly look for the good. If a thought like, ‘this stinks’ or ‘just my luck’ pops into your head. Come up with a catch phrase or a musical tune to knock it out. My go to is, “It’s always perfect.” It’s something I believe with 100% of my core being and I find it’s always true. We often can’t see what’s so perfect about it in the moment, but it eventually always reveals itself. Choose to find the positive in every situation!
START STRONG: I was recently watching a TV interview with Tim Ferris, author and success phenom who interviews the most successful people on the planet on his Podcast. He said every one of those people (from the founder of Amazon to gold medalists to billionaires) all have a strong and consistent morning routine. (And by the way, most of them include some sort of meditation….just sayin’!) I’ve found how you start a day is often how you end it – so start strong. Whether you’ve got 1 minute or 1 hour, start your day in a POSITIVE, GRATEFUL manner and it will carry you through the rest of your day.
MOVE: There’s no debate that exercise releases positive chemicals into the blood stream. So MOVE. And if it’s a vigorous walk you’re taking, listen to some positive, uplifting audios while you’re at it! And if you can get outside – even better! Research has shown that being in nature leaves you feeling more energized and positive about life.
HAVE SOME FUN! When you can laugh at yourself and the world around you, not only does your attitude improve, but you improve the attitude of those around you. When something goes wrong if we can laugh instead of complain, smile instead of pout and find the funny instead of the fury, we’ll go a long way towards staying positive instead of falling into pity or victim mode.
WATCH YOUR WORDS: Our words have power and it’s easy to abuse that power. When someone asks you how you are, make sure you respond in the positive. Answer with “fantastic” or “super” or “amazing.” Even if you’re not feeling that way at the moment, the power of your words will begin to shift you in that direction. Our mind believes what we feed it. That’s why we cry at movies. Think about it. Better to trick yourself into feeling good than succumbing to just being “fine.”
TAKE CARE OF YOU: It’s hard to think positive and feel positive when you are overwhelmed, exhausted or sick. You’re got to take time to recharge and rest if you’re going to keep your mindset primed on the positive. So whether it’s a hot bath on a Tuesday night or a Saturday with absolutely no PLANS, find a way to for some unscheduled quiet where you can re-connect with you. And being hungry can make you cranky too (well, there’s a medical reason – it could be a drop in blood sugar) so try to keep your eating habits consistent too!
DO THINGS YOU LOVE! We all have to do things we don’t necessarily like to do. Maybe it’s a repetitive and boring duty at work or something like cleaning the toilets at home. (I HATE cleaning toilets!) So if we focus on those things, we’ll become negative. Make sure you’re creating time and space in your life for the things that bring you joy and you love to do. And the very best – reward yourself after doing a task you don’t like, by doing one you do like. That will keep you focused on the good stuff, not the bad!
DUMP THE DOWNERS: Surround yourself with positive people. Nothing rubs off faster than a negative attitude, so stay away from those DOWNERS! Imagine you were standing up on top of a table and there was someone on the ground. If you were trying to pull them up, and they were trying to pull you down, who do you think would win? Obviously, it’s much easier to pull someone down than to pull someone up. So sometimes, rather than trying to change (or save) those negative people, we need to just stay on top of the table, and find some other table toppers to hang with!
GRATITUDE: In my book, the last chapter (and I saved the best for last) is Be Grateful for Everything, All the Time. I believe gratitude is the key to unlocking true happiness, joy and fulfillment. In fact, studies have shown that an attitude of gratitude is beneficial for your health, your moods, your relationships and your career satisfaction. When we can be grateful for everything, all the time, the world takes on a magical glow. So once again, I saved the best for last, if you want to keep your mindset positive and focused on the good, practice GRATITUDE!
I always say that children are our teachers, so here are two ‘kids’ who have a whole lot about life figured out!
I love Ted Talks and here’s a 16 year old girl who was born blind and has the most POSITIVE ATTITUDE ever!
“Positive anything is better than negative nothing.” Elbert Hubbard
“Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a shadow.” — Helen Keller
“Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you’ll start having positive results.” — Willie Nelson
“In order to carry a positive action we must develop here a positive vision.” — Dalai Lama
“Pessimism leads to weakness, optimism to power.” — William James
“Positive thinking is more than just a tagline. It changes the way we behave. And I firmly believe that when I am positive, it not only makes me better, but it also makes those around me better.” — Harvey Mackay
“Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.” — Winston Churchill
“Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
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End on a Smile – This video will show just how contagious our attitude can be. It’s a little long at 6 minutes, but it’s worth it!