A positive life is dependent upon your attitude. How do you view the challenges in life? Are you an optimist or pessimist? I firmly believe that a positive attitude leads to success in life.
The Benefits of a Positive Attitude
I recently came across a quote from Winston Churchill while writing an article about occupational success for a freelancing client. Mr. Churchill was quoted as saying, “Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.” This implies that your attitude directly affects your ability to succeed.
Another quote, a favorite of my husband’s, comes from the movie, Rocky Balboa and is equally meaningful. In the film, Sylvester Stallone says, “It ain’t about how hard you hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. How much you can take and keep moving forward, that’s how winning is done. ” Once again, it’s your attitude!
Your attitude, positive or negative, is the difference between success and failure. You are either an optimist or a pessimist in life. That is your choice! I can honestly say I have been on both sides and have chosen to live with a positive attitude. So, yes, you can change!
How to Have a Positive Attitude
For me, the greatest thing that impacted my attitude was my spiritual wellness. My religion led to my happiness. It gave me a reason to try harder and be a better person.
It also gave me a better understanding of human nature and helped me remove negative influences from my life.I am not saying that religion or spirituality is the only thing that works. All I can say is that it is what worked for me.
It gave me the strength to assess my life and make changes. Since I have taken that step, I have had a new lease on life. It was exactly what I needed to push me to improve my life, and I don’t want to go back!
1. Surround Yourself with Positive Influences
Find pictures that inspire you and hang them on your walls, in your cubicle, or keep them in your wallet. If you are feeling down, look at an image that makes you smile every single time. As a result, it will improve your attitude.
I recently found myself getting angry at other shoppers rudeness while grocery shopping. I walked around the corner and saw the sweetest, cutest smiling baby and couldn’t help but smile back. She will never know this, but that baby changed my attitude.
Visualizing happiness and positivity is a great way to get into the mindset of a positive attitude. If that means discarding every negative image in your life, do it! If it means not hanging around certain friends as much, do it! You will feel as if a weight has been lifted off your shoulders!
2. Take Responsibility for Your Mistakes
Everyone makes mistakes. Acknowledge those mistakes, apologize to those you have wronged, and strive to do better next time. It is never too late to say you are sorry and make amends. However, if you are going to apologize, be sincere or don’t apologize until it is heart felt.
If you were not in the wrong, but feel bad about the way things ended, make peace with that. You may not owe an apology for your words, but do you regret your actions? Send the person a letter or card if it is difficult for you to put your thoughts into words. Clear the air.
Doing something for someone else who appreciates the gesture will improve your outlook. I have always loved to volunteer and enjoy being able to help others, even if it is in very small ways. You could pick up groceries for a neighbor or take a meal to someone ill.
Volunteering doesn’t require you to sacrifice anything except time. It is worth the effort!
4. Be Kind
Hold a door open for a stranger. Help someone in a grocery store to reach an item on a high shelf! These are simple kindnesses that anyone can do. Go out of you way to help someone!
Kindness, although it may not be acknowledged, will be received warmly by others. People see you make a kind gesture and it inspires them to do the same. Be an example of the type of person you wish this world had more of.
Small gestures are another kindness that is contagious. Say please and thank you, leave a big tip at restaurants, and be courteous to others. It may take some time to make it a habit, but it will make you feel better about yourself.
5. Let Go
If you are holding a grudge or have negative thoughts about a person who wronged you, it is best to just let it go. Forgive them and move on. It only hurts you to allow negative emotions to fester, so why let it continue drag you down?
Holding on to things that are negative prevents positive things from entering your life. It’s like trying to force two opposing forces into the same space when they simply cannot occupy it together. You have to choose one or the other, so let the negativity go.
Live a Positive Life!
I’m not going to lie, change isn’t easy, but it is worth the effort. Change your attitude from negative to positive one gesture at a time. It will make your life much more enjoyable. The suggestions above are just a tip of the iceberg.
What do you do to improve your attitude and think positively? If you have a suggestion, leave a comment.
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