“Develop an attitude of gratitude, and give thanks for everything that happens to you, knowing that every step forward is a step toward achieving something bigger and better than your current situation” – Brian Tracy.
What is attitude? Attitude is “the way that you think, feel or behave” – Oxford Dictionary. Attitude is a complex mental state involving beliefs and feelings and values and dispositions to act in a certain way.
We all have an attitude. Your attitude is usually the reaction you exhibit towards external stimuli. This is your response to an event or circumstance. How you react is totally dependant on the mental state of your mind, emotional feelings, and values you hold.
Your attitude towards life reflects the values you hold. This also reflects the way you live your life. If you have a positive mental attitude, you are more likely to live a very fulfilling and happy life. The opposite is also true if you have a negative mental attitude.
It is your responsibility to have a great attitude and maintain it. Remember that you have the power and control over the things that have a direct influence on your attitude. Do not think that your attitude runs on autopilot, no. You are responsible for it.
It is amazing to note that many of us are always giving excuses for our wrong or bad attitudes. Excuses, like I woke up on the wrong side, should never be entertained.
If you have to have a positive and successful life you should create a positive attitude towards life. Life gives you back what you give it.
Like I have said before, life will always give you surprises, what is important is the way you react to them. If you resolve to take a positive preposition, you will definitely triumph over any situation that may come your way.
I know, that sometimes it may be difficult to stay positive, but that’s what life entails, being able to overcome adversities.
We all fall down but very few get up. Even those that get up, very few rise quickly and strong enough to continue on the positive side of life.
You cannot control what happens around you, but you can consciously control your reactions and emotions. Attitude is everything, it governs the way you perceive the world and the way the world perceives you.
I have listed some of the strategies I use to help improve my attitude.
Lightening Up Life With Humor
They say laughter is medicinal. The more humor and laughter in your life the less stress you have. I try as much as possible to see the funny side of life every day. I believe that God created us to live a happy life but he also gave us a choice.
- reduce stress and other forms of emotional misery such as anxiety and fear.
- bond us with our fellow humorists, which in turn give us even more pleasure.
- boosts our immune system, lowers our blood pressure, oxygenates our blood, relaxes our muscles, and increases our pain tolerance, all of which gives us much more energy for more future laughter, pleasure, and happiness.
As can be seen from above when you choose to be happy; when you choose to laugh, you have less stress in your life.
You may not realise it, but the truth of the matter is that you have more power than you may know. The power to choose is a tool that is at everyone’s disposal all the time.
Ever since I took on the journey of personal development I have discovered that the power to chose lies squarely within my rights.
I have also learned to choose wisely and stick with my decisions. This is also something that I teach my children.
That they have the power to make their own choices and they should be responsible for the consequences of the choices they make.
One of the best ways to relieve stress is taking physical exercise. I have noticed that creating a regular routine of exercise not only gives me energy but also helps to unwind my mind. Exercising is also a source of motivation.
I normally go for my running routine early in the morning before I do anything. After the morning run, I have more than enough energy to see me through the day.
I encourage you to exercise regularly. Not only is exercising healthy for your body but also your mind and soul. You feel very refreshed after a workout. Your mind is more focused and your body is kept in optimum tune.
I believe that any form of exercise that suits you is good enough. Although it could be necessary that you consulted a physiotherapist if you have any underlying health conditions to help you devise a suitable routine for exercising.
Being enthusiastic means showing interest in the things that you do and getting pleasure from them. It means having an active and motivated attitude instead of a passive one. Keywords getting pleasure.
If you do not get pleasure from your daily work it might just mean that you are in the wrong field. Believe me, the main source of de-motivation is waking up every day and doing something that is not enjoyable. Hey, I have been there before.
I am one who is very much enthusiastic about what I do. Especially, writing articles for this blog. I find that am at peace and at home when I sit down to write.
I know that there are still a lot of areas that need to be improved, but I take pride in my work so far.
Being enthusiastic allows me to draw the much-needed energy to continue with my work. Enthusiasm is very key to taking responsibility for your attitude.
It is the burning desire that communicates commitment, determination, and spirit.
Enthusiasm is one of the most empowering and attractive characteristics you could ever have. Being enthusiastic speaks volumes about your attitude.
The Attitude of Positive Affirmations
“You cannot control what happens to you, but you can control your attitude toward what happens to you, and in that, you will be mastering change rather than allowing it to master you” – Brian Tracy.
Affirmations are statements that reinforce positive thoughts and attitudes. Am sure you have noticed that on the right bar of this website there are some quotes. I also deliberately try as much as possible to include positive quotes in my articles.
I find that frequently reading or reciting positive quotes can help lift my mood and therefore, increase my attitude towards life in general.
There are many sources for finding positive affirmations. I have a book full of them. I also recommend the Bible.
Positive affirmations can help you re-focus your mind when you are feeling downtrodden. That is why it is important that before you begin your day read a verse from the Bible. The Bible is the greatest source of encouragement for me.
When you develop the habit of making positive affirmations you will realise that there is a quote for almost every situation and circumstance.
Pay close attention to what you are saying to yourself it could just change your attitude.
Taking responsibility for your attitude could just help you accelerate your personal development and self-improvement attributes. It is, therefore, important that you realise as an individual that you are solely responsible for your attitude.
You have the right and power to decide how you are going to react to a particular situation. Having control of your attitude can also enhance the quality of your life.