13 Positive Practices To Change Your Attitude
Who needs practice? We all do!
And I guess I’ll speak for myself because technically, I can’t really speak for you.
However, I’ve found that by practicing positive behavior;
this is one sure way to develop a positive character.
One of the most important action steps you can take toward living your greatest potential is to learn how to assess your attitude and its impact on your relationships, work performance and everyone around you.
Do you know how many hours it takes to master a skill? At a minimum, you can expect to spend at least 10,000 hours practicing a skill before you ever learn to master it. If creating personal value is a priority to you then you definitely want to spend time learning to master the skill of controlling your attitude.
Why is a positive attitude so valuable to a person? Because how you feel leads to how you behave. I once heard world renown motivational speaker Keith Harrell once say that he would generally start his workshops and seminars by asking a fundamental question: What attitude did you bring into this meeting?
In many instances, he would get puzzled looks because people don’t generally pay attention to their level of attitude. People are usually more aware of the fact that they’re hungry or maybe their head is hurting, but it’s rare that you’ll find someone who can comprehend the state of their existing attitude. This can lead to major problems because attitude truly is everything. It determines how we perceive things and how we respond to outside influences.
We are powerful people. And we all have a choice to make every moment of every day. We all have our own set of emotional and physical pain, heartache, hard times, hurt feelings and stress. The key is to realize that it’s not about what occurs to us that matters, what matters is how we choose to respond to what occurs. Your attitude determines in most cases how you choose to respond. Your attitude is simply a matter of choice. You can choose to approach life with a positive attitude or a negative one. It’s your choice but whatever you choose it will impact your relationships, your work performance and everyone who comes into contact with you.
Think of it like this… what goes in, is what comes out. If you evaluate your actions you’ll recognize them as a mirror reflection of what goes into your mind. Your mind is a computer that is constantly being programmed with new software. You can determine how this software is used within your mind.
When you learn to control your inner dialogue, which is how the installed software is managed in your mind, then you can control your attitude. Because it is the result of the inner dialogue or the choice after options are considered that ultimately determines your attitude, which determines how you present yourself to others & the world around you. Remember, you can control how your mind is being programmed to think and feel.
Sure, there are many of us who possess learned behavior patterns that was programmed into our minds from a very young age. The information we were exposed to in many cases were completely inaccurate and very harmful. The reality is that as members of our current society we cannot fully control being exposed to negative data, but we can decide if we’ll allow this negative information to be programmed into our brains. We can decide what information we focus on and act upon.
The loudest and most influential voice you hear is your own inner voice, your own self. Your self can work for you or against you, depending on what messages you allow to become dominant. Your self can be optimistic or pessimistic. Your self can weigh you down or encourage you to move forward. You control the sender of information and the receiver. It’s your very own inner dialogue that you must take responsibility for and decide to control the inner conversation that is taking place constantly.
You may at times feel stuck with a terrible attitude. The great news is that you can change a harmful attitude into a positive one if you really want to. If you’ve allowed a bad attitude to become a habit it’s probably because of bad past experiences and/or events. It’s probably because of the inability to deal with constant change, stress, fear, anger, low self-esteem and resentment. It takes an honest person and some deep soul searching to uncover the roots of a harmful attitude, but when you finally decide to take the time to change your attitude the rewards can be extremely satisfying, beneficial and can lasts forever.
How To Change Your Attitude Using 13 Positive Practices:
Positive Affirmations – Affirmations repeated several times each day, every day, serve to reprogram your subconscious with positive thinking. An affirmation is made up of words filled with power, passion and purpose. You send a positive response to your subconscious, which accepts whatever you tell it. When done properly, this triggers positive feelings that, in turn, drive positive behavior.
Positive Motives – Discover what motivates you—what drives you to take consistent action towards making changes in your life. Basic motives include love, self-preservation, anger, financial gain and fear. Self-motivation requires passion, purpose, excitement, a positive outlook, a positive physiology (walk faster, smile, sit up), and a belief in yourself and in your greatest potential.
Positive Visuals – Studies of the psychology of peak performance have found that most great athletes, surgeons, engineers and artists use affirmations and visualizations either consciously or subconsciously to enhance and focus their skills. Nelson Mandela has made references to how visualization helped him maintain a positive attitude while being imprisoned for 27 years. “I thought continually of the day when I would walk free. I fantasized about what I would like to do,” he wrote in his autobiography. Visualization works well to change the attitude of a person. Keep positive pictures of what you want in front of you daily.
Positive Self-Talk – Positive Attitude talk is a way to override your past negative programming by erasing or replacing it with a conscious, positive internal voice that helps you travel in new directions of change. Your internal conversation—that mere voice you listen to all day long—acts like a seed in that it programs your brain and affects your behavior. Take the time to pay close attention to what you are saying to yourself.
Positive Words – Once released to the universe, our words cannot be taken back. Learn the concept of WOW—watch our words. What we speak reflects what is already in our hearts based upon all the things we have come to believe about ourselves. If we find ourselves speaking negatively about our circumstances or those around us, we know the condition of our hearts must change. Your words have creative power. You can create your own path to success by the words you say everyday.
Positive Greeting – When people ask me how I’m doing, I say, “Fabulous.” I sometimes adopt a similar greeting to what a former pastor/friend of mine used to say, “I’m getting better everyday.” Most people enjoy being around others who make every attempt to live life for what it really is — a precious gift.
Positive Energy – Zealous is to attitude what breathing is to life. Being zealous enables you to apply your talents & gifts more effectively. It’s the innate burning desire to be passionate about living; the passion that communicates commitment, determination and joy. Zealous means devoted to a cause; acting upon a desire. You need the positive energy that being zealous offers to turn your attitude into action. It’s your own internal power that speaks through your actions from your commitment and your belief in what you are doing. It is one of the most empowering and attractive characteristics you can have. Get excited about life and get busy living!
Positive Spiritual Empowerment – The ultimate level of human need extends into the spiritual realm. Just as we feed our bodies in response to our primary need to survive physically, we must also feed our spirit to remain spiritually strong. Many people find powerful and positive motivation in their faith. I am one of those people. My faith is the core of who I am.
Positive Humor – Humor is a powerful motivator. The more humor and laughter in your life, the less stress you’ll have, which means more positive energy to help you put your attitude into action. There are also known health benefits to laughing at least 10 times a day. So lighten up a little!
Positive Physical Performance – One of the best ways to move to a more positive and motivated frame of mind is to exercise. A regular exercise routine can provide relatively quick positive feedback in the form of weight loss, muscle development and a sense of doing something positive for yourself. Get up and get moving; it makes a difference in your attitude!
Positive Character Traits – Practicing positive habits everyday will motivate you and those around you to strive for greatness. Develop a set of positive traits or characteristics that you can demonstrate on a consistent basis. People who have moral character show, by their actions and attitudes that they care about themselves, others and the environment.
Positive Audios – Listening to positive audios can help you to remain focused on your individual path to success. What you put into your mind on a daily basis will be reflected in your actions. You can change how you feel simply by changing the words that you are absorbing into your mind everyday.
Positive Relationships – It is often said that you become like the 5 people you surround yourself with the most. Relationships are critical to maintaining a positive attitude because of the shared energy, words, and overall influence that people have on one another. You may not always be able to control who you are around but you can limit the influential impact they have on your attitude by establishing boundaries and choosing to accentuate the positive and eliminate the negative.
What do you do everyday to help change your attitude?
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