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How to Achieve and Maintain a Positive Attitude

How to achieve and maintain a positive attitude

How to achieve and maintain a positive attitude

Your attitude is, "the sum of all your thoughts and feelings towards any issue."

You will have attitudes about everything.

Attitudes about the monarchy. Attitudes about the police. Attitudes about your boss, your work, your family and friends.

You also have an attitude towards yourself, which psychologists call your self-concept.

Your attitudes are important because they affect two things about you:

  1. How you feel in any given situation,
  2. How you will respond to any given situation.

If you have positive attitudes, you will feel strong and act in an adaptive way.

If you have negative attitudes, then you won't feel strong, and you will act in a maladaptive way.

Your attitudes are based upon your fundamental beliefs about who you are, what you are capable of, what are your limitations, your place in the social hierarchy, and the way the world works.

Positive People

People with positive attitudes tend to think along the following lines:

  • I am an intelligent person, who is capable of learning whatever I need to, in order to achieve my goals.
  • Other people are not really better, nor worse, than me.

  • Other people have a different skill set.
  • Therefore, other people represent an asset, to me. They know things I don't know and they can do things I cannot do.
  • I will ally myself to other people and work in cooperative ways with them, to achieve shared goals that are in our mutual interest.
  • The world is a place that is full of opportunity and risk. It is neither, inherently for me, nor against me. The world just IS.
  • My job in life is to achieve my goals without violating the rights of others. And I will do that by forming alliances with like-minded people.
  • The future is good.
  • I am a good person who is willing to help others, in return for their help.
  • I will set worthwhile goals, formulate plans and spend each day taking positive actions, in order to achieve my goals for the good of myself, my family, my community and the planet.

Negative People

On the other hand, people with negative attitudes tend to think along the opposite lines:

  • I am not a very educated person. I am probably not capable of achieving my goals, since it is not what you know, but who you know, that really counts.
  • Other people are better than me.
  • Other people are not as good as me.
  • Other people represent a threat to me. They know things I don't know and they can do things I cannot do. I cannot compete with others.
  • How can I win when I am against such stiff competition for limited places?
  • The world is a place that is full of dangers and risk. It feels like the world and luck are against me.
  • The world is unfair and unjust. It is a mean and nasty place.
  • My job is to get through the day without getting into too much trouble.
  • The future is not looking good.
  • I am a person in need, who needs lots of help.
  • I will hope for the best; and I'll wait for a change of government.

How to become a more positive person

Read the two descriptions above and decide which one sounds more like the voice you have running in your mind. Is it the positive or the negative one?

If it has elements of both, or if it is more negative, then you need to make some conscious changes to your inner monologue.

Read and memorise the Positive People list and repeat it to yourself throughout your day.

Every time you repeat the points, they become a working part of your mental method.

This will affect how you think, how you feel and how you act and will, therefore, affect the results you get in your life.

Remember: Positive attitude = positive results.

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