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Personal Development Develop a Positive Attitude

Personal Development Develop a Positive Attitude

Personal development: Develop a positive attitude

Your attitude acts as a self-fulfilling prophecy: meaning, if you think you can win, you are raising your chances that you will win. And if you think you can't win, you are almost guaranteeing you won't win. In order to win, in reality, you must first be able to win, mentally, in your imagination.

If you cannot see yourself as being successful, in your imagination, then you are severely hampering your chances of realising your success.

Your attitudes act as a self-fulfilling prophecy

Over the long stretch, you tend to get, not what you want, but rather, what you think about.

If you think all day about what you have to do next to be more successful, then over five years you will tend to become successful.

But if you think all day about how unlucky you've been and how nobody will give you a chance, and how the rich get richer and the poor get poorer, and how unjust the world is, then five years from now, your situation will have deteriorated.

Why is it that your mental attitude affects external results?

Because:

  • Your external results are affected by your actions.
  • Your actions are controlled by your thoughts.
  • Therefore, your external results are affected by your thoughts.

I know that other people and outside circumstances can affect you too, but that does not change the fact that you are in your own life, every day, all day, exerting an influence for good or ill on your own results.

  • If your own influence on your own results is regressive, fearful, and negative, then that will have an accumulative negative effect that, over five years, is plain for everyone else to see.
  • But on the other hand, if your own influence on your own results is progressive, fearless, and positive, then that positive attitude will have an accumulative positive effect that over the same five years, will be plain for everyone else to see.

Take conscious control of your own attitude

By force of will and self-awareness your goal, and challenge, is to see yourself and other people through the lens of a positive attitude.

How can I do that? How can I see the world through the lens of a positive attitude?

You can do that by trying to restrict your thinking: to think constantly about the answers to the following questions:

  • What do I want to achieve?
  • How can I achieve it?
  • Who can they help me?
  • What can I do to help them in return for their help?

A positive attitude requires that you find evidence to support the following beliefs:

  • "I can achieve my goals, if I do the right things in the right order."
  • "Nobody can stop me; nobody is trying to stop me".
  • "If I want things to be better, I must first make my performance better."
  • "Given enough time, I can do whatever I set my mind to."
  • "In order to achieve my goals, I must gain the cooperation of other people, so, in order to do that, I will be cooperative with other people."

Think in these terms, and only in these terms.

Never allow your mind to sway to their opposites.
Banish the opposites from the stage of your mind.

Never allow these thoughts to remain in mind:

  • I can't
  • I can't be bothered
  • If it can go wrong it will go wrong
  • Nobody has given me a chance

This type of thinking is poison to your future.

Replace it with thoughts like.

  • "I can
  • I will
  • I expect the best from myself
  • I make my own luck"

Remember that:

Therefore you should take control of your thoughts.

Develop a positive mental attitude.

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About the Author: Chris Farmer

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Chris Farmer is the founder of the Corporate Coach Group and has many years’ experience in training leaders and managers, in both the public and private sectors, to achieve their organisational goals, especially during tough economic times. He is also well aware of the disciplines and problems associated with running a business.

Over the years, Chris has designed and delivered thousands of training programmes and has coached and motivated many management teams, groups and individuals. His training programmes are both structured and clear, designed to help delegates organise their thinking and, wherever necessary, to improve their techniques and skills.

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