Your attitude will greatly impact your life and leadership. Author John Maxwell says, “Your attitude colors every aspect of your life. It is like the mind’s paintbrush. It can paint everything in bright, vibrant colors–creating a masterpiece. Or it can make everything dark and dreary.” The attitude you have on a regular basis is your choice. Even though attitude is a choice does not mean it’s always easy to maintain a positive attitude. Your attitude is something you need to constantly control and shift toward the positive. Here are 3 ways to shift your attitude toward the positive:
1. Your inner life
Your inner life can greatly impact your attitude. A person’s self-talk, pattern of thoughts, and what they regularly think about and ponder upon will shape their life. What happens on the inside comes out in your attitude and behaviors. James Allen said, “You are today where your thoughts have brought you; you will be tomorrow where your thoughts take you.” This is why you should constantly be aware and guard what goes on within your inner life, making sure your self-talk, thoughts, and thinking correlate with the good and positive. Whenever you notice yourself moving toward the bad or negative, be intentional about shifting back to the good or positive. This habit will cause you to shift your attitude toward the positive.
2. Be careful about who you spend time with
The truth is that you become like the people you regularly associate with and spend time around. The attitudes, behaviors, and mindset of those people will impact your own attitude, either for the good or bad. It can cause you to maintain a positive attitude or direct it toward the negative. This is why spending time with the right people is so crucial. Shift your attitude toward the positive by intentionally being around those who consistently (for the most part) possess a positive, optimistic, and kind attitude.
At the same time you need to limit your time with certain people. The people who always tend to bring up the bad, gossip, bad talk, or generally speak negatively should take up very little of your time. These type of attitudes or are toxic to a positive attitude. For those who have a bad or negative attitude but you can’t avoid or disengage interactions with such as those you work with or have to be around in some other setting, the best choice is to limit your interactions with them whenever possible.
3. What you consume
The good or bad content you consume on a regular basis will show through in your attitude (and behaviors). Consume the good and you will be able to shift your attitude toward the positive. Since first embarking on my personal growth journey, I’ve seen the positive impact personal growth content has had on my attitude and mindset. Reading or listening to content that has a good message can greatly shape your attitude toward the positive. This is one of the powerful benefits of maintain a personal growth plan, you will be able to shift your attitude toward the positive.
While you should consume good content you also must avoid bad content. Your attitude can be negatively impacted when you spend a lot of time watching TV shows like the news or reality shows, listening to gossip or talk radio, certain podcasts, or music. These things generally have a bad or negative angle on what is being shared, in turn it can impact your attitude for the bad.
Questions: How do you shift your attitude toward the positive? What techniques work well with you?
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