Some people lead successful lives with a bad attitude, but they do not enjoy it much, nor does anyone around them. I believe that attitude is critical to beginning of this personal journey, because the mindset involved with starting or performing a task directly affects the outcome. Attitude matters because what a person gives is what he or she gets back, and because attitudes are inevitably contagious. Attitude can expand or limit possibilities.
Fortunately, attitude, unlike temperament or personality type, is not inherited but chosen. The choice entails taking responsibility for one’s own happiness instead of expecting others to produce it. People who want to change their attitude, or anything else about themselves, must think, talk, and act like the people they want to become. Generally, those with a positive attitude treat other people well. They look for the best in others. They seem determined to appreciate life, instead of finding fault at every turn. They are grateful.
Having chosen to have a good attitude, how is this decision managed? Attitude is neither inherited nor permanent. It will require daily readjustment. The following are the ways to manage a positive attitude:
* Find something positive in every person and every situation.
* Include something positive in every conversation.
* Replace negative expressions like “I’m afraid” with positive ones like “I am confident.”
* Keep a gratitude journal to encourage expressing gratitude to others every day.
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