Do you have a bad attitude? Are you constantly putting yourself down or making negative comparisons or assumptions? If so, your chronic negative attitude could be ruining your chances for happiness and success. What’s more, Psychology Today says that constantly being negative can harm your health. Is there anything you can do about it? You bet there is!
Before you can change your attitude about something, you must take responsibility for it. You must own it. Taking responsibility involves looking at the issue objectively and owning your thoughts, feelings, words and actions. What did you do to contribute to the situation?
You must stop blaming others. Others are not at fault. It’s entirely up to you to fix the situation.
Let Go of Expectations
Sometimes, our attitudes get out of hand when we have high or unrealistic expectations and things don’t go as planned. If your expectations are too high, you will always be disappointed, which could cause feelings of depression, anxiety or lack of control. These feelings can lead to a sense of failure and low self-esteem, which will only feed the negative thoughts.
Negative people and negative situations can adversely affect your attitude. Why? Your brain is naturally sensitive to negativity, says Psychology Today. As hard as you may fight against it, constant negativity will bring you down. The key to staying positive is to limit negativity. Don’t associate with negative people and avoid situations that are likely to bring you down.
Pick Positive People
Positivity, just like negativity, is infectious. If you surround yourself with positive people, you’re more likely to be positive as well. This will put you in a better position to believe in yourself and achieve your goals.
Make a Plan for Change
You can’t change any situation without a plan. Make a plan to change whatever it is that’s giving you a bad attitude. For example, if you hate your job, your plan may include applying and interviewing for a new position with a new company. Put your plan down on paper and break it into actionable steps and goals that you can follow.
Before you can change your attitude about anything, you must first recognize what’s happening and take responsibility for it. Once you do that, you can work through the process of letting go, limiting negativity and making a plan for change.
~Here’s to Your Success!
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