8 strategies to improve your attitude.

Negative people see obstacles. Positive people look for solutions.

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Just recognize the powerful force that is your attitude, and use it to your advantage.

Here are some strategies to improve your attitude:

1. Smile:

It’s amazing how powerful a smile can be. It actually changes your brain chemistry. Even if you don’t feel like it, try to smile regularly throughout. Others will respond to you more favorably and you’ll naturally feel more positive.

2. Self-Coaching Through Affirmations:

Repeated several times each day, every day, serve to reprogram your subconscious with positive thinking. An affirmation is made up of words charged with power, conviction, and faith. You send a positive response to your subconscious, which accepts whatever you tell it. When done properly, this triggers positive feelings that, in turn, drive action.

3. Seek Solutions:

Negative people see obstacles. Positive people look for solutions. Instead of pointing out a challenge and waving the white flag of surrender, approach it like a puzzle. How can we turn the situation around? How can we fix the problem? How can we make this work? It’s fine to be skeptical, but bring your own ideas to the table as well.

4. Remain Professional:

Negative attitude comes from a place of emotion: Frustration, anger, disappointment, etc. Do your best to set these feelings aside. The workplace is a professional environment—it’s your responsibility to act professionally. That means using tact and diplomacy, stating facts before feelings, and finding ways to get the job done—even when it’s uncomfortable.

5. Respect Others:

Negative attitude sucks the energy from those around you. Give your team members or colleagues or family/friends the respect they deserve. Even if you are not feeling particularly positive, focus on the bigger picture. You’re a part of the team and your attitude matters. A little effort goes a long way.

6. The Power in a Positive Greeting:

When people ask you how you’re doing, just say, “Super-fantastic.” Most people enjoy working and living with others who try to live life for what it is—a beautiful gift.

7. The Power of Words:

Once released to the universe, our words cannot be taken back. Learn the concept of “WOW”—watch our words. What we speak reflects what is already in our hearts based upon all the things we have come to believe about ourselves. If we find ourselves speaking judgmental and disparaging things about our circumstances or those around us, we know the condition of our hearts needs to change. You can create a direct path to success by what you say.

8. Enthusiasm:

Vital Tool for Staying Motivated: Enthusiasm is to attitude what breathing is to life. Enthusiasm enables you to apply your gifts more effectively. It’s the burning desire that communicates commitment, determination, and spirit. Enthusiasm means putting yourself in motion. It’s an internal spirit that speaks through your actions from your commitment and your belief in what you are doing. It is one of the most empowering and attractive characteristics you can have.

Seek your personal and professional success by using the strategies above. It is no secret that life seems to reward us most when we approach the world with a positive attitude.

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