A poor attitude goes well beyond just being a little grumpy or a little cranky. Anyone can get crabby or grouchy due to a bad day or a tough situation. The problem arises when you allow negativity to build up to such an extent that it becomes a pervasive part of your life.
A poor view of life is like a bad cloud you cannot get out from. It’s always there, and it’s affecting everything that you do. Like the cloud, a bad attitude sabotages your self-growth attempts. The good thing is that you have the ability to change change your mind. Follow the following three easy tricks to help change your attitude.
Picture a Better Life
Sure, it is always nice to fantasize about what a wonderful life you could have had if you were rich or famous. However, dreaming alone is not going to move you forward in this life. It is possible to use these fantasies to drive you to the kind of action you need to conquer your bad attitude.
Think of the areas where your life could improve if your outlook was to change. Instead of placing focus on all that’s wrong with your crumbling job, imagine how much better it might be if you were to focus on the positive aspects.
If you are unable to think of anything good about your job, you might want to look at some realistic alternatives to your current position or at least make it more bearable. Visualizing an improved situation will provide an opportunity to generate new ideas.
Avoid Becoming a Victim
The victim’s mindset is an easy pit to fall into, but it’s unhealthy because it encourages you to believe there’s nothing you can do about your present circumstances. This is not to assume that any life circumstances can easily be solved by positive thought.
However, even in extremely stressful times, you should start with at least one small part of your life that you can manage and then move on from there. Through seeing yourself in control and then doing even the slightest act of transformation, you will begin to adjust your mind and make things increasingly better. Each minor change adds up to a drastically different experience.
Use Positive Words
Our words have an impact on our feelings. We all know someone who often talks negatively, always complains, and refuses to truly look on the positive side. Let’s hope your mood hasn’t slipped to such depths. And if it does, you can turn things around by changing your vocabulary.
Start to practice substituting a sentence like, “I can do at least part of this task now and finish it at a more convenient time,” for a previous go-to expression like, “I’m never going to do that.” Positive-oriented vocabulary contributes to forward action. You’re going to feel more assured that improvement is inevitable when you start using your words more wisely.
These are three easy tricks to improve your attitude that involve nothing more than a few minor changes. Although it will take time to make these changes stick, you can soon see the progress that can be made with only a few tweaks.
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