Attitudes are contagious, is yours worth catching?

There are few things more powerful than a positive attitude. The most exciting thing about being human is we get to choose what our attitude is going to be. Yes you read correct we choose our attitude.

When we decide to be a person that goes through life not blaming anyone for our situation we immediately take positive steps to a healthy attitude.  The power of a positive attitude has far reaching effects, not only will you feel better but the people around you will feel better in the company of a person with a positive attitude.

No one can tell you that you are not allowed to be a happy person, admittedly this may not happen over night, it takes time and effort to maintain a positive attitude but it is well worth it.

Follow these 5 simple steps to give yourself the best chance of creating and maintaining a positive attitude.

  1. Find a way to smile every day.

Life is so much easier with a smile on your face, smiling relaxes your face and helps you feel happier. It also encourages those around you to smile, further building a more pleasant environment for your positive attitude to develop. Having a prompt to smile can be very useful, try smiling every time you look at your watch.

  1. Create positive energy in the space you spend most time.

If you are in front of a computer a lot, be sure your desktop has a photo of family or of things that bring happy thoughts when you see them. Do this in a small way to other environment’s you frequent. Leave notes with positive messages in draws throughout your house.

  1. Choose the people you let impact your energy levels.

When you choose to have a positive attitude your world will start to change, you will see the people in your life that are negative and never seem to have anything positive to say, spend less time with these people, they will be a huge drain of your positive energy.

  1. Make small adjustments often.

Creating a positive attitude is based on lots of little adjustments to how we see the world, aim to find a positive in every situation, no matter how bad it may seem, there is always something positive that can be found.  Do this when you are watching news stories, typically the news will be filled with stories that are not upbeat and positive, create a positive for each story.

  1. Use doors to reset your mind.

Having the capacity to reset or adjust our thinking is vital if we aspire to have a positive attitude. To reset our thinking can be seamless and the more we work on this the better we become. It’s particularly important to reset our mind if we are in a bad mood or have had a negative experience, it’s easy to miss opportunities or even worse take our frustrations out on those we care about. Doors are perfect tools to use to reset our mind. Before you walk through a door take a moment to gather your thoughts and leave all the baggage and negativity behind. Count how many doors you go through in a day, toilet, house, car, elevator, and buildings so many opportunities to create a positive frame of mind.

Having a positive attitude doesn’t mean the problems of the world go away, far from it, it is simply allowing our mind to find a positive approach to every situation.

Every night I take my leg off before I go to bed, I wake in the morning and hop to the toilet, have a shower on one leg and then hop back to my bed and put my leg on, it’s at this point I am reminded how lucky I am to only be missing a bit of my leg. I am grateful to be missing only half of one leg, I often remind myself it could be much worse. We are not always in a position to change the world, but we are always in a position to change our attitude to the way we see it.

 

Don Elgin

Don Elgin is a Paralympian, motivational speaker and author of One Foot on The Podium, now available at book stores and online at www.donelgin.com.au

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