“I am convinced that attitude is the key to success or failure in almost any of life’s endeavors. Your attitude – your perspective, your outlook, how you feel about yourself, how you feel about other people – determines you priorities, your actions, your values. Your attitude determines how you interact with other people and how you interact with yourself.” ~Carolyn Warner
There are a million forces trying to keep you from being successful; your attitude shouldn’t be one of them. A negative attitude is a guaranteed way to prevent you from achieving the success you’re looking for. Instead, adopt those habits which will lead to a positive attitude, like:
- Hang around positive people, especially when it comes to professional settings. If you want to socialize with life-sucking pessimists on your own time, go for it. Unfortunately, you may have coworkers who have negative attitudes. If that’s the case, first make sure it’s not actually you with the bad attitude, and then either address the issue or do what you can to minimize its effects.
- Fight a negative attitude or an overly positive attitude by focusing on reality. If you are unaware of the reality of the situation, your positive attitude can be just as damaging as a negative one. So be realistic about your talents and abilities, the current circumstances, and what your options are.
- Realize that negativity can be temporary. Mistakes happen. Stuff goes wrong. And when the resulting negative feelings come, that’s perfectly normal. While those feelings need to be legitimized, they don’t need to be dwelled upon. Learn what you can from a negative experience and don’t let it influence your long-term attitude.
- Do what you can to enjoy life. Work is important, but letting it engulf your life will likely not lead to a positive attitude or success. Reward yourself for a job well done, spend time with family and friends, learn and grow and expand. That positivity will breed a increasingly positive attitude.